Calendar of Events

  • 8/16/20

    Farm to River

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

    Farm to River – a socially distant farm to table experience, returns by popular demand. It will be a unique experience in 2020.

    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 (boxed individually) by Healthy You Café and floral arrangements by Jeffrey’s Flowers.   Enjoy a cash bar (free to Patrons) (exact chage or credit sales only) with local brews from Boneshire Brew Works and wines from Nissley Vineyards. Enjoy strolling acoustic music by RiverRat Jenkins and sleight-of-hand tricks by Daniel Clemente .

    Patrons will be hosted, socially distanced, prior to the meal, at 4:30 p.m., enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a signature drink. Their meals will be served at socially distanced tables along the Mansion driveway.

    At 6p.m., Dinner Only guests will receive their meals at check -in.  All guests may enjoy their delicacies at Fort Hunter or pick them up and take them home.  In the event of inclement weather, all guests may gather their meals and depart to the safety of their cars.

    Face coverings are recommended when guests are not at their tables.

    A gift card raffle will be available for $20 per ticket, exact change or credit sales only.  Guests are  encouraged be creative and bring festive table decorations to compete for the “Best Dressed” table prize.

    Tickets Patrons $150 and up, $60 dinner only guests, reservations are due by August 1, 2020

    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 prior to the dinner.  Consider supporting the Fort by becoming a patron.

    Get Patron and dinner only tickets here.

    Check out last year’s event!

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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 - Canceled

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

    Due to the pandemic Fort Hunter Day has been canceled for 2020.

    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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  • 10/24/20

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

    Time:
    8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    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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  • 10/25/20

    Howl-O'Ween: Pets at Fort Hunter

    Time:
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Dogs, people and costumes celebrate the household pet!  Participate in a pet and owner costume contest at 2:30 p.m., view pet agility training and obedience training throughout the afternoon. Enjoy Steppin’ Woofs dog dancing, shop for craft and pet products, dress up your pet in the photo booth, free activities for kids, face painting, and pet themed snacks, hot dogs and beverages for sale. Visit with local pet rescues – find that forever companion!  Not only for pets, enjoy the afternoon with or without a dog or costume!  Thanks to Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc., for joining us.   Free

    Would you like to be a vendor? Click here for vendor application, click here for pet rescue application.  Spaces are still available, contact Julia at jhair@dauphinc.org or 717-599-5188.

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  • 11/28/20

    Annual Festival of Trees

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Tavern House

    Co-sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center, six themed Christmas trees are exhibited for viewing. Beautifully decorated with handmade ornaments and trimmed by local garden clubs the trees are available for raffle. A selection of handmade ornaments will be available for purchase.

    Open weekends only, Saturdays and Sundays 12:30 – 4:30   November 28- December 20    Free

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  • 11/28/20

    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 28 – December 20, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30    Free

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