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Monterey Pass Battlefield Meeting Dates & Programs: (2016)

Meeting Dates:

The FMPB, Inc. meets every third Thursday @ 6:30 pm at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum. All meetings are open to the public.

  • July 21

  • August 18

  • September 15

  • October 20

  • November 17

Events and Programs:

July 2, Gettysburg, the Forgotten Fourth Day, the 153rd Battle of Monterey Pass: Join the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park & Museum staff for tours of Monterey Pass Battlefield. Programs are free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. Museum hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It Was a Night to Remember: See where Brig. Gen. George Custerís Brigade fought hand to hand in the woods on the night of July 4-5, 1863. Witness how the mountainous terrain bogged the Michigan Brigade while the Confederate cavalry defended the mountain pass. Program starts at 10:00 at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum by the Michigan Brigade marker. Program running time: 30 minutes.

North Carolina Turns the Tide: North Carolina infantry turned the tide of the battle and retook Monterey Pass near dawn of July 5, after Brig. Gen. Custerís brigade broke through the Confederate cavalry and their battle lines. Learn about this forgotten story and how North Carolina troops secured the Monterey Pass for the main portions of the Confederate army to use during their withdrawal from Gettysburg. Tour starts at 12:00 at Rolando Woods Lions Club Park. Running time: 45 minutes.

August 5, Gettysburg National Military Park, Campfire Program: More information will be posted about this night event. Park Director John Miller will be giving a campfire program about the Retreat from Gettysburg and the Battle of Monterey Pass.

September 3, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Road to Appalachia: This day event will focus solely on the role Monterey Pass had as a gateway to Appalachia during the 1700ís. Free admission

October 22, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fall Battlefield Hike: Hike through the woods and enjoy the fall colors as our staff discusses key positions of the battlefield and other related history. Please note, no strollers and may be difficult for those with physical or mobile needs. Bring a snack, bottled water and dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Hike begins at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum. Free admission

November 19, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Museum Closes for 2016: This is the last day that our museum will be opened to the public until April 2017.

December 17, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Christmas at the Pass: Event will feature many Christmas themed activities and living history to show how the people of Washington Township celebrated Christmas during the Civil War. Children activities, storytelling and crafts. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission. Parking at Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum and Rolando Woods Lions Club Park.

From our Park Director, An Important Update Regarding Private Tours:

For those who are seeking tours of the battlefield at Monterey Pass, only our staff are allowed to give tours of the Washington Township owned battlefield property. Our park rules and regulations adopted in 2011, prohibits any other guiding services from giving tours of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum.

Over the course of several years, we have had a lot of tours leading from Gettysburg to Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and we have had complaints about those tours. Some guides have given false information regarding our battlefield, historically and organizational including our services and have crossed onto private property. Remember, when hiring a private guide from Gettysburg or other guiding company, that money does not come back to Monterey Pass and most times, itís pocketed by the guide.

We have rules because we want to ensure that those on a tour, get the most accurate information about the history and that the funds from those tours stay at Monterey Pass Battlefield to help cover educational, interpretive and preservation projects.