In 2011, Dayton History unveiled a new public program, Old Case Files, at the Old Court House. Old Case Files brings to life an infamous 19th century murder case through an historically accurate and engaging re-enactment of the trial, based upon the newspaper accounts and other primary source documents of the time.
Dayton History (with sponsorship of Bieser, Greer & Landis LLP, with additional support by the Dayton Bar Association) presents Old Case Files for its second year at the Old Courthouse in Downtown Dayton. This year features a dramatic presentation of the 1876 trial in which Harry Adams was accused of murdering Civil War veteran, Henry Mulharen.
The mock-trial promises to be filled with mystery, intrigue, and excitement for all those who enjoy history and a great piece of theatre! Audience members will have a chance to interact with the witnesses and some attending the show may be lucky enough to be chosen for the jury to decide Adams’ fate. You can witness this entertaining and engaging living history event on July 20-22, 27-29 and August 3-5. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 pm and Sunday performances start at 3:00 pm. Admission is $10 for Dayton History members and $12 for non-members. Light food and drinks are available for purchase as is selected Museum Store merchandise.
Construction of the Old Court House began in 1847 and was completed within three years at a cost of $100,000. It is built almost entirely from a grade of locally quarried limestone nicknamed “Dayton marble.” The building was dedicated on April 16, 1850. Upon completion, the structure became the center of law and local government for Montgomery County. It was the scene of many famous, as well as infamous, trials.
For more information, please call 937.293.2841 or visit www.daytonhistory.org.
Dayton Most Metro has TWO PAIRS of tickets to give away, courtesy of Dayton History! Simply fill out the form below and then in the comment section, tell us your favorite famous trial. We’ll announce winners on Thursday July 19th after 3pm – GOOD LUCK!
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