Calendar of Events

  • 9/13/20

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival

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

    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 1
    $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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  • 11/11/20

    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. If younger children attend, families must provide other activities for those children.

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

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  • 11/12/20

    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. If younger children attend, families must provide other activities for those children.

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

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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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  • 11/29/20

    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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