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July Events - Sharpsburg Historical Society
Wreath Laying at Mountain View Cemetery
A wreath laying at the Chapline family grave site in Mountain View Cemetery, Rt. 34 east of Sharpsburg, will open the July 7 commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the town's founding. Joseph Chapline chartered the town in 1763 and sold lots starting in January 1764. More than 40 descendants of Joseph Chapline are expected to attend the ceremony. The short program will include reflections about the founder and his family, reading of a poem written in 1893 by John Philomen Smith, and a special closing song performed by a member of the Sharpsburg Historical Society. All are welcome to attend the wreath laying that begins at 11:30.
Unveiling the Big Spring Sign
When Joseph Chapline laid out the town of Sharpsburg in 1763, he chose the Big Spring to be at the center of his eight streets. The never-failing spring, used by native Americans and travelers long before Chapline arrived in Maryland, served as a major water source for town residents and their livestock.
At.12:30 p.m. the Sharpsburg Historical Society will present a sign at the Big Spring to the town during the 250th commemoration of the town's founding. Girl Scout Troop #40156 of Sharpsburg will assist with the unveiling by lifting the special cover they made for the event. .
The short program will include history of the Civil Works Administration's (CWA ) work on the spring's wall in 1934.
The event, like all others on the July 7 celebration, is free and open to all.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a sponsor of the celebration.
Tours During Sharpsburg's 250th Celebration
Four tours will be available at the Sunday, July 7, celebration of the town's founding. All the tours are free with limited registration; participants will register at the information tent on Main Street starting at 11:00 a.m. The ghost tour and the two aftermath of the Battle of Antietam tours are walking tours. They will last 45 minutes. The bus tour will take 44 participants to Snyder's (Sharpsburg) Landing on the C&O Canal Towpath and to Lock 38 (Bridgeport). Dr. Paula Reed will be the on-bus tour guide.
The bus tour is sponsored by the C&O Canal Association. The walking tours are donated by local professional guides.
At the information tent, the historical society will have for sale self-guided tour books.
Book Signing and Special Displays
The Sharpsburg Public Library, 106 East Main Street, will host a book signing and historical displays during the July 7 celebration of Sharpsburg's 250th anniversary commemoration. At 1:00 following the wreath laying at Mountain View Cemetery and the unveiling of the Big Spring sign, Ed Beeler of Sharpsburg and Michael Chapline of Fort Worth, Texas, will launch and sign their new book that presents the history and some of the mystery surrounding Joseph Chapline, Michael Chapline's fifth great grandfather. Beeler is the volunteer genealogist for the Sharpsburg Historical Society, which has funded the publication of the book. The book contains some never-before-published photographs, courtesy of a local descendant of Joseph Chapline.
At the same time in the library, visitors will enjoy cookies and lemonade while sharing stories and history for the family registry project of the historical society, viewing the community quilt, a uniform of the 1950's Sharpsburg Rifles, original town deeds signed by Joseph Chapline, and, on special loan from the Washington County Historical Society, the 1757 muster roll of Captain Joseph Chapline's militia. Former students of Miss Mary Thomas will be able to find their names in the notebook Miss Thomas kept for all her classes beginning in 1938.
Beyond the library at 111 East High Street, Tolson's Chaple will have an open house. The Railroad Museum at the Train Station west of town will also be open for visits.
The historical society will offer for sale walking tour booklets for those who wish to explore more of Sharpsburg on their own.
Band Concert and Ice Cream Social
The closing events of Sharpsburg's 250th anniversary commemoration include a 4:30 p.m. ice cream social and a 5:00 p.m. concert by the Rohrersville Cornet Band of Washington County at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, West Main Street.. The ice cream social is donated by Nutter's Ice Cream and the Lion's Club of Sharpsburg. Like all other events on July 7, it is free to the public.
The Rohrersville Band has long ties to Sharpsburg; its founder G. Washington McCoy was from Sharpsburg, and the band has performed for many years on Memorial Day and at Heritage Day Festivals. The band will give the world premier performance of "Chapline's Strut" a fife and drum tune written by Deirdre Barone in 2010 following a visit to Sharpsburg. Barone wrote of Joseph Chapline, Jr., imagine him "strutting to this merry tune as he arrives home to Sharpsburg from our great nation's triumphant War of Independence."
All events at the 250th anniversary commemoration of the founding of Sharpsburg are free, but the Sharpsburg Historical Society is conducting two fundraisers to help offset its costs and to fund the society's activities. Of course, donations (tax deductible) are always welcome. Raffle tickets for more than 100 donations are available at Nutter's Ice Cream, Bender's Public House, and Town Hall. Tickets will be available also on July 7 at the information tent. Drawing will be during the closing ice cream social .
A bird house crafted by Robert Gallienne is the silent auction item. Gallienne, using old wood and tin, has recreated the Big Spring in his unique creation. The silent auction will close at 4:15 on Sunday, July 7. Bids may be made at the office of David Peters where the bird house in on display. Peters' office is at the corner of Main and Sourth Mechanic Streets in Sharpsburg.
In 1946 an M.P. Moller pipe organ was installed in the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 117 West Main St., in Sharpsburg. At. 3:30 on Sunday, July 7, that organ will
be an important part of the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Sharpsburg.
Christ Reformed Church under the direction of the Rev. Delancy Catlett will host a program of special music and history of Sharpsburg's churches. Kathleen Boyer, organist at Christ Reformed, has selected favorite hymns including " O God, Our Help in Ages Past" and "God of the Ages, Who with Sure Command." Joining her are musicians Richard Gross and Lyndell Clipp performing duets for organ and trumpet: "A Mighty Fortress" and "America the Beautiful."
Delancy will share brief histories of Sharpsburg churches including the Lutheran (1768), St. Paul's Episcopal (1819), Christ Reformed (1769), Church of the Brethren--Dunker (1852), Sharpsburg Bible Church (1872) and Methodist (1813).
The activities of the day start at 11:30 a.m. with a wreath laying at the family plot of Joseph Chapline, founder of Sharpsburg and end at 6:00 with tolling of church bells to mark Sharpsburg's 250 years. All events throughout the afternoon are free and open to all. Information: 301 992 9767