2011-07-07 / Front Page

Town To Celebrate 225th

John Nelson to speak at FCHS meeting Sat.
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Four arches were erected in 1886 at each entrance to McConnellsburg as part of the town's centennial anniversary. This original photograph taken of the arch at the south edge of town was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society by Ron Richards. Four arches were erected in 1886 at each entrance to McConnellsburg as part of the town's centennial anniversary. This original photograph taken of the arch at the south edge of town was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society by Ron Richards. In commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the founding of McCon-nellsburg in 1786, local historian and author John H. Nelson will deliver an address in McConnell Park adjoining the Fulton County Courthouse on “Dreams: A McConnellsburg Tradition.” This community event will open at 7 p.m. this Saturday, July 9, 2011, as the summer meeting of the Fulton County Historical Society. State Rep. Dick Hess will be present to offer a citation of recognition on this anniversary.

The centennial of 1886 attracted an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 thousand visitors on September 30 for a two-mile long parade, a 1300-pound ox roast in front of the courthouse, a carnival and jousting tournament, concluding with fireworks at the end of the day. A full history of the town published in 1986 by the Historical Society is with this story and other documents and photographs is still available.

The original “Deed to the Inhabitants” signed by Daniel Mc- Connell has been reproduced by the Historical Society, with copies available for purchase. It gives free access to all springs for water and provides a “commons” surrounding the town where lot owners may graze their cows and other animals at no cost to them.

For the 225th anniversary, the Historical Society prepared a commemorative 1786-2011 medallion both as a remembrance keepsake and also as a gift to donors making a major contribution toward the exterior renovation of the original 1851 Fulton County Jail. Society President Dick Miller will give information on various 2011 activities at the meeting.

Bring lawn chairs, but remain on the paved terrace and walkways since the lawn was recently reseeded. Cake and ice cream will be served as part of the birthday celebration. For more information, contact President Miller at 717-485-3412.

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