While I'm Away...

Trailheads HQ staff has been away this week, so this post was written further ahead of time than usual (that is, not at the last minute the day before it posts, ahem). Given the season, I found two guest posts from late last year that I thought might be interesting to revisit.

Panoramic view of Saron Saal and Bakery at Ephrata Cloister
Bakery, Saal, and Saron at Ephrata Cloister (photo by Charlie Fox)
Last October, just in time for Halloween, Corine Lehigh of the PA State Archives wrote about York County's Hex Hollow Murders.

In December, Rachel Yerger, a curator in the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, wrote about hunting-related objects belonging to Helen Sites Miller that are in the core exhibit at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

Coming up this weekend...[info is accurate as of Oct. 20]

Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces
Oct. 28: Dramatic Reading—writer Robert Thomas Hughes will present "John Mitchell: An American Hero." Cost is $5 and reservations are suggested (call the museum at 570/963-4804). 2 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
Oct. 29: Last Day of the 2017 Season—starting Mon., Oct. 30, the visitor center is closed to the public until Spring 2018. There are events scheduled in Nov. and Dec., so check the website for details.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Oct. 28: Trick or Treat at the Homestead—there will be loads of activities for kids and their families (more info on Facebook). Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for kids. 10 am-4 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
Oct. 28: Something More Saturday—special activities included in regular admission (check Facebook event page for more info). Special: purchase 2 adult tickets and get 3 youth tickets free. 10 am-3 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
Oct. 27-28: Haunted Halloween Lantern Tours—tour groups walk through the 19th-century village and encounter ghosts, goblins, and ghoulish fun. Tours last about an hour and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own flashlight or purchase one at the museum store. Admission is $10 for adults (age 13+), $5 for children (age 6-12). Please start at the visitor center: doors open at 6 pm, last tour starts at 9.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Oct. 28: Little Mates Halloween Spooktacular—members of the Little Mates Kids Club are invited for a visit with the Captain of the U.S. Brig Niagara, including lunch, costume contests, and a behind-the-scenes tour. Non-members are also invited and can attend for a $5 fee (info here on membership). 11 am-1 pm.

Graeme Park
Oct. 27: Haunted Lantern Tours—experience the Keith House by lantern light (you may bring your own flashlight if you wish). Cost is $5; tickets must be purchased online and there is a small processing fee (more details and link to Eventbrite). Beverages (alcoholic and non) and snacks will be available for purchase. Weather permitting, there will be a campfire. 7-8:45 pm.

Old Economy Village
Oct. 28: A Halloween Haunting—children 10 and under are invited to come in costume and trick-or-treat among the historic buildings. Please check the website for details. Admission is $5 per person. 10 am-3:30 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Oct. 29: Sunday programming—this week's program is Meet the Animals (Pennsbury's furry and feathered residents await your visit). Included in regular admission 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Oct. 28: Inside the Belly of the Beast—take a behind-the-scenes tour inside and outside of the museum, going into areas normally off-limits to visitors. Cost is $15, $5 for museum members. Space is limited, and advance registration is required (online form). 2-4 pm.
Oct. 29: Vietnam Lecture Series—this week's topic is "Americans in Battle." Admission is free. 2-4 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Oct. 28: Workshops in Archaeology—for more information and registration form, visit the State Museum website.

Hope Lodge Rev War Encampment 2014
Scene from Hope Lodge Rev War Encampment in 2014 (photo by Al Pockek)
And next weekend...
Nov. 4: Revolutionary War Encampment—the Friends of Hope Lodge will host their 36th annual encampment re-enactment, commemorating the time from November 2 to December 11, 1777, when General George Washington and the Continental Army encamped in the Whitemarsh Hills. Come and experience 18th-century life in Fort Washington. Reenactors dressed in authentic American and British uniforms will march to the beat of fife and drum and demonstrate the military tactics used during the Revolutionary War. Revolutionary War skirmishes on the grounds are scheduled for 11:30 am & 2:30 pm. After the skirmish, come visit a Revolutionary encampment where women in colonial dress cook over an open fire and children play colonial games. Other events occurring during the day include textile and dyeing demonstrations and a papermaking activity (presented by Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation); a lecture & book signing by Jeffrey Finegan, Sr., author of the I Knew George Washington series; a Children's Muster Drill and scavenger hunt; experiments of Dr. Benjamin Franklin (presented by Michael Kochan); and open hearth cooking demonstrations. The Hope Lodge mansion will be open for tours. Sutlers, bake sale, and Catering by Tonellis of Lafayette Hill will also be available. Admission charged (details on the website). 10 am-4 pm.


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