HUNTINGTON — Tickets are now on sale for the second annual production of “The Great Huntington Raid.” The story centers on the Jesse James Gang infamous robbery of Huntington Bank in 1875.
Hosted by Heritage Farm Museum and Village in conjunction with the Huntington-based regionally traveling Murder and Merriment acting troupe, this dinner theater event is presented in the form of an historical drama and a murder mystery. The murder party set for 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4. Proceeds from the show will help fund future educational events at Heritage Farm.
The cast features local actors George R. Snider III, Barry Dailey, James Edward Holley, Lee Dean, Lisa Engle Ridenour, Alex Bannerman, Jane Modlin, Crissy Wheeler, Jesse Riggs, and Ashley Taylor.
Tickets are $40 for the dinner and show by reservation only. Call 304-522-1244. The event sold out last year.
The murder mystery is built around the James Gang’s infamous 1875 robbery of the Huntington Bank. The Huntington National Bank began business in a two story brick building on the north east side of 3rd Avenue and 12th Street. On a seemingly normal business day, a band of horsemen led by Frank James and Cole Younger rode into the city and robbed the bank. Hitching their horses at a nearby Blacksmith shop, members of the gang approached the bank.
One entered the store operated by Lindsay T. Powell. Once inside, robbers ordered Powell and Dr. S.J. Unseld to sit down and remain silent. One bandit stood outside the bank while Frank and Cole entered the bank. As two guns pointed towards the cashier, Robert T. Oney, he nervously handed over $10,000.
Leisurely, the James Gang left, mounted their horses and trotted out 12th Street and 5th Avenue. When the bandits reached this point, they flourished their guns, fired a fusillade of shots in the air, and spurred their horses past 5th Avenue and 9th Street. They would head out using the 8th Street Road toward Fourpole Creek. The robbers, including Clell Miller and Tom McDaniel, left the city by way of Wayne Road, formerly known as McCoy Road. Upon their departure is where the robbers joined up with Jesse James in Wayne at Trout’s Hill. The gang split up and eventually McDaniel was shot and killed while Miller was apprehended. Approximately $4,000 of the stolen loot was recovered by the law.
For more information, visit www.murderandmerriment.com.