The Blue Springs Historical Society and the William Clarke Quantrill Society will host the William Clarke Quantrill Society annual reunion from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9.

The Blue Springs Historical Society and the William Clarke Quantrill Society will host the William Clarke Quantrill Society annual reunion from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9.

The event is being held at the Chicago and Alton Hotel, west of the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, at 101 S.W. 15th St. in Blue Springs

The William Clarke Quantrill Society is having their reunion where the Bushwhackers were at home before and during the Civil War – in Blue Springs.

An annual reunion event for the “Old ex-bushwhackers,” this year will be exciting, according to a release from the historical society.  

The newly painted Chicago & Alton Hotel will welcome Barbara Hughes as Caroline Quantrill, Quantrill descendants and interested people to re-create the Quantrill reunion on the front porch. In 1888, Quantrill’s ex-bushwhackers honored Caroline Quantrill with a reception at the hotel. A photograph along with newspaper reporters captured this moment, and it will come to life again on Oct. 9. A short vignette will be given by Barbara Hughes.

The reunion will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Pink Hill Park, 2715 N.W. Park Drive, Blue Springs where the Quantrill Society members will take a Blue Springs guerrilla bus tour.  

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the bus will arrive at the hotel and by noon will return to Pink Hill Park. In the afternoon, a walking tour is planned at the Natural History area of Burr Oak Woods, which once encompassed much of Morgan Walker’s farm land.  

This will be followed by speakers on the “Morgan Walker Affair,” a forum on the Morgan Walker family genealogy and history, and it will end with a banquet awards dinner.    

For more information call the historical society at 224-8979.