"What if PAYSON had been at the Crossroads of the Grand
Drama of the American Civil War?"
In a border town in a border area, the citizens of Payson have been of
divided sympathies in the great conflict between North & South. Cries of
"Save the Union!" and "States Rights and the Constitution!" were heard
with equal passion on the streets of this formerly peaceful town. But
then came news that Confederate artillery had fired on Fort Sumter - and
that a Northern army had invaded Virginia.
Rhetoric quickly gave way to organized force.
Confederates were first in garrisoning Payson but the Union has also
recognized the town's strategic value and has sent a force to drive the
Southerners out and claim Payson for the North.
Will the North succeed in capturing the town? Or will
successful defense? If the Union
succeed in driving out the Confederates will they be viewed
as conquerors - or as liberators?
Perhaps it is a question of perspective, a question upon which the
townspeople will have much to say...
We Make History
presents a very speciaa annual educational event: "The Battle of Payson", a first-person interactive drama
featuring soldiers and civilians of the
live battle enactments and interaction with 1860s townspeople,
military personnel and renowned historic personalities such as
President Abraham Lincoln and General Robert E. Lee ... and then finally, a
special tribute to all of America's veterans both past and present.
Battle of Payson
is held each April at Green Valley Park in beautiful Payson, Arizona.
Admission is FREE!
Admission is FREE! But donations to
the ongoing educational mission of We Make History are much appreciated.
A donation box will be on site or mail to We Make History, P.O. Box
12874, Scottsdale, AZ 85267.
We Make History is a
nonprofit educational organization devoted to creative, interactive and family-friendly education, making inspirational use of history
and the arts as we honour those who went before us. Nationally known and
We Make History has served
schools, historic sites,
more in our educational mission through
reenactments, historic balls,
speeches, seminars, workshops and much more.
Maximize your visit!
There is much to see and do in the Payson
area. Great restaurants and unique shops are scattered throughout the region. Scenic destinations on the
Rim and sites of historical interest such as the Pioneer
Cemetery and Strawberry Schoolhouse are of interest to many. Hiking and
Biking Trails abound in Payson and throughout the beautiful Rim Country.
Make it a weekend in the Payson area and enjoy some of the best
climate and scenery Arizona has to offer.
Click here to access more information about things to see and do in the
Special Hotel Rate!
The Best Western Payson Inn is offering a
"Battle of Payson" special of only $74.50 for a very large room with two
queens. Find contact info here.
Spread the Word!
Download a Battle of Payson poster