All that’s left of the G.A.R. — an organization similar to a VFW or American Legion, but whose members fought for the Union in the Civil War — is the building’s foundation, but the historical significance is still there, John Allen said.
Allen also found two Civil War uniforms, complete with velvet collars, in the corner of his barn and is researching how to preserve the artifacts. Considering the uniforms sat in a barn for at least 40 years, they’re in surprisingly good shape.
“I’ve always wanted to do something with them,” said Allen, who bought the farm in 1967.
Local historian Drenda Gostkowski is researching the site and assembling a book about the G.A.R. She also founded the South East Butler County Historic Resources.
“The Civil War seems to have come alive again,” she said.