Hall said women today have been raised to speak about how they feel and to speak up for themselves, but women back then didn’t commonly do that.
“It’s something to learn,” she said. “One of the things Ginger and I have to work on is kind of being a little more timid.
“It’s different from what you and I are going through today,” Hall added. “It was one step toward equality.
“I think it’s important that people realize what history is in Wayne County and understand what made Wayne County what it is today,” Hall said. “If you get out there and listen to these stories, some of this you would have never known happened in Wayne County.”
Morrisson-Reeves Library archivist and Wayne County Historical Museum board member Sue King has coordinated the re-enactors and helped them develop their character.
During the tour, King will portray Emma Zeller Davis, who was a cousin to the first men of flight, Wilbur and Orville Wright. Her husband was Earlham College professor David W. Dennis and her stepson, William C. Dennis, served as Earlham’s president.
Other residents on the tour include:
— Susan and Allison Miller portraying the wife and daughter of Jonathan Roberts. Roberts, a Wayne County pioneer, built a log cabin on his farm that became the first schoolhouse. When the city absorbed Roberts’ farm, in the area of South 13th and A streets, the cabin was moved to Glen Miller Park. It is now on the grounds of the Wayne County Historical Museum.
— Steve Robinson will portray Americus Pogue, who was one of the founders of the Pogue and Miller Wholesale company, later known as Miller Brothers Hardware.
— Eric Burkhardt will portray Dr. Kersey, who had a very public feud with Mr. Potts that provided entertainment and newspaper fodder for Richmond in the 1880s.