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 Monterey Pass Battlefield 2014 Meeting Dates and Events


Meeting Dates

The FMPB, Inc. meets every third Thursday @ 6:30 pm at the Washington Township meeting room. All meetings are open to the public.

January, 16

February, 20

March, 20 (Annual Membership Meeting)

April, 17

May, 15

June, 19

July, 17

August, 21

September, 18

October, 16

November, 20

No Meeting Scheduled

 

 


Monterey Pass Battlefield Programs

Volunteer, Interpretive and Docent Workshops are being planned

March 15, Mountaintop Spring Fair

The Community Mountaintop Fair is held from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Department and features many vendors. The Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. will have an information booth set up for memberships, book and painting sales, as well as information about the battlefield. Park at the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Department off of Route 16 along Monterey Lane. Free Admission.

April 5, The Civil War Trust Annual Park Clean Up Day

Since 1996, the Civil War Trust (CWT) has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. From 9:00 am-2:00 pm, the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. are planning to complete some basic park clean up that will consist of brush removal, museum work and landscaping. Bag lunch will be provided to participants who register for Park Clean Up Day. Participants are asked to bring some basic tools such as safety glasses, hammer, gloves and basic yard tools. We will need to provide a head count for CWT. To register, please email the Washington Township Historian, John A. Miller. This event is rain or shine so please dress accordingly and keep in mind that the weather can be windy, and is typically 5 to 10 degrees colder on the mountain than in the valley.

April 12, Nursing a Nation Divided, National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Emmitsburg, Maryland

On, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton will hold Nursing a Nation Divided, an interactive family event about medical science during the Civil War. Learn about the history of the Shrine’s grounds, which served as the site of a Union encampment prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. This FREE event will feature hands-on displays, living historians and reenactors from The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, The Blue and Grey Hospital Association, and more. The Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield will have exhibits and information about the battle of Monterey Pass on hand as our interpretive staff talks about the Pennsylvania Campaign. www.setonshrine.org

May 3, An Evening Walk Along Maria Furnace Road

Join Washington Township Historian John A. Miller for this special program. This program will break down the experiences of the quartermaster and the soldiers who marched upon Maria Furnace Road during the night of July 4-5, 1863. Parking is located at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park or Rolando Woods Lions Club Park. The meeting location is at Rolando Woods Lions Club Park and the program will begin at 6:00 pm. Free admission. (Due to terrain, strollers are highly discouraged).

June 28, "A Summer of Crisis" Prelude to the Battle of Gettysburg

Join Washington Township Historian John A. Miller for a half hour talk on the actions and troop movements through Monterey Pass prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. Parking will be at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Rolando Woods Lions Club Park. The meeting Location is at Rolando Woods Lions Club Park Pavilion, and the program will begin at 6:00 pm. Free admission.

July 4, War Returns to South Mountain, 151st Battle of Monterey Pass Commemoration

  1. Join Washington Township Historian John A. Miller for the Annual July 4th Tour of the Battlefield from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Meeting location will be at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church. Free admission.

  2. Join Interpreter Marshall Miller as he leads a candlelight tour of the Maria Furnace Road from 8:00 pm-9:00 pm. Meeting location will be at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. Free admission. (Due to terrain, strollers are highly discouraged).

  3. The Fighting Soldiers of Monterey Pass Campfire Program, Join interpreters from the Monterey Pass Battlefield as we sit around the campfire and share stories of the battle. The campfire program will be held at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park immediately after the Maria Furnace Road Tour and will run from 9:00 pm-9:30 pm.

July 5, War Returns to South Mountain Once More, 150th Commemoration of the 1864 Confederate Raids

From 9:00 am-5:00 pm, park programs will focus on the small role that Monterey Pass had during the 1864 Raids of Maryland & Pennsylvania, which included the Battle of Monocacy and the Burning of Chambersburg. Living history programs and talks will be held throughout the day.

July 19, Blue Ridge Summit Ice Cream Social

The Blue Ridge Summit Ice Cream Social is held from 9am-3pm at the Blue Ridge Summit Library and features many vendors. The Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. will have an information booth set up for memberships as well as information about the battlefield. Park at the Blue Ridge Summit Library. Free Admission. For directions, please log onto the Blue Ridge Summit Library website.

July 19,  150th Burning of Chambersburg

Join the interpretive staff of the Monterey Pass Battlefield and Franklin County Tourism as we commemorate the Burning of Chambersburg. Tours, talks and displays will be on hand during the event. Also, a simulation of smoke and lights will follow the path of destruction that took place 150 years ago in Chambersburg as Confederate cavalry burn the city. Free admission. For directions, schedule of events please log onto the Franklin County Visitors Bureau website.

August 9, Civil War Tour of Emmitsburg, Maryland

Join Washington Township Historian John A. Miller as he leads a tour of Emmitsburg, Maryland. Emmitsburg witnessed thousands of troops marching through the burned out town as they headed for Gettysburg. During the days following the devastating battle, Confederate cavalry skirmished with Union soldiers near the Emmit House. Following in the wake of the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg, more than two-thirds of the Union army marched through Emmitsburg during the pursuit. Tour will begin at 4:00 pm in the parking lot of the Emmitsburg Community Center. As this is a walking tour, please wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, and comfortable shoes. For more information or to register, please contact the Battle of Gettysburg Buff. Fee charged the day of the tour.  

November, Mountaintop Fall Fair

The Community Mountaintop Fair will be held from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Department and features many vendors. The Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. will have an information booth set up for memberships, book and painting sales, as well as information about the battlefield. Park at the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Department, off of Route 16, along Monterey Lane. Free Admission.

December 20, All Is Quiet Along The Western Front, The Christmas Truce of 1914

Europe had thrown itself into war in 1914. As the war drug on, and eventually became a stalemate, troops began to dig in and trench warfare was taken to a whole new level never witnessed by the world. Although, the United States remained out of the war until 1917, there were a few Americans serving in the French Foreign Legion along the Western Front. All the soldiers had dreams of being home by Christmas, but that was not to happen. On Christmas Eve, something amazing took place, a truce unlike any other. Join the interpretive staff of the Monterey Pass Battlefield for a half hour program as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Truce. More information on this program will be available as we move closer to Christmas.

Mailing Address:
Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc.
13013 Welty Road
Waynesboro, PA 17268

Email:
info@montereypassbattlefield.org