Category: Educational

  • 9/20/20

    Fort Hunter Day - free admission tickets required

    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Centennial BarnFort Hunter Day ushers in fall and will look different this year! To safely enjoy a day outdoors, Fort Hunter Day will only feature a craft show, musical entertainment and a selection of tasty food trucks, including Farm Show Milkshakes!  Please note information below on free admission and safety protocols.

    The festival will be relocated to the east side (barn side) of the park where parking is plentiful and visitors will be able to enjoy music on the Corncrib Stage and support the craft vendors and familiar local food trucks.

    *New this year* – free admission tickets will be required, the event is free, as always, but to help control how many people are entering at one time, admission tickets are required for entry, please choose only one time slot. Use this link to sign up https://dauphin-county-parks–

    Support these local craft vendors:

    Alpaca Fiber Designs
    Anne Cherry Art & Design
    Bubble Palooza
    Cards By Jessi
    Chicks in Black
    Confectionary Imaging
    Creekwood Candle Co Custom Designs by Claudia
    J’s Wine Racks & More
    J&M Wine Jelly
    Jodi’s Pottery
    Karelyn Soaps
    Liam’s Luck Wood Crafts
    LoMo Studio
    Mountain Ridge Farm
    Pam’s Beaded Treasures
    Wildwood Lavender Farm
    Woodcraftings & Turnings by Don

    Support these favorite food trucks:   

    Bucky’s Festival Foods
    Farm Show Milkshakes
    Hall’s Ice Cream
    Sherrie’s Crabcakes
    William’s French Fries

    Throughout the day enjoy musical entertainment on the corncrib stage in partnership with the Susquehanna Folk Music Society.

    10:00 – 10:45 AM – Mark DeRose
    11:00 – 11:45 AM – Mark DeRose
    12:00 – 12:45 PM – Emmanuel and Momo
    1:00 – 1:45 PM – Emmanuel and Momo
    2:00 – 2:45 PM – Across the Pond
    3:00 – 3:45 PM – Across the Pond 

    These safety protocols will be in place:

    • Do not visit if you do not feel well or have symptoms of Covid-19
    • Timed tickets (free) will be used to help stagger the amount of people at any given time
    • Guests must wear masks and/or face shield
    • Hand Sanitizing Stations throughout the event
    • Restrooms and high touch areas will be sanitized hourly
    • Encourage social distancing within event space

    Sincere thanks to event sponsor M&T Bank for their support of this annual fall festival.  Free


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  • 10/21/20

    Virtual Lecture - The Dock Sisters: Advocates for Woman Suffrage

    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Mira and Lavinia Lloyd Dock, Harrisburg natives, were well known as a conservationist and nursing reformer, respectively.  But did you know that they were also ardent supports of higher education, equal employment opportunities, and suffrage for women?

    The attached photo is a November 25, 1917 newspaper photo of released White House picketers wearing reproduction jail costumes at a women’s convention.  Miss Levina L. Dock is standing on the left. From Helen Reily’s scrapbook in the Fort Hunter archives.

    Due to Covid 19 restrictions and safety concerns, join the Friends of Fort Hunter in a virtual talk with Dr. Susan Rimby, former history and social studies educator at Shippensburg University and Founding Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at Lock Haven University.

    Now retired, Susan will talk with us virtually about these local suffragette supporters and well known Harrisburg residents, Myra and Lavina Dock.

    The lecture is free but participants must register to receive the link by email, to view the lecture. Click to sign up. An email will be sent to you, a week prior to the lecture date, with a link and sign in instructions to view Susan’s live talk.


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  • 10/24/20

    "Hit the Road Educational Tour" Haunting Halloween Adventure - Canceled

    8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Centennial Barn
    Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, this exciting trip will be postponed until 2021 or a time when we can all safely board a bus and travel to Philadelphia.
    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter for a trip to Philadelphia to tour the home of Edgar Allen Poe and the Eastern State Penitentiary.  Dr. Donald Koones will provide an energetic historical review of Poe and his home where he wrote “Black Cat” which describes the basement in the tour of the home and the Peniteniary, one of the most haunted places in the world.
    Tickets on sale after May 25
    $95 Non-Member, $85 Member

    Trip itinerary:

    • Bus departs Fort Hunter Centennial Barn parking lot at 8 a.m. and returns by approximately 7:30p.m.
    • Escorted tour at Edgar Allen Poe Historic Site
    • 12:15 Lunch on your own at Jack’s Firehouse, Urban Saloon, OCF Coffee House, Hickory Lane American Bistro, Fare, Philly Flavors or Fairmont Pizza and Grill
    • Guided audio tour of Eastern State Peniteniary
    • Comfort stop on the way home

    Tickets include:

    • Transportation by Cross Country Coach
    • Admission to Edgar Allen Poe Historic Site and Eastern State Peniteniary and narration by Dr. Donald Koones
    • Not included – Gratuity for the bus driver and lunch
    • All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.
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  • 11/11/20

    Homeschoolers’ Day - Canceled

    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Centennial Barn

    Due to precautions for Covid 19, Homeschooler’s Day has been canceled for 2020, check back for this event next year!

    A workshop about regional Native American Indians! Students in grades 2-6 and their parents love this hands-on workshop and the tour the Fort Hunter Mansion.   The visit, including time for a bag lunch, runs just under 4 hours.  In the 1 ½ hour workshop students will furnish a wigwam, practice with a throwing stick, participate in hands on activities and more. Then they’ll tour the Mansion to see how people lived at Fort Hunter in the early 1900s.  Because of space limitations, only students in the 2 – 6 grades will participate in the program. If younger children attend, families must provide other activities for those children.

    $5 students, $3 adults, pre-register at 717-599-5751.

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  • 12/1/20 to 12/23/20

    Christmas at Fort Hunter

    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    View the Mansion adorned for the holidays with traditional decorations of fresh greens and fruits, dried materials and fresh flowers.  Guided tours highlight the seasonal trimmings and holiday customs of the Reily’s. Many thanks to the Civic Committee of the Garden Club of Harrisburg for their inspired decorating creations. Open through December 22, Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM- 4:30PM; Sunday 12 – 4:30 PM.  Closed Mondays.  Admission charged – $7 Adults; $6 Senior Citizens; $4 Students and Children

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  • 12/6/20

    Clear Toy Candy Making Demonstration - Canceled

    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    Due to restrictions and safety concerns associated with Covid 19, the candy making demonstration is canceled for 2020, look for this popular event to return next year.

    A sweet reminder of the past; clear toy candy making will be demonstrated in the summer kitchen of the Mansion during the Victorian Tea. This Pennsylvania-German tradition that dates back to the 1700s involves molding sugar into a hard-candy sculptures. This candy was, and still is, a traditional holiday gift among local Pennsylvanians; one-part play-thing, and one-part edible treat. Candy makers George Kopp and Gina Napoli will demonstrate in the Mansion summer kitchen during the Victorian Tea and have candies for sale.  Free


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