2012-09-06 / Local & State

Historical Society Takes Tour

Lower Fulton County, Hancock tour planned for October 19
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Sightseers with the Fulton County Historical Society’s August 30 tour of Franklin County take a look at the Witherspoon Covered Bridge, one of several historic and picturesque stops on the tour. Sightseers with the Fulton County Historical Society’s August 30 tour of Franklin County take a look at the Witherspoon Covered Bridge, one of several historic and picturesque stops on the tour. A bus tour of Franklin County sponsored by the Fulton County Historical Society (FCHS) on Aug. 30 was “immensely enjoyed” by around two dozen people, according to tour organizer and FCHS board member John Mentzer.

The tour stopped at Witherspoon Covered Bridge, the stone arch bridge over Hayes Ford, the Cordell gardens, the Capitol Theater, Old Jail, the John Brown house and Letterkenny Chapel. It also included a stop for lunch.

Mentzer said that several of the sightseers found the covered bridge and the stone arch bridge the most enjoyable stops on the tour. The Cordell flower gardens, beautiful this time of year, were another favorite even though many had visited them before

The Historical Society has a second tour in the works for Oct. 19. This trip includes a driving tour of McConnellsburg, the White Church and interesting tombstones at Union Cemetery, Tonoloway Church and cemetery, lunch at Weaver’s in Hancock, the C& O Canal Visitors Center located on the canal, the Old Tollhouse on the National Pike (old Route 40), Fairview School at Amaranth and the Crystal Springs Campground. All stops will have onsite presenters. Other sites will be discussed, including the last Confederate bivouac, Big Spring Cemetery and the 1818 Ephraim Akers house.

The cost for the trip is $70, $65 for Historical Society members, and includes the bus, lunch and all fees and gratuities.

For more information, contact any Historical Society board member or Mentzer at 717-328-9279.

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