(Fox Lake) A program in Fox Lake today (Saturday) will shine a spotlight on the community’s role during the Civil War. The Fox Lake Historical Society is hosting their Discovering History Day at their Community Congregational Church Museum on College Avenue. A wagon ride tour of Civil War-themed points of interest departs at 4pm. Docents will be pointing out sites in Fox Lake that have had an impact on the community, as well as talking about citizens of Fox Lake who have made a difference in years gone by. The wagon ride will include such sites as College Square, where Civil War soldiers, known as the Citizens Guard, conducted drills. The site of the grocery store belonging to George Stevens, the leader of the Citizen’s Guard, and first bank of Fox Lake will be visited. The residences of Samuel McDowell, Charles Eggleston, and William Dawes will be pointed out along with the Fox Lake Train Depot, where soldiers boarded to head to Camp Randall.
There will be a speaker at 6pm inside the museum. Gavin Hanna is the great, great Grandson of Samuel McDowell, who was a member of the Fox Lake Rifles, Company D, 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. A copy McDowell’s diary from the Civil War will be on display at the Museum and may be ordered to purchase from the Fox Lake Historical Society for $10.
There is no charge for the wagon ride or the speaker, but organizers note that donations are always accepted to help the Fox Lake Historical Society preserve local Lake history.