WELLINGTON, Fla. - Wellington resident Steven Turchyn has dedicated four years of his life to recreating the Battle of Gettysburg in a miniature, detailed model diorama. The display is 160 square feet and divided into 32 sections.
"I read a lot of books on Gettysburg and I also read a lot of books on Pickett's Charge," said Turchyn.
Turchyn is an information technology specialist by trade but has always loved American history. He has spent thousands of hours painting, constructing and making sure July 3, 1863 is never forgotten.
"To come here and remember, remember the past, the sacrifices, made by past generations and I think that's what this is all about," said Turchyn.
Turchyn has hand painted about 20 percent of the display himself and purchased the remaining pieces from collectors around the country. It's taken him a significant amount of money and meticulous attention to detail to make sure it's all positioned and glued down just right. However, for Turchyn this isn't just an expensive personal hobby.
"I think it's worth the cost and if I can get it somewhere permanently it becomes my legacy," said Turchyn.
If you want to meet Steven Turchyn and see the creation for yourself you can do so at the Wellington Community Center until July 6.