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Celebrating 270 Years of Cumberland Township (Adams County, PA) History

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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-plus-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 interact with reenactors portraying Mason and Dixon during this event and witness a ceremony and the uncovering of a plaque honoring two stone mile markers, numbers 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 p.m., and hay rides will be offered 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 games, face painting, period vendors, 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 will take place at 10 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m., and there will be 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 event will take place at 716 Mason Dixon Road, Gettysburg, PA. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to use during battle reenactments. The event is presented by the Cumberland Township Historical Society. To learn more, visit the Mary-Penn or 270th Celebration Facebook pages.

Many thanks to these event sponsors:

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Welcome to the Cumberland Township Historical Society!

Whether you live in Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pa., or are a nonresident interested in the history of this community, we welcome you to our website. Click here to learn more.

We also invite you to browse through the website, join us for our quarterly public meetings (listed at right and held at the Church of the Brethren, 1710 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg), and sign up for our email list to receive our quarterly newsletters and meeting notices.


CTHS Featured on Community Media’s ‘Open House’

CTHS Board Chairman Cyril Ackerman recently visited Community Media of South Central PA, where he was featured on CM’s “Open House” segment. Click below to watch Cyril’s engaging overview of the Cumberland Township Historical Society.


Catch Our Monthly Column in the Gettysburg Times

Turn to the Gettysburg Times on the fourth Tuesday of every month to learn more about the history of Cumberland Township. That’s when a CTHS member or guest columnist shares their knowledge about some aspect of the township’s rich past. Click here to see recent columns. Subscribers to the Times can also read recent columns online at www.gettysburgtimes.com under the “Columns” tab.


A Community Born from the Manor of Maske

Image courtesy of www.waymarking.com.

Source: www.waymarking.com

Cumberland Township lies within the Manor of Maske, one of many such parcels of land in Pennsylvania that was reserved for the family of William Penn and not to be used for common settlement. Jim Flook, park ranger with the Gettysburg National Military Park, recently wrote about the Manor of Maske in the GNMP blog. To learn more, click here and then scroll down to the entry for Aug. 2, 2013.


Commemorative Items for Sale

Need a special gift? Look for the CTHS commemorative items available for purchase at the next Society meeting or contact Tom Clowney, 717-334-5406, for more details and pricing on:

  • a cozy throw depicting Sachs Covered Bridge
  • pens, letter openers, magnets, and ornaments made with wood from a tree that witnessed President Lincoln on his way to Soldiers National Cemetery