Calendar of Events

  • 5/1/22 to 12/8/22

    Park Rx

    Time:
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Location:

    Get on the road to a healthier YOU this year by spending some quality time in nature with the Park Rx series of programs. Dauphin County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Highmark Blue Shield to create diverse activities to appeal to a wide range of health and wellness interests and create positive experiences in nature throughout Dauphin County, including Fort Hunter.  Programs are offered at different times in different parks.

    Follow DCPR on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or check www.dauphincounty.org for the Fort Hunter schedule.

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  • 5/1/22 to 12/23/22

    The Gilded Age at Fort Hunter Fashion Exhibit

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

    All that glitters is not gold, or is it?  Extending from the 1870’s to 1900, between the Civil War and the turn of the Twentieth Century, the American Gilded Age was a time of rapid economic and industrial growth in the United States and a time of serious poverty and social problems as well. Glittering on the surface but corrupt underneath.

    The current, popular HBO series “The Gilded Age” focuses on the intrigue and drama of the upper-class families of New York City, showing fabulous women’s attire of the time.  Helen and John Reily lived at Fort Hunter Mansion during this time period, from their marriage in 1886 until their deaths in the 1927 and 1932.  Eleven dresses worn by Helen Reily during this time period will be on display for this exhibit.

    An added feature of interest – a prominent figure in the HBO show is Ward McAllister, played by Nathan Lane. Ward was a real-life person who was the arbiter of good taste in New York society, advisor to Lady Astor.  In real life, Ward McAllister was a great, great nephew of Fort Hunter’s builder, Archibald McAllister.  Fort Hunter’s claim to fame!

     

    Exhibit mannequins are often featureless and without hair. Fort Hunter is fortunate to have real, human hair wigs depicting the latest fashions in hairstyles of the late 1800’s high society on the mannequin heads.

    Thanks to Ashley Leitzel-Reichenbach, the Fort Hunter exhibit has professional wigs that truly reflect the hairstyles of the time and bring the exhibit to life.  Ashley just finished the season as Head Hair Design for the TV show “Bull” and also currently works on the  “The Gilded Age”.  Fort Hunter is honored to have such television royalty contributing to the exhibit.  Many thanks to Ashley for giving her time and tremendous talent to bring the Fort Hunter mannequins to life, the hair really does make the exhibit.

     

     
     
    May – December              
    Tuesday- Sunday – 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Sunday – 12:00 – 4:30 pm
    Museum admission charged or free to Friends of Fort Hunter members
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  • 11/26/22 to 12/18/22

    Annual Festival of Trees - Saturdays and Sundays only

    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 Saturdays and Sundays only
    12:30 – 4:30  
    November 26 – December 18   

    Free

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  • 11/26/22 to 12/18/22

    Toy Train Exhibit - Saturdays and Sundays Only

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

    All aboard! The magical HO gauge model trains start rolling November 26 – December 18every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30. Presented by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society. Lots of interactive elements and the walk-around setup make this a must-see attraction for the whole family!

    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 November 26 – December 18
    Saturdays and Sundays only
    12:30 – 4:30

    Free admission

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  • 12/2/22 to 12/4/22

    Craft Reunion

    Time:
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Handcrafted, affordable pottery, jewelry, candles, metal sculpture, woodcraft, glass, fine art, photography, herbal soaps, photography, ornaments and more are offered for sale by members of the former Third Street Pottery.

    This annual open house is eagerly anticipated by visitors who value the opportunity to meet the makers of the fine crafts on offer. Buy Local from the best of central Pennsylvania’s artisans.

    Free admission

     
    Friday, December 2 –       12:00 – 9:00 pm
    Saturday, December 3 –   10:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Sunday, December 4  –     11:00 am – 4:00 pm
     

     

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  • 12/3/22 to 12/18/22

    Fort Couture - Saturdays and Sundays Only

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Adorned in holiday spirit, these dress forms decorated like a Christmas tree are a twist on holiday decoration.

    Displayed in the Stone Stable, these festive wonders are created by volunteers, Friends of Fort Hunter and local businesses. Using fresh greens and other natural and imaginative materials, Fort Couture will amaze and inspire your holiday season.

     

    December 3 – 18
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only
     12:30 – 4:30
     

    Free Admission

     

     
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  • 12/3/22 to 12/18/22

    Kid's Only Holiday Shop - Saturdays and Sundays Only

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

    Kids age 12 and under can shop for family and friends with the help of Fort Hunter elves. All gifts are under $15 with items for all ages, including grandparents.

    Children will shop with the guidance of Santa’s helpers who will assist youngsters in picking out tasteful and unique items from the Museum Shop at Fort Hunter. Parents provide spending money and a gift list.

    The gifts will be wrapped and tagged by helper elves and children will emerge with smiles on their faces and secrets in their gift sacks.

    December 3 -18
    Saturdays and Sundays only
    12:30 – 4:30     
     
    Free Admission, parents provide spending money
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  • 12/4/22

    Clear Toy Candy Demonstration

    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    One of the great traditions of Christmas in the 1800’s was receiving a piece of three-dimensional clear toy candy. Stop by the Mansion summer kitchen to visit with candy makers George Kopp and Gina Napoli and view the methods of creating this Pennsylvania-German tradition that dates back to the 1700s.  Candies will be available for purchase.

    Free

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  • 12/4/22

    Victorian Tea

    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    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.

    View a demonstration of making clear toy candy and enjoy the sound of holiday music with Becky Boone on her flute. The Museum Shop is well stocked for unique holiday gift ideas.

    Guests begin their visit with a self-guided tour of the holiday decorations by the Civic Committee of the Harrisburg Garden Club and conclude with tea in the dining room. Tea features the Friends of Fort Hunter spiced tea, ham and chicken finger sandwiches (egg salad available upon request while supplies last) and homemade cookies.

    Guided tours will not be offered today. Be sure to visit the other holiday offerings during the afternoon – clear toy candy demonstration, open hearth cooking, toy trains, Festival of Trees and Fort Couture.

    Reservations are required for timed entry, tickets are by online pre-registration only, click here for tickets

    $20 non-members,  $15 members 

    There will be no ticket sales at the door.

     

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  • 12/4/22

    Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration

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

    Pop in the Tavern House summer kitchen to see and smell the fire burning in the hearth and chat with cook, Audrey Trussell, as she prepares holiday treats over the open fire, using recipes (called receipts) from the 1800s.

    Free

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