Monterey Pass Walking Tours – July 24-25

Monterey Pass Walking Tours – July 24-25

Join Civil War professional John Galie as he walks you through guided tours of the battle that took place on July 4th, 1863. Walk the road taken by a 20 mile long wagon train, a part of Gen Robert E. Lee’s retreat. Finish at the road Union cavalry (including Brig Gen George Armstrong Custer) used to cut them off and destroy Confederates supplies.

Walking tours are fre. Times of the walks are:

11 AM and 2 PM on Saturday, and 11 AM on Sunday. Meet at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum.

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Chambersburg Civil War Seminars HISTORYtalk – July 30

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars HISTORYtalk – July 30

The next Chambersburg Civil War Seminar HISTORYtalk event will be with James Broomall on July 30 at 7 p.m. EST via Zoom. His talk will be: Battling for Gettysburg: Visual Representations of the Civil War’s Largest Fight. Following the talk will be a Q&A period.

Talk Synopsis
Long after the battle of Gettysburg had been decided, a struggle over the contest’s meaning ensued. Between the 1860s and 1870s, artists began producing visual representations of the fight that resulted in a series of competing interpretations that conversely highlighted heroism at, revealed the violence of, or offered meaning for the three-day contest. Using visual culture and primary source accounts, this talk will recount that how Americans consumed and imagined depictions of the battle of Gettysburg.

Dr. James J. Broomall is the Ray and Madeline Johnston Endowed Chair in American History at Shepherd University and the director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. He has published articles and essays in Civil War TimesCivil War History, and The Journal of the Civil War Era, and completed two historic resource studies for the National Park Service. The University of North Carolina Press published his book, Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers as part of the Civil War America series. He is currently working on a book-length project that examines visual and material representation of violence during the Civil War era.

Cost is $5/person, and you will receive a login link upon registering. 

Sign up for the next HISTORYtalk here. 

Waynesboro Day At Pen Mar Park

Waynesboro Day At Pen Mar Park

Bring the family to Waynesboro Day at Pen Mar Park on Sunday, July 25, from Noon to 5 PM. Opening is set for 1:15 PM. Music by Jay and The Jingos begins at 2 PM. Bring a picnic lunch, dance, or just enjoy the music. Learn the Paul Jones dance or try an old fashioned cake walk. It is a family fun day with activities for the kids from 1 PM to 3 PM, including a balloon clown and barrel train rides, provided by the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Hall. All events sponsored by The Owl’s Club of Waynesboro.

Pen Mar Park is less than 1/4-mile from the Mason Dixon Line and the Appalachian Trail passes through the park. Pen Mar is still enjoyed by families of Blue Ridge Summit and Waynesboro, but in its prime, it was a destination for many residents of the Baltimore area. The trains of the Western Maryland Railroad brought tens of thousands of visitors to Pen Mar Park to enjoy the amusement park and the mountains. The park operated from 1870 to 1942. As more people owned automobiles, train excursions declined in popularity and the park ceased operations. But, the view of the Pennsylvania portion of the Cumberland Valley, about 1400 feet below, is still beautiful.

1864 Chambersburg Comes To Life

1864 Chambersburg Comes To Life

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to 1864—a living history portrayal and celebration of the Rebirth of Chambersburg—on July 17, 2021. Nearly 157 years ago, on July 30, 1864, General John McCausland and 2,800 Confederate cavalrymen ransomed Chambersburg for $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in Yankee currency. Chambersburg could not pay the ransom and the town was fired, leaving more than 500 structures in ashes and 2,000 people without homes. Yet, Chambersburg grew out of the ashes of destruction and is once again a thriving community in southcentral Pennsylvania.

“Since the first 1864 event, a common question is: why celebrate a town’s burning?” said Janet Pollard, Executive Director of Franklin County Visitors Bureau, the organization responsible for the annual event. Pollard explained, “1864 celebrates the rebirth of the town and the spirit of the people, who brought Chambersburg to life.”

1864 began as a kick-off event for Civil War 150 in 2011. Partnering with nearby Gettysburg PA, Franklin County highlighted its significant Civil War history. Over the past ten years, the event continued to grow as a celebration of the spirit of people and community.

Join in celebrating the Rebirth of Chambersburg on July 17 with a full day.

  • Old Market Day Street Festival, 9AM – 4 P M, throughout downtown Chambersburg with more than 125 craft, food, and art vendors plus music.
  • Puppet fun and fan-making for kids at 11/30 Visitors Center, 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Civil War Walking Tours, 11 AM – 5 PM, at the 11/30 Visitors Center – FREE
  • “Tourist in My Town” Exhibit at Chambersburg Council for the Arts, 103 N. Main, 9 AM-4PM
  • A Conversation with Grandmother Edna: Fabric Art & Storytelling, 1 PM at the 11/30 Visitors Center, followed by a chance to make a little fabric art – FREE.
  • Pre-Burning Activities – 6 PM – 7 PM- FREE glow-in-the-dark temporary tattoos, face painting, photos with cast of 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth, children’s activities.
  • PA Army Reserve Rock Climbing Wall, next to 11/30 Visitors Center, 5:30 PM-8 PM.
  • Jim Rada, author & historian, 11/30 Visitors Center, 5:30 PM-8PM
  • A Cappella & Unplugged Finals, 7 PM – Final round of the A Cappella & Unplugged competition with winner announced just after 8 PM
  • 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth Light Show- 8:45 PM – The re-enactment and light show done completely with atmospheric effects, lights, and actors! Join the thousands that gather to watch as the town is transported back to 1864 and history comes to life.
Wigle Whiskey Holds Tasting at TBC Brewing and Barrel House

Wigle Whiskey Holds Tasting at TBC Brewing and Barrel House

Downtown Chambersburg Inc., TBC Brewing Company and The Barrel House invites the public to join them on Friday, July 16th at our Private Stock Single-Barrel Bourbon Release and Tasting Event, hosted by our special guest, Taylor Bostock – Master Blender at Wigle Whiskey!

And now for the details…

What: TBC Brewing Company/The Barrel House’s Official Release and Guided Tasting of our Private Stock Single-Barrel Bourbons crafted by Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh, PA. Named in honor of the Burning of Chambersburg, these bourbons are available exclusively from TBC at The Barrel House! Our Burning Barrel is a four-year straight bourbon whiskey barreled in Kelvin Cooperage oak barrels and bottled at 92 proof, and our Smoking Embers is a 2.75-year Wapsie straight bourbon whiskey made with locally-grown Wapsie corn, barreled in Kelvin Cooperage oak barrels and bottled at 92 proof.

When: Friday, July 16th. Doors open at 6 PM with Tasting starting at 7 PM

Cost: $50 + $3 processing fee

Event Ticket Includes:

– Drink ticket for one “welcome” Wigle bourbon slush

– Whiskey education and guided bourbon tasting with Taylor Bostock- Master Blender at Wigle Whiskey

– Food pairings with select meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts and other bite-sized morsels

– A special gift from TBC and The Barrel House- a Rocky Patel Barrel Aged Toro Cigar to enjoy while mingling in the courtyard or to take home! Don’t forget your cigar cutter!

– Drink ticket for one neat, rocks or mixed drink pour after the tasting is completed

– Early access to the new line of Barrel House Bourbon soaps from Bawauna Bath + Body

– Additional beverages may be also purchased from the brewery from 6-7 and 830-10

Space is limited, so get your tickets today. For ticket purchase, please go here.

A Conversation With Grandmother Edna: Fabric Art & Story Telling

A Conversation With Grandmother Edna: Fabric Art & Story Telling

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to “A Conversation with Grandmother Edna: Fabric Artist and Storyteller” on July 17 at 1 PM in the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, on the square in Chambersburg PA. Visitors can enjoy more than a dozen quilts and pillow covers, created by Grandmother Edna and learn how she expresses herself through art to tell stories of her life and America’s history.  The art, called “Pillow Talk” is on display in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Centers.

Williams hails from Baltimore and is displaying at the 11/30 Visitors Center through the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s relationship with the African American Historical Association of Western Maryland.

“I reach back to move forward. It is the only way to grow,” said Grandmother Edna. Her “Pillow Talk” display includes stories that connect directly to her mother, father, and grandmother as well as highlight her meetings with poet Maya Angelou and actor Harry Belafonte. Others tell stories related to enslavement and civil justice. Williams believes storytelling is a means to connecting people and endorses the importance of history stating, “Why create a mountain when you can cross a hill.”

“Pillow Talk” is displayed as part of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center’s Let The Journey Begin…People, Places, Possibilities. In addition to the storytelling quilts of Grandmother Edna, the exhibit looks at the quest for freedom from the earliest European settlers to the importance of the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Environmental Amendment.

“A Conversation with Grandmother Edna” is free and open to the public. To reserve seating, please register here. A Conversation with Grandmother Edna is presented by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau as part of the July 17 Chambersburg Comes To Life Celebration, which includes the living history portrayal and light show depicting the 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg.