270th Celebration of Cumberland Township

Presented by Cumberland Township Historical Society

270th Celebration of Cumberland Township
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Mary Penn Bed & Breakfast
716 Mason Dixon Road
Gettysburg, PA    

As we celebrate 270 years in Cumberland Township, we will bring that colonial era and history to life on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Mary Penn Bed & Breakfast, a 200 + acre farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with living history camps and three battle reenactments.  

The French and Indian War, which took place between 1756 and 1763, touched the lives of the colonists who settled in this region and the Native Americans whose lands were being occupied by the French and British immigrants.  The Seven Years War as it is known in Europe was in fact the first global war, the first world war, and a war that helped to sow the seeds of unrest and desire for freedom from Britain that would culminate in the American Revolutionary War.

The Mary Penn Bed & Breakfast has a unique link to this time frame. When the Mason and Dixon survey party completed their survey of this land 254 years ago, the home that is now the bed and breakfast was divided by the Mason and Dixon line.  Visitors will be able to visit with reenactors portraying Mason and Dixon during this event as well a ceremony and the uncovering of a plaque honoring two stones number 76 and 77 which are now on the National Register of Historic Places. The unveiling ceremony for the historic mile markers will begin at 1:00 pm, hay rides to the original markers placed by Mason and Dixon, one stone is within easy walking distance of event.  Numerous exhibits, demonstrations and talks will be ongoing throughout the day including colonial children’s, face painting, period venders and food vendors. This event has attracted French and Indian War reenactors from beyond Pennsylvania's borders. Reenactors from New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland will set up camp Friday, May 31.

Come step back in time to the 1750s! Take a stroll through English, French, and Native American camps and witness a raid by a French and Native War Party.  Battle Demonstrations at 10am, Noon, and 3pm. Ongoing Demonstrations throughout the day. Come immerse yourself in the French and Indian War on the Pennsylvania Frontier!"  Dill's Tavern & Plantation, a historical treasure of this region, will be offering an educational experience about whiskeys of the region as well as demonstrations of skills needed for everyday life.

The address of the Event is 716 Mason Dixon Road, Gettysburg.  Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to use during battle reenactments. The Event is presented by the Cumberland Township Historical Society and the Adams County Historical Society. To learn more, visit www.cumberlandtownship.org

Sponsored by ACNB Bank, Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg Nature Alliance, Gettysburg Heritage Center, and Gettysburg Eagles No. 1562.