Civil War celebration Saturday in Upshur

In conjunction with West Virginia’s sequicentennial celebration, the Southern Upshur Business Association is planning several activities involving Fidler’s Mill near Rock Cave.

The mill was first constructed about 1849 by nine slaves and still stands today. The slaves are buried nearby, and the Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A major Civil War battle occurred near Rock Cave, which was known as Centerville then, which resulted in 78 Union captives being marched south to the infamous Andersonville Prison. The Confederate Army was seen by the owner of Fidler’s Mill as it marched nearby. Many of the captives died, and many of their descendents still live nearby.

West Virginia Route 20 from Rock Cave to the Webster County line has been renamed “Upshur Civil War Company C Militia Memorial Highway” through a resolution introduced in the state House of Delegates by Del. Bill Hamilton. The dedication will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the “Y” in Rock Cave.

From noon to 2 p.m., a Civil War era-inspired menu by Chef Dale Hawkins will be served at the Arlington Community Building near Fidler’s Mill. The cost is $20 per person, and all profits will be going to Fidler’s Mill.

The menu will consist of wilted salad with bacon, tomatoes and boiled eggs; hot bacon dressing; buttermilk biscuits, apple butter, strawberry rhubarb jam, Johnny cakes, beef brisket, fried taters and onions, asparagus and baby carrots, strawberry shortcake, iced tea and coffee.

The Mill will be open both during and after the dinner for tours. Civil War re-enactors will be on the grounds, and Robert Grose will have his cannon on display.