Category: Historical

  • 4/18/21 to 4/18/21

    Maple Sugar Festival

    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fort Hunter Park
    This sweet event is free for everyone. Enjoy learning the mysteries of maple syrup making, Native American sugar making, tree tapping and children’s activities. Taste tests different types of maple syrup and enjoy an educational video that includes all aspects of the syrup making process.  Pennsylvania maple products will be  for sale at the event.

    This event, normally held in March, has been postponed to April to hold all of the festival activities outdoors.  Free timed tickets are required.


    Due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, guests are asked to register in advance to attend the Maple Sugar Festival

    All guests will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing throughout the event.

    Click here for a free timed ticket.



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  • 5/2/21 to 5/2/21

    Garden Faire

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

    Kick off your gardening season and celebrate the opening of Fort Hunter Mansion at this free event. Purchase some plants, visit over 30 craft vendors, dance a Maypole dance, enjoy lunch and experience Victorian Dancing and music.

    View Ikebana and Bonsai exhibits, as well as The Paxtang Art Association’s show and sale. Fort Hunter Mansion will be open for abbreviated tours at a discount price of $5, reservations required. Farm Show milkshakes are also returning this year!

    Many thanks to Doug Bonsall and Craig Staller for underwriting this annual spring festival.

    For continued Covid safety, guests must register for timed entry to attend the event.  Additionally, all guests must wear a mask and social distance in our outdoor event space.
    Click here for your free ticket.

    Craft vendors can download the show application here.


    Schedule of Events
    Throughout the Day
      Dauphin County Library System – MARCO 
       Food Stand 
       Farm Show Milkshakes
       Friends Plant Sale
       Ikebana International and Bonsai exhibits  
      Paxtang Art Show and Sale
      Mansion tours – reservations required
      Susquehanna Art Museum – Van Go! (canceled if rain)
    Timed Events                                           
      Garden chats                                                                 12- 2 p.m.
      Victorian Dance Ensemble 
         & Susquehanna Travellers                                       11:30, 12:15 & 1 p.m.
       Cemetery Walk with Dr. Donald Koones                1 p.m.
        Maypole Dance                                                            1:30 & 2 p.m.
        Croquet Demonstration                                             2:30 p.m.
        Herb Gardening with Erica Jo Shaffer                  2:30 p.m.
        Gardening with Annuals with Erica Jo Shaffer  3:15 p.m.


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  • 5/18/21 to 5/18/21

    Historical Tree Walk

    2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Join a Naturalist for a leisurely walk around Fort Hunter Park & Mansion. Learn one method for aging a live tree and some historical facts about these large giants. Masks & social distancing required. Meet in front of the Mansion, rain or shine.  Pre-registration required.  Free

    Click here to register online .

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  • 7/9/21 to 7/9/21

    Sunset Series - Movie Night: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Centennial Barn

    Every Friday night between June and August, Dauphin County Parks and Recreation hosts a free musical performance or a free movie night, outside under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park.

    Teaming up with Capital BlueCross and Renewal by Andersen, the Sunset Music & Movie Series is expanding to 13-weeks, highlighting local performing arts organizations and including the family summer movie series.

    New for 2021,  participants are encouraged  to get involved with the community by supporting “Dauphin County Gives Back!” Bring a new item  each week of the series, to benefit one of the many regional charities that will be here to accepting donations throughout the summer.

    *pack a picnic basket (or on concert nights purchase from one of the food trucks hosted each week)
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    *movie concession stand on movie nights sponsored by the Friends of Fort Hunter
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
    *in case of rain, the concert or movie will be in the Centennial Barn  


    Friday, June 4        7:00 pm    Musical Performance TBA
    Friday, June 11       8:30 pm    Movie: Trolls World Tour 
    Friday, June 18      7:00 pm    Musical Performance  TBD
    Friday, June 25      8:30 pm    Movie: Hotel for Dogs
    Friday, July 2         7:00 pm    Musical Performance TBD
    Friday, July 9         8:30 pm    Movie: A Beautiful  Day in the
    Friday, July 16       7:00 pm    Musical Performance: Central PA
                                                         Friends of Jazz
    Friday, July 23       8:30 pm   Movie: Christmas in July – Polar
    Friday, July 30      7:00 pm   Performance: Gamut Theatre featuring
                                                         An Evening of TMI Improv
    Friday, August 6    8:30 pm    Movie: The NeverEnding Story
    Friday, August 13   7:00 pm   Musical Performance: Open Stage of
                                                          Harrisburg An Evening of  Broadway
    Friday, August 20  8:30 pm   Movie: The Bee Movie
    Friday, August 27  7:00 pm    Musical Performance: Susquehanna
                                                           Folk Music Society featuring
                                                           Colebrook Road
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  • 11/27/21 to 11/27/21

    Toy Train Exhibit

    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    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 27 – December 19, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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