Calendar of Events

  • 8/18/19

    Farm to River

    Time:
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    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 locally-sourced, homemade dinner offerings, along with local brews and wines and acoustic music and sleight-of-hand tricks.

    Patrons will be hosted prior to the dinner, at 5 p.m. Dinner-only begins at 6pm.  Tickets Patrons $150 and up, $60 dinner only guests. Invitations will be mailed in July, to receive an invitation email jhair@dauphinc.org.

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  • 9/4/19 to 9/27/19

    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 2019 will focus on the areas behind the 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 15.  Work is cancelled for rain.    Free

     

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  • 9/6/19

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival

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

    Join us 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.

    $50 in advance, $60 at the door.  Click here for entertainment line-up, participating wineries, information and tickets.

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  • 9/7/19

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival

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

    Join us 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.

    $50 in advance, $60 at the door.  Click here for entertainment line-up, participating wineries, information and tickets.

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  • 9/8/19

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival

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

    Join us 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.

    $50 in advance, $60 at the door.  Click here for entertainment line-up, participating wineries, information and tickets.

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  • 9/15/19

    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 learn about antique clock repair.  Learn about native foods – pawpaws, persimmons, hickory and shagbark hickory nuts and sassafras. Visit Heckton Church throughout the day to hear music played by the Saint Thomas Dulcimer Society. View antique tractors and a hammermill with hit & miss engine from private collections.

    Apple pie 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.  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

    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
         Apple Pie Baking Contest  
         Heckton Church Concerts –  Saint Thomas Dulcimer Society
         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, bagpiper David Weisman
         Craft Demonstrations – native foods demonstration, antique clock work, apple butter making, spinning and weaving, quilting, hair jewelry, English paper piecing, soap making, woodworking, lace making, bee keeping
          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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  • 10/4/19 to 10/5/19

    "Hit the Road Educational Tours" Presidents Homes Bus Trip

    Time:
    5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter’s “Hit the Road Educational Tours” for a two day bus trip of four president’s homes in the scenic countryside of Virginia.  A highlight of the trip is the energetic narration throughout the trip provided by Dr. Donald Koones.

    Board the bus in the Centennial Barn parking lot on Friday, October 4 where Dr. Koones will inform and amuse with background historical information on the four featured presidents. Learn about and enjoy guided tours at the homes of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, James Madison’s Montpelier, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and James Monroe’s Highland. A tour and lunch at Michie Tavern and overnight lodging at the Best Western Inn and Restaurant in Culpeper complete the trip.
     
    Two-day itinerary:                                                                                           October 4                                                                                                      Mount Vernon – Mansion & historic area, Ford Orientation Center, Donald Reynold’s Museum, distillery, gristmill, lunch on your own
    Montpelier – recently renovated, Mansion and Signature Tour
    Lodging Best Western Inn and Restaurant Culpeper, dinner on your own
     
    October 5
    Complimentary Breakfast
    Monticello – House & Grounds Tour
    Lunch and tour at Michie Tavern – buffet
    James Monroe’s Highland Guided Tour Main House, Guest House and Exhibits
    Dinner on your own on the trip home
     
    Non-member single occupancy – $4o4
    Non-member double occupancy – $316
    Member single occupancy –             $372
    Member double occupancy  –          $292
    Save money!  Become a member of the Friends of Fort Hunter to enjoy the discount
     

    Ticket price includes: transportation by Cross Country Coach, admission to Mount Vernon, Montpelier, Monticello, Highland, lunch and tour at Michie Tavern, overnight lodging and complimentary breakfast at Best Western Inn Culpeper and talks by Dr. Donald Koones. Gratuity for the bus driver and additional meals at are not included.  All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.

    Click here to purchase tickets.

     

     

     

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  • 10/27/19

    Howl-O'Ween: Pets at Fort Hunter

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

    Celebrate the household pet with pet and owner costume parade at 2:30 p.m., pet agility demonstrations throughout the day, craft and pet product vendors, dress up your pet in the photo booth, visit the goats and rabbits, pumpkin painting, fun, free activities for kids, caricature artist and face painting, local animal rescues and pet themed snacks, hot dogs and beverages for sale. 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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  • 11/6/19

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    A workshop about regional Native American Indians! Students in grades 2-6 and their parents love this hands-on workshop and the tour the Fort Hunter Mansion.   The visit, including time for a bag lunch, runs just under 4 hours.  In the 1 ½ hour workshop students will furnish a wigwam, practice with a throwing stick, participate in hands on activities and more. Then they’ll tour the Mansion to see how people lived at Fort Hunter in the early 1900s.  Because of space limitations, only students in the 2 – 6 grades will participate in the program, other activities must be provided for other children in the family.

    $5 students, $3 adults, pre-register at 717-599-5751.

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  • 11/7/19

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    A workshop about regional Native American Indians! Students in grades 2-6 and their parents love this hands-on workshop and the tour the Fort Hunter Mansion.   The visit, including time for a bag lunch, runs just under 4 hours.  In the 1 ½ hour workshop students will furnish a wigwam, practice with a throwing stick, participate in hands on activities and more. Then they’ll tour the Mansion to see how people lived at Fort Hunter in the early 1900s.  Because of space limitations, only students in the 2 – 6 grades will participate in the program, other activities must be provided for other children in the family.

    $5 students, $3 adults, pre-register at 717-599-5751.

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