Historical

Category: Historical

  • 4/10/19

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    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, other activities must be provided for other children in the family.

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

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  • 4/11/19

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    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, other activities must be provided for other children in the family.

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

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  • 5/5/19

    Garden Faire

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

    Welcome long awaited Spring at Garden Faire. Purchase some plants, explore the craft show, dance a Maypole dance, try your hand at croquet and have a scrumptious lunch. Returning this year, the cultured game of croquet will be demonstrated in the barn green.

    Visit 45 craft vendors and the Friends of Fort Hunter Plant Sale. And of course there’s tasty food available for purchase, Ikebana and Bonsai exhibits, Maypole dances, Victorian music and cake walks, as well as The Paxtang Art Association’s show and sale. Fort Hunter Mansion tours will include viewing the Needle Arts Exhibit.  Many thanks to the Pennsylvania Bakery for donating the favorite Teapot Cake for the cakewalk. Craft vendors can download the application for our 2019 event here.      Free

    Schedule of Events
    Throughout the Day
        Café   
       Food Stand 
       Dirt Therapy
       Needle Arts Exhibit
       Bees, Natives and Rain Gardens
       Friends Plant Sale
       Ikebana International and Bonsai exhibits  
        Paxtang Art Show and Sale
        Mansion tours
       Vendors/crafters                                                               
        Victorian displays
    Garden chats                                                    12- 2 p.m.
    Children’s activities                                        12-4 p.m.
    Victorian Dance Ensemble 
         & Susquehanna Travellers                       12 & 1:30 p.m.               
    Cakewalks                                                         12:30 & 2 p.m.
    Cemetery Walk with Dr. Donald Koones   1 p.m.
    Croquet Demonstration                                 2:30 p.m.
    Maypole Dance                                               1 & 2:15 p.m.

     

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  • 5/5/19 to 6/16/19

    Needle Art Exhibit

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

    View the handiwork of local needle artists from  Molly Pitcher Stitchers, Susquehanna, and  Nittany Valley chapters of the Embroiderers Guild of America.  The needle works will be on display from May 5 through June 16 and can be viewed on a tour of the Mansion, during museum hours, regular admission charged.  Discounted group tours are available and can be arranged by calling 717-599-5751. For information on other local needle works opportunities visit halfmoonhandwerks.com.

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  • 5/11/19

    "Hit the Road Educational Tours" Hillwood Estate and the Washington National Cathedral Bus Trip

    Time:
    7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter’s “Hit the Road Educational Tour” on a bus trip to Hillwood Estate and Museum and the Washington National Cathedral featuring Dr. Donald Koones narration.

    Departing the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn parking lot promptly  at  7 a.m. (boarding begins at 6:45 a.m.), Dr. Koones will regale participants with juicy history and stories of Marjorie Merriweather Post during the trip.

    Arriving at Hillwood, home of Marjorie Merriweather Post,  guests will participate in a guided tour of the formal gardens and pristine mansion full of 18th and 19th century French art and incredible Fabergé eggs.  Savor an afternoon tea in the midst of this grand estate.

    Back on the bus, get a head start on the behind the scenes fun facts of the National Cathedral, such as the 215 stained glass windows and 112 gargoyles, whose cornerstone was laid in 1902 and completed in 1990.  Participate in a guided tour highlighting the history, architecture and mission of this national treasure and enjoy some free time to visit the outstanding Gift Shop.

    On the way home, a dinner stop at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, with dinner on your own,  will complete the day.  Plan to return to Fort Hunter around 8:30p.m.

    Tea at Hillwood:                                                                                                 Tea Sandwich Assortment -Garden Herb Chicken Salad, Traditional English Cucumber Sandwich, Cambridge House Smoked Salmon                                                                                                                  Miniature Pastries – Duo of Tartlets, Assorted Scones with housemade preserves, whipped honey butter, Lemon Lavender Short Bread                                                                                                                                   Opera Cake – espresso-soaked almond sponge cake, chocolate ganache, coffee buttercream                                                               Artisan Hot Tea Selection,  iced tea available on request.

    Non-member – $140, Member – $126  Seating is limited, deadline for reservations is April 22Click here for tickets. To enjoy the discount Become a member of the Friends of Fort Hunter.

    Ticket price includes: transportation by Cross Country Coach, admission at Hillwood and the National Cathedral, Afternoon Tea with gratuity at Hillwood and talks by Dr. Donald Koones. Gratuity for the bus driver and dinner at Mountain Gate are not included.  All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.

     

     

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  • 9/4/19 to 9/27/19

    Archaeology Excavation

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Will this be the year that we find evidence of the original Fort? The search continues. Since 2006 the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission archaeologists have been looking for the remains of the 1750’s French and Indian War fort. Based on historical accounts and archaeological findings, the British supply fort is in the vicinity of the Fort Hunter Mansion.

    Work in 2019 will focus on the areas behind the Mansion where an earlier excavation revealed plentiful artifacts. Past discoveries have included a French and Indian War bake oven, a cannon ball, Reily pet dog skeletons and many artifacts from the Reily era. Although the Native American occupation of Fort Hunter dates as early as 9000 years ago, the most intensive occupation dates to between 2000 and 4000 years ago and findings include cooking hearths, early clay pottery, stone axes and stone spear points.

    Open on weekdays only, except Fort Hunter Day, Sunday, September 15.  Work is cancelled for rain.    Free

     

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  • 10/4/19 to 10/5/19

    "Hit the Road Educational Tours" Presidents Homes Bus Trip

    Time:
    5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter’s “Hit the Road Educational Tours” for a two day bus trip of four president’s homes in the scenic countryside of Virginia.  A highlight of the trip is the energetic narration throughout the trip provided by Dr. Donald Koones.

    Board the bus in the Centennial Barn parking lot on Friday, October 4 where Dr. Koones will inform and amuse with background historical information on the four featured presidents. Learn about and enjoy guided tours at the homes of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, James Madison’s Montpelier, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and James Monroe’s Highland. A tour and lunch at Michie Tavern and overnight lodging at the Best Western Inn and Restaurant in Culpeper complete the trip.
     
    Two-day itinerary:                                                                                           October 4                                                                                                      Mount Vernon – Mansion & historic area, Ford Orientation Center, Donald Reynold’s Museum, distillery, gristmill, lunch on your own
    Montpelier – recently renovated, Mansion and Signature Tour
    Lodging Best Western Inn and Restaurant Culpeper, dinner on your own
     
    October 5
    Complimentary Breakfast
    Monticello – House & Grounds Tour
    Lunch and tour at Michie Tavern – buffet
    James Monroe’s Highland Guided Tour Main House, Guest House and Exhibits
    Dinner on your own on the trip home
     
    Non-member single occupancy – $4o4
    Non-member double occupancy – $316
    Member single occupancy –             $372
    Member double occupancy  –          $292
    Save money!  Become a member of the Friends of Fort Hunter to enjoy the discount
     

    Ticket price includes: transportation by Cross Country Coach, admission to Mount Vernon, Montpelier, Monticello, Highland, lunch and tour at Michie Tavern, overnight lodging and complimentary breakfast at Best Western Inn Culpeper and talks by Dr. Donald Koones. Gratuity for the bus driver and additional meals at are not included.  All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.

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  • 11/6/19

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    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, other activities must be provided for other children in the family.

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

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  • 11/7/19

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    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, other activities must be provided for other children in the family.

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

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  • 11/30/19

    "Hit the Road Educational Tours" Ford's Theatre & Dickens "A Christmas Carol"

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Kick off the holiday season with a trip to Ford’s Theatre for Dickens ” A Christmas Carol” and Christmas lights and dinner in Georgetown.

    Board the bus in the Centennial Barn Parking lot for a narrated trip to historic Ford’s theatre.  Learn about the historical significance of the theatre and some background on Charles Dickens and his famous holiday book on the trip to Washington D.C.  Enjoy a matinee show of “A Christmas Carol” with a fine cast of characters and music at Ford’s Theatre.

    At the conclusion of the play, journey through Washington D.C. to festive Georgetown to Tony and Joe’s restaurant where the holiday lights of the city will be viewed from the dining room.  A delicious, 3 course, all inclusive meal with bread service, coffee, tea and sodas will round out the day. Departure and arrival times for this trip will be determined.

    Tickets include: transportation, lecture, theatre ticket and dinner.  Bus driver tip is not included. The cost of this trip to be determined but save the date for this fun prelude to your holiday celebrations!

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  • 11/30/19

    Toy Train Exhibit

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Toy trains and Christmas are the stuff of memories. View passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains unfolds on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides.

    Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open weekends only, November 30 – December 22, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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  • 12/1/19 to 12/22/19

    Christmas at Fort Hunter

    Time:
    10:15 AM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    Classic, traditional decorations of fresh greens and fruits, dried materials and fresh flowers adorn the Mansion for the holidays. 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 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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  • 12/1/19

    Toy Train Exhibit

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Toy trains and Christmas are the stuff of memories. View passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains unfolds on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides.

    Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open weekends only, November 30 – December 22, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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  • 12/7/19

    Toy Train Exhibit

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Toy trains and Christmas are the stuff of memories. View passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains unfolds on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides.

    Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open weekends only, November 30 – December 22, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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  • 12/8/19

    Toy Train Exhibit

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Toy trains and Christmas are the stuff of memories. View passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains unfolds on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides.

    Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open weekends only, November 30 – December 22, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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  • 12/8/19

    Victorian Tea

    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Sample sweet and savory treats as you sip cups of spiced tea and enjoy the Mansion adorned for the holidays with fresh greens and natural trimmings. Members of the Civil War Dance and Arts Society greet guests and pour the tea in 1860’s era costume. No reservations necessary.  Admission $10 at the door.

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  • 12/14/19

    Toy Train Exhibit

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Toy trains and Christmas are the stuff of memories. View passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains unfolds on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides.

    Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open weekends only, November 30 – December 22, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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  • 12/15/19

    Toy Train Exhibit

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Toy trains and Christmas are the stuff of memories. View passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains unfolds on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides.

    Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open weekends only, November 30 – December 22, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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  • 12/21/19

    Toy Train Exhibit

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Toy trains and Christmas are the stuff of memories. View passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains unfolds on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides.

    Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open weekends only, November 30 – December 22, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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  • 12/22/19

    Toy Train Exhibit

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Toy trains and Christmas are the stuff of memories. View passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. Presented and operated by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society, a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains unfolds on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides.

    Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open weekends only, November 30 – December 22, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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