2012 Calendar

March 31: Bell and History Day
Gathland State Park, 900 Arnoldstown Rd. Burkittsville, MD 21718
Presented in cooperation with the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium. Come ring a Bell of Remembrance and learn about the life of Civil War soldiers with living history displays and demonstrations. 9:00 – 4:00.

April 14 – 15: The Wig Wags: Communications During the Civil War
Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd. Middletown, MD 21769
During the battle of Antietam in September of 1862, Washington Monument was an important link in the communication line with Washington, DC. Come learn about the monument’s use by the Signal Corps and see demonstrations of how messages were sent with signal flags. 10:00 – 4:00 both days.

April 21 – 22: Thunder on the Mountain
Fox’s Gap
Learn about the important role artillery played in the Battle of South Mountain. Cannon firing demonstrations are presented at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Programs will be located near the North Carolina Monument on South Mountain, just south of the intersection of Reno Monument Road and Lambs Knoll Road.

May 5 – 6: Washington County Museum Ramble
Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd. Middletown, MD 21769
Come visit the museum at Washington Monument and see living history programs and displays about the common Civil War soldier during the 1862 Maryland Campaign. 10:00 – 4:00 both days.

May 19 – 20: Thunder on the Mountain
Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd. Middletown, MD 21769
Learn about the important role artillery played in the Battle of South Mountain. Cannon firing demonstrations are presented at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

June 2 – 3: “Our line moved steadily on”: the Pennsylvania Reserves at Frostown Gap
During the Battle of South Mountain the Pennsylvania Reserve Division played an important part in defeating the Confederates. Come learn about their role in the battle and discover the history of this unique Civil war unit. Programs will be presented in newly acquired areas of the battlefield. 10:00 – 4:00 Saturday, 10:00 – 3:00 Sunday. Event is located along Frostown Road, .9 miles from the intersection with Mt. Tabor Road, Middletown, MD. Visitors may also take a shuttle van from Washington Monument, 6620 Zittlestown Rd. Middletown, MD 21769.

June 16 – 17: First Call Weekend – Washington County
City Park, Hagerstown, MD
South Mountain State Battlefield will partner with Heart of Civil War Heritage Area for a Civil War Expo at the City Park in Hagerstown, MD. The Expo will highlight local activities throughout the year commemorating the 1862 Maryland campaign. Living history programs, Civil War music, and activities at the Washington County museum of fine arts are just a few activities that will be featured. For more information call 301-739-8577.

July 14 – 15: Thunder on the Mountain
Fox’s Gap
Learn about the important role artillery played in the Battle of South Mountain. Cannon firing demonstrations are presented at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Programs will be located near the North Carolina Monument on South Mountain, just south of the intersection of Reno Monument Road and Lambs Knoll Road.

July 28 – 29: At Twilight’s Last Gleaming
Gathland State Park, 900 Arnoldstown Rd. Burkittsville, MD 21718
Discover the importance of Crampton’s and Brownsville Gaps during the 1862 Maryland Campaign and the Confederate struggle to defend them against overwhelming odds. Living history programs and demonstrations will also discuss the life of the common Confederate soldier at the time of the battle. 10:00 – 4:00 Saturday, 10:00 – 3:00 Sunday.

August 4 – 5: Confederates Occupy Turner’s Gap
Come see living history programs and demonstrations that will discuss the life of the common Confederate soldier during the 1862 Maryland Campaign. Discover the importance of Turner’s Gap to both the Union and Confederate Armies and learn about the battle that happened here. 10:00 – 4:00 Saturday, 10:00 – 3:00 Sunday. Programs will be located near Dahlgren Chapel along alternate Route 40 on the summit of South Mountain, across from the Old South Mountain Inn.

August 18 – 19: Thunder on the Mountain
Gathland State Park, 900 Arnoldstown Rd. Burkittsville, MD 21718
Learn about Civil War artillery and the important role it played in the Battle of South Mountain. Cannon firing demonstrations are presented at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

September 14 – 15: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain
South Mountain State Battlefield will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the battle that occurred on September 14, 1862. Orientation talks, Ranger guided battlefield tours, driving tours, and living history trails will all be featured. For specific program times and locations check the park’s website.

September 14

Battlefield Hikes:
These hikes are design to provide an opportunity to walk the battlefield and get a closer look at significant events from the battle on September 14, 1862. The hikes will be guided by Park Rangers and will last one to one and one half hours.

9:00 a.m. The Maryland Campaign – An Overview. Meet at Washington Monument State Park.

10:30 a.m. “Hell is Empty and all the Devil’s are Here” - The Morning Phase at Fox’s Gap. Meet at the Reno Monument

12:30 p.m. “The Line Moved Steadily Forward” – The Fight for Frostown Gap. Meet at the Pennsylvania Reserves Field along Frostown Road

2:30 p.m. “Our Boys Acted Nobly” – Drayton’s Brigade at Fox’s Gap. Meet at the Appalachian Trail parking lot next to the South Mountain Inn

4:30 p.m. “Twilights Last Gleaming” – The battle for Crampton’s Gap. Meet at Gathland State Park.

Living History
Ongoing living history interpretive programs will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These programs will highlight significant areas of the battlefield and will be accessible by means of an auto tour. To begin the tour of the battlefield and living history programs, pick up a map from the museum at Washington Monument State Park.

Speaker Series

The Maryland Campaign 150th Commemoration quest speaker series will detail the Battle of South Mountain with a lecture at Washington Monument State Park on September 14th, 2012 at 7:00 PM. The featured speaker will be Maryland Park Service Ranger Al Preston. Ranger Preston is the former Assistant Superintendant for the South Mountain Recreation Area. Ranger Preston served on the Governor's Task Force that studied the need to preserve South Mountain and was present at the Maryland State House in the summer of 2000 when the bill was signed into law designating South Mountain as Maryland’s first State Battlefield. He remained at South Mountain evolving the State’s newest battlefield until he was promoted to his current assignment as Superintendant of Herrington Manner and Swallow Falls State Parks in Garrett County Maryland. Ranger Preston is a 25 year veteran of the Maryland Park Service and a Graduate of Frostburg State University.

Who. Ranger Al Preston
What. Lecture on The Maryland Campaign’s Battle of South Mountain
Where. Washington Monument State Park, Fort Necessity Shelter
When. Friday September 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Cost. $2.00/vehicle Maryland resident $5.00/vehicle non Maryland resident
Accessibility. The shelter, adjacent parking, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

September 15

Battlefield Hikes:
These hikes are design to provide an opportunity to walk the battlefield and get a closer look at significant events from the battle on September 14, 1862. The hikes will be guided by Park Rangers and will last one to one and one half hours.

9:00 a.m. “They Stood Like Iron” – The Battle for Turner’s Gap. Meet at the Appalachian Trail parking lot next to the South Mountain Inn.

11:00 a.m. “With Their Usual Gallantry” – Hood’s Division Stems the Tide at Fox’s Gap. Meet at the Appalachian Trail parking lot next to the South Mountain Inn.

1:00 p.m. “Semmes Gambles – and Losses” - The battle for Crampton’s Gap. Meet at Gathland State Park.

3:00 p.m. The Battle that Never Came – Pleasant Valley on September 15. Meet at Gathland State Park.

 

Don’t miss the Grand Opening of our newly renovated museums in 2012!
Three museums have been renovated and are being outfitted with new state-of-the-art exhibits. Watch the park’s website for information about the Grand Opening.

More information about any of the events listed above can be found on the park’s website.

 

Dates and locations are subject to change due to the weather and special events, so please check the this web page or call the park office before you attend to make sure we are meeting at the scheduled place and time. Thank you!