Fort Hunter Day


Fort Hunter Day

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

Fort Hunter Day ushers in fall with a free celebration of the old-time way of life. Sponsored by M&T Bank, visitors will find arts and crafts, children’s games and activities, historic demonstrations and exhibits, entertainment, a bake sale, festival food and more.

View a butterfly habitat, visit with the PA Honey Queen, see old farm implements and learn about antique clock repair.  Learn about native foods – pawpaws, persimmons, hickory and shagbark hickory nuts and sassafras. Visit Heckton Church throughout the day: the Saint Thomas Dulcimer Society from 12:30 – 2 p.m. and Jim Thorne playing Americana music from 2 – 4p.m. View antique tractors, a 1947 Mac fire engine and an antique hammermill from private collections.

For the apple pie contest – bakers, cut up the apples and fire up the ovens, may the best apple pie win!  Click here for an apple pie contest application.

Archaeologists from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission will be excavating in the side yard of the Mansion to find the 1750s Fort at Hunter’s Mill.

Throughout the day enjoy musical entertainment on the corncrib stage in partnership with the Susquehanna Folk Music Society -Cumberland Honey, Three Dollar Suit.  Troy Engle and the Southern Skies conclude the afternoon from 2- 4 PM.

Click here for craft vendor application.

Sincere thanks to event sponsor M&T Bank and Media Sponsors CBS21 and The CW Central PA for their support of this fun, family day.  Free


       Butterfly Habitat Demonstration
       Arts and Crafts Show
       Honey Bee Queen
       Dairy Cow
       Chalk Art Demonstration
       Antique Tractors, Fire Engines, Old Time Wagon and Tools
     Children’s Hands-on Activities
     Apple Pie Baking Contest  
     Heckton Church Concerts –  Saint Thomas Dulcimer Society, Jim Thorne
     McAllister Cemetery Walking Tour, 1 pm
      Hay rides,  Pony rides
     Children’s Games and Play Area
     Archaeology Excavation and Interpretation
      Pretzel Purveyors
     Strolling Musicians – Gents Night Out” barbershop
     Craft Demonstrations – native foods demonstrationapple butter making, spinning and weaving,
     quilting, needlepoint, soap making, woodworking, bee keeping, chair caning, home canning
      Mansion Tours – $3.00
      Quilt Exhibit – African-American Quilters Gathering of Harrisburg
     Children’s Crafts
     Exhibits – Old Time Native Foods, Leisure Time
     Corncrib Stage Entertainment –Susquehanna Folk Music Jam Session
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