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Saturday, May 11
American Heritage Tour of Historic Frederick and Antietam National Battlefield Taking Place Saturday, May 11
RoadRunner Services & Antietam Tours of Maryland are proud to announce their first “American Heritage” tour of Historic Frederick and the Antietam National Battlefield on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
By providing comfortable transportation and professional site guides, the American Heritage tours allow participants a glimpse inside the many historic towns that have played an important part of our local and national history. Tour fees include transportation, admission fees, guide fees, snacks and water. Three-hour tours of Antietam Battlefield only are available upon request.
“As part of the Heart of the Civil War State Heritage Area and Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, and with five national parks and eight state parks, there is no lack of important historical sites in Washington County for future American Heritage tours,” says Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The professional guides in our area provide second-to-none interpretation of our historic sites. Adding that to the convenience and comfort of the RoadRunner tour buses creates an unforgettable visitor experience.”
Particulars for the May 11, 2013 tour:
Historic Frederick, MD & Antietam National Battlefield
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Pick Up: 8:15 a.m. Hagerstown, MD Premium Outlets Parking Lot near the Food
Court; located off I-70W at Exit 29All
8:45 a.m. Frederick County Tourism Center, 151 East Street,
Frederick, MD, 21701
Fee: $109/person. Reservations required, seating is limited.
50% deposit required at time of reservation.
For Reservations: 301-573-1930
Tour Description: Professional Tour Guide, Tiffany Ahalt of Star Spangled Tours, will guide the group through the Frederick portion of the day. Highlights include Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick’s Historic District including the burial site of Francis Scott Key. We will also visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and enjoy 90 minutes on your own for a bite of lunch or to explore more of Historic Downtown Frederick. After lunch the group will visit Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. Our Certified Antietam National Battlefield Guide will join us at Antietam to provide an unforgettable experience. May 11-12 is “Living History Weekend-Tyndsdale’s Brigade,” where volunteers will portray Tyndale's Brigade of Union soldiers. Join the living historians to learn about the soldiers who fought at Antietam. There will also be weapons and tactics demonstrations. We will be at Antietam for the 3:00 p.m. demonstration. *Tours are rain or shine and are subject to cancellation if we do not receive a minimum of six reservations. Itineraries may change due to circumstances beyond our control.
For more information on RoadRunner Services and upcoming tours see: www.roadrunnerservices.com
City of Hagerstown and Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Launch Project to Honor Service of African-American Civil War Veterans; Public Art Project Recognizes Historic Contributions of African-Americans; Fundraising Has Begun; Project has been Planned for More than a Year
Rose Hill Cemetery Monument Called “Long Over-Due”
Hagerstown, MD — The City of Hagerstown, in partnership with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched a public art project which will honor the service of the city’s long-forgotten black Civil War veterans who belonged to the Lyon Post #31 of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).
The project will result in a monument, which will be erected at the historic Rose Hill Cemetery. A special dedication ceremony is planned for September 2013.
The project partners are hoping to raise the necessary funds for the monument and site preparation through the popular “crowd-funding” site, Kickstarter. Donations can be made at any level, and there are rewards available for various donation levels.
A wonderful video has been produced, explaining the project. Fight for Freedom: Remembering African-American Veterans, can be accessed at: http://kck.st/182EP1x. In Kickstarter, donations are only charged if the project reaches its full funding level. This project funding period closes May 26, 2013.
The video is narrated by award-winning African-American filmmaker Koran Dunbar.
The G.A.R., an organization for Civil War veterans, preceded and was similar to the American Legion. The G.A.R. had two posts in Hagerstown, MD. In the 1920s, a monument to the post for white veterans (Reno Post #4) was placed at Rose Hill Cemetery. There was never a monument created for the African-Americans of Lyon Post #31.
As part of a planned Civil War 150th anniversary program in September 2013, this historic oversight will be corrected when a monument to the Lyon Post #31 veterans will be dedicated.
The design, a granite obelisk-like monument, is a contemporary interpretation of traditional memorials that were frequently erected by the veterans of the G.A.R. themselves in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While contemporary in general design, it draws elements from more historic memorials, providing a link with the past, while being a statement of the 21st Century. The monument project has been in the planning stages for over a year.
“September will mark the 150th anniversary of the mustering-in of the first ‘U.S. Colored Troops’ regiments from Maryland,” said local historian Steve Bockmiller. He went on to say, “Many local men were among the first to volunteer, including “Moxley’s Band”. Moxley’s Band was a Hagerstown-based African-American brass band consisting of both freemen and slaves. When recruiting officer Major Augustus Boernstein heard the band perform in Hagerstown, he prevailed upon the men to enlist as group, and the band became the “1st Brigade Band, U.S. Colored Troops”, serving until 1866. Many of these first volunteers, including several of Moxley’s men, joined Lyon Post #31 after the war.
According to Tom Riford, President and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, “Washington County is rich in the history and heritage of African-Americans. There are many historic African American sites in Washington County, Maryland. From the earliest days of the 18th Century, the lives, the sacrifices, and the contributions of African Americans have left an unmistakable impression on this county. This important monument, will allow visitors and residents alike an opportunity to remember the dedicated African-American Union soldiers, who contributed so much for freedom. Hagerstown citizens, soldiers of all races, fought for the Union and freedom. African-Americans from our community were among the first to volunteer.”
Riford said, “This monument is long-overdue. During this, the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, Hagerstown and Washington County is recognizing the service of Civil War African-Americans.”
According to Rachel Nichols, who is the heritage assistant for the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, this monument will enhance historic nature of Rose Hill Cemetery, which is Washington County’s oldest public cemetery, originating in 1866. There is a “cemetery within a cemetery” that already exists; a section where nearly 3,000 Confederate soldiers from the battle of Antietam and South Mountain (and other battles) are laid to rest. Only 346 were able to be identified. Visitors from across the country come to the Washington Confederate Cemetery to visit the historic site, graced by the renowned statue “Hope.” Historic markers at the Rose Hill Cemetery, and along Potomac Street, help explain the story of the soldiers buried there.
April 29- May 5, 2013
10th Annual Museum Ramble
May 4 & 5, 2013 Saturday and Sunday. The Ramble, sponsored by the Wash. Co. Association of Museums and Historical Sites and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, includes 24 local museums and historic sites. Most opening their doors free of charge and have special surprises planned for the weekend. This is a self-guided tour. Begin at the Visitor Welcome Center with refreshments and pick up your maps and directions to participating sites. Including “Open Airplane Afternoon” at Hagerstown Aviation Museum.
“Legally Blonde” the Musical
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown, MD 21740
Call 301-766-8840 or www.barbaraingramschool.com for more information
May 2 & 3, 2013 Thursday & Friday 7:30pm. Performance by students of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
Knob Hall Winery Events
14108 St. Paul Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722
Call 301-842-2777 or www.knobhallwinery.com for more information
~Women Who Wine
May 2, 2013 Thursday 7pm. Come enjoy a Girl’s Night Out at Knob Hall, featuring massage and other ways to pamper you! $5 admission for anyone 21 and over. $1 for your first glass of wine or soda. They sell cheese and great seafood spreads, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks.
~Wine Down Friday
May 3, 2013: Friday, 7pm Music by: Brian Keith. Come relax and enjoy good music and award-winning wine!
This event is family friendly! They sell cheese and great seafood spreads, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks. $5 admission for anyone 21 and over and your first glass of wine is only $1.
Williamsport MD Events
Town of Williamsport, MD 21795
Call 301-573-1501 or www.williamsportmd.gov for more information
May 3, 2013 Friday 6-9pm. Classic Car Cruise-In! Come see this display of classic cars, trucks & motorcycles.
May 4, 2013 Saturday 10am. Doubleday Hill Cannons Move! The newly renovated Doubleday Hill cannons, which were refurbished and mounted onto replica cannon carriages, will be moved from their temporary storage in the basement of Town Hall and brought back to their historic location on Doubleday Hill overlooking the Potomac. What makes this event unique is that the cannons will be hitched to local pull horses and moved by actual horsepower. This hasn’t happened for these cannons in close to 150 years! Three caissons were created to hitch the cannons to so they can correctly be pulled throughout town by Max and Linda Reed of Triple R Livery of Williamsport. The 8th MD Volunteer Infantry Company A, along with the 3rd Maryland Volunteer Infantry Company D, will be leading the cannons along their historic journey up and down the streets of Williamsport.
Concert: Redhead Express
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Call 240-520-0174 or www.hagerstownliveonstage.com for more information
May 4, 2013 Saturday 7:30pm. Hagerstown Community Concert Association Presents: Redhead Express(All American Family Band) These Alaskan musicians feature tight harmonies and hard-driving instruments(guitar, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & electric bass)with a variety of musical styles-country, bluegrass, Irish, gospel, 50s & 60s.