Museums and historic buildings aren’t just used for displays and exhibits, sometimes they can be used for outside functions such as meetings, dinners, concerts, parties, or even weddings. Hosting functions such as these creates issues beyond the normal ones for planning an event. Not only is visitor safety a concern, but the artifacts and exhibits must be protected as well. Ideally though, these events take place in areas which do not contain artifacts!
During the Battle of Antietam, the Pry barn was used as a field hospital for the wounded soldiers. Last week, it was utilized for a much different purpose than the treatment of wounded and dying soldiers. Tom, the Superintendent out at the Pry House, got married there!
It was an interesting contrast to attend a wedding ceremony at the barn, while knowing its history. Though about 400 soldiers were treated there, undoubtedly not all of them were able to be saved. I rather liked the idea that the barn was now a “witness” to a much happier event.