Calendar of Events

  • 7/18/20

    Dauphin County Brewfest - Canceled

    Time:
    3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    Due to Covid-19 Brewfest 2020 has been canceled.  Check us out next year!

    Sample over 50 craft brews at the 9th Annual BrewFest! Sip on different styles of beer while tasting foods from area food trucks. Interact with brewers and listen to great music. Set along the Susquehanna River in front of the Fort Hunter Mansion, this event is not to be missed.   Get your tickets now, this popular event always sells out, designated driver tickets are available. $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $15 designated driver

     

     

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  • 8/16/20

    Farm to River

    Time:
    4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    Farm to River – a farm to table experience, returns by popular demand. Don’t miss this unique experience.

    On the front lawn of Fort Hunter Mansion overlooking the river, as the warm summer day winds down, attendees will enjoy creatively made and locally sourced dinner offerings by Healthy You Café and floral arrangements by Jeffrey’s Flowers.   A cash bar (free to Patrons) with local brews from a local brewery and winery. Guests at the dinner will enjoy acoustic music by RiverRat Jenkins.  Sleight-of-hand tricks by Daniel Clemente will entertain.

    The dinner begins at 6 p.m. but Patrons will be hosted prior to the meal, at 4:30 p.m., enjoying hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks on the west lawn overlooking the river. Tickets Patrons $150 and up, $60 dinner only guests.

    Would you like to be a Sponsor of this event? Sponsors levels and benefits differ, learn more here.

    Patrons are recognized in the invitation and at the event and may attend the exclusive reception hosted on the West Lawn overlooking the river, prior to the dinner.  Consider supporting the Fort by becoming a patron.

    Get Patron tickets here, dinner only tickets on sale at a later date.

    Check out last year’s event!

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  • 8/22/20

    For Families - Native Americans Along the Susquehanna

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Experience what life was like for Native American Woodlands people living along the Susquehanna River hundreds of years ago. Throughout this two hour program you and your children will hear stories, make crafts, visit a wigwam, handle artifacts and play Native American children’s games. This special workshop is designed for adults and young children (ages 5-10) to participate together as they work, learn and play.

    This program is ideal for young families, grandparents and grandchildren and aunts and uncles with their nieces and nephews who want to have fun and enjoy time together in a planned learning experience.  If younger children need to come with the family, there is no charge for under 4 years old but adults must provide additional activities for them.

    Preregistration is required.  $5 per person.

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  • 9/9/20 to 10/2/20

    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 2020 will focus on the areas behind and to the west of the rear 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 20.  Work is cancelled for rain.    Free

     

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  • 9/11/20

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival - Canceled

    Time:
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Due to the pandemic the Jazz & Wine Fest has been canceled for 2020.

    Join Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at beautiful Fort Hunter Park as we welcome national, regional and local recording artists. The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz will host Friday night’s entertainment! Browse among some of Central Pennsylvania’s top wineries and a fine gathering of wine, craft and food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Outside alcohol is not allowed.  Gate opens one hour prior to start time.

    $60 in advance, $75 at the door, tickets on sale after March 1.  Click here for entertainment line-up, participating wineries, information and tickets.

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  • 9/12/20

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival - Canceled

    Time:
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Due to the pandemic the Jazz & Wine Fest has been canceled for 2020.

    Join Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at beautiful Fort Hunter Park as we welcome national, regional and local recording artists.  Browse among some of Central Pennsylvania’s top wineries and a fine gathering of wine, craft and food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Outside alcohol is not allowed.  Gate opens one hour prior to start time.

    $60 in advance, $75 at the door, tickets on sale after March 1.  Click here for entertainment line-up, participating wineries, information and tickets.

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  • 9/13/20

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival - Canceled

    Time:
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Due to the pandemic the Jazz & Wine Fest has been canceled for 2020.

    Join Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at beautiful Fort Hunter Park as we welcome national, regional and local recording artists.  Browse among some of Central Pennsylvania’s top wineries and a fine gathering of wine, craft and food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Outside alcohol is not allowed.  Gate opens one hour prior to start time.

    $60 in advance, $75 at the door, tickets on sale after March 1.  Click here for entertainment line-up, participating wineries, information and tickets.

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  • 9/20/20

    Fort Hunter Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    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 hear a street organ played.  Learn about native foods – pawpaws, persimmons, hickory and shagbark hickory nuts and sassafras.

    Visit Heckton Church throughout the day to enjoy casual musical offerings, Saint Thomas Dulcimer Society 12 – 2p.m.. View antique tractors, a 1947 Mac fire engine and an antique hammermill from private collections.

    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.

    Click here for craft vendor application.

    Sincere thanks to event sponsor M&T Bank for their support of this fun, family day.  Free

    Highlights

           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
         Heckton Church Concerts –  Saint Thomas Dulcimer Society
         McAllister Cemetery Walking Tour, 1 pm
          Hay 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
         Corncrib Stage Entertainment –Susquehanna Folk Music Jam Session
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  • 10/17/20

    For Families - Native Americans Along the Susquehanna

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Experience what life was like for Native American Woodlands people living along the Susquehanna River hundreds of years ago. Throughout this two hour program you and your children will hear stories, make crafts, visit a wigwam, handle artifacts and play Native American children’s games. This special workshop is designed for adults and young children (ages 5-10) to participate together as they work, learn and play.

    This program is ideal for young families, grandparents and grandchildren and aunts and uncles with their nieces and nephews who want to have fun and enjoy time together in a planned learning experience.  If younger children need to come with the family, there is no charge for under 4 years old but adults must provide additional activities for them.

    Preregistration is required.  $5per person.

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  • 10/24/20

    "Hit the Road Educational Tour" Haunting Halloween Adventure

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