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2017, The Year For Rediscovering Local Civil War History

May 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. National Preservation Month & National Kids in Parks Day: In celebration of National Preservation Month, programs will focus on the six year project of preserving not only portions of the battlefield at Monterey Pass, but the Great Wagon Road during the mid 1700's. In celebration of National Kids in Parks Day, children from ages 6-12 will be given a Jr Historian Park Quest and be able to explore the museum and park grounds answering various questions, completing various puzzles. Each completed Park Quest signed by a member of the battlefield, receives a certificate and an official Monterey Pass Battlefield Park patch. Hands on children's activities with dressed interpreters will help guide children on their quest through the park. Begins at the Museum with living history stations at Program Sites 1,2 and 3. Suggested $5.00 donation. Parking at Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum and Rolando Woods Lions Club Park.

June 3, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. National Trails Day, "Hiking Through History": Dressed Interpreters will lead a tour of the Monterey Pass and discuss with visitors about the importance of Monterey Pass during its 270 years of history. Begins at the Museum at Program Site 1. Parking at Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum and Rolando Woods Lions Club Park.

July 1 & 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 154th Commemoration of the Battle of Monterey Pass: Suggested $5.00 donation. Parking at Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum and Rolando Woods Lions Club Park.

July 22, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Chambersburg 1864 Burning: Join the staff of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Institute in downtown Chambersburg for the annual 1864 Burning event. Tours of downtown will reflect the history of the American Civil War as it pertains to Chambersburg. Tours will lead into the simulated burning of Chambersburg.

September 23, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Nicholas Gap Colonial Day & National Public Lands Day: This day event will focus solely on the role Monterey Pass had as a gateway to Appalachia during the 1700ís. Children from ages 6-12 will be given a Jr Historian Park Quest and be able to explore the museum and park grounds answering various questions, completing various puzzles. Each completed Park Quest signed by a member of the battlefield, receives a certificate and an official Monterey Pass Battlefield Park patch. Hands on children's activities with dressed interpreters will help guide children on their quest through the park as they learn about 270 years of history at all programs site located along the park trails. Begins at the Museum with living history stations at Program Sites 2 and 3. Suggested $5.00 donation. Parking at Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum and Rolando Woods Lions Club Park.

October 14, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Hiking Through History" Second Annual 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 and will cover three miles. Suggested $5.00 donation. Parking at Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum and Rolando Woods Lions Club Park.

December 16, 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. Located at the Museum. Suggested $5.00 donation. Parking at Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum and Rolando Woods Lions Club Park.

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

For those individuals or organizations seeking private 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 public guiding services from giving tours of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum.