2013-04-11 / Local & State

Fulton County Historical Society Plans Tours For 2013


Based on the success of last year’s bus tours, the Fulton County Historical Society (FCHS) is scheduling two bus tours in 2013. As in 2012, the first tour will take place in Franklin County and is scheduled for Friday June 7.

The Franklin County tour includes a visit to Long Acres Alpaca Farm near Mercersburg, where Michael and Sarah Donahoe are breeding best quality alpacas. Alpacas are sure to put a smile on your face. The next stop is the Robert Kennedy Presbyterian Church in Welsh Run, where, in 1934, Sophie Fleming, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Fleming, a former pastor, had the Tiffany stained-glass window installed in the chancel. The church is now only used for special services and weddings.

A visit to Conococheague Institute, located on historic Rock Hill farm, first settled in 1736, near the village of Welsh Run, follows. This stop also includes a tour of the Davis-Chambers house built in 1752 that still shows many of the original features. Other buildings on the grounds have been preserved or reconstructed.

Following lunch at the Allison Antrim barn museum, the tour will take a look at the 1860s Greek revival house museum that has changing exhibits and then moves on to visit a five-mile crown marker on the Mason-Dixon Line. The Mason-Dixon Line was surveyed to settle the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania. A crown marker displays the Penn crown on the north side and the Calvert crown on the south side. These markers are located every five miles on the line, with smaller stones located every mile. There is one located near Hancock in Fulton County, but it is extremely hard to visit.

The tour’s last stop will be Enoch Brown Park. Enoch Brown was a schoolmaster in the mid-1700s. On July 26, 1764, he and 10 students were massacred and scalped by Indians during the Pontiac War. All died but one.

All of these stops will include information from markers or step-on guides. The cost is $70 ($65.00 for FCHS members) and includes the Bollman bus, lunch and all fees and gratuities.

A second tour is again planned for the Fulton Fall Festival on Friday, October 18, and will take place in northern Fulton County and into Huntingdon County. This trip is in the planning stages and will be described in detail at a later date. For more information about these trips contact any Historical Society board member or John Mentzer at 717-328-9279 or mentzer30@embarqmail.com.

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