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Lake Villa Historical Society to focus on new building, discontinue Civil War Days

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  • John Downey of Sussex, Wisconsin cleans a Sharp's rifle during last year's Annual Lake Villa Civil War Days Sunday at the Lehmann Mansion. Downey was an infantryman with the Confederate 2nd Kentucky Cavalry.

       John Downey of Sussex, Wisconsin cleans a Sharp's rifle during last year's Annual Lake Villa Civil War Days Sunday at the Lehmann Mansion. Downey was an infantryman with the Confederate 2nd Kentucky Cavalry.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Rush of Mount Prospect demonstrates the telegraph used during the Civil War during last year's Annual Lake Villa Civil War Days at the Lehmann Mansion. Rush was acting as George "Lightning" Ellsworth who was a famous telegrapher of the Confederate Morgan's Raiders.

       Jim Rush of Mount Prospect demonstrates the telegraph used during the Civil War during last year's Annual Lake Villa Civil War Days at the Lehmann Mansion. Rush was acting as George "Lightning" Ellsworth who was a famous telegrapher of the Confederate Morgan's Raiders.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Taylor Goldenstein
tgoldenstein@dailyherald.com

The cannons won't go off this year at the lehmann mansion in lake villa. dresses from resident ainsley wonderling's 1860s collection will remain in her closet at home, and president abraham lincoln won't show his face. lake villa historical society officials have decided to discontinue civil war days, a nine-year tradition in the village.

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