2013-08-08 / Local & State

Historical Society Plans Bus Tour


The Fulton County Historical Society (FCHS) is offering a daylong bus tour of northern Fulton County, Huntingdon, Bedford and Blair counties as part of the 40th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival that takes place October 18, 19 and 20.

Leaving from the Giant Food parking lot in McConnellsburg, Friday, October 18, at 8:30 a.m., the tour includes a visit to Camp Sinoquipe, a 500-acre Boy Scout camp that was established north of Fort Littleton in 1947 and features a lake, a recently constructed dining hall and a new multi-use building.

The tour will travel over portions of the original Forbes Road to Wood, Pa., where it will stop for a look at a Russian Orthodox cemetery with its unique double crosses.

A stop at the Broad Top Coal Miners Museum in Robertsdale, Huntingdon County, will tell the history of semi-bituminous coal mining, railroading and iron-making on Broad Top Mountain.

In Dudley tour-goers will get a chance to take photographs of the Huntingdon and Broad Top engine, water tower and station.

Lunch will be enjoyed at Traditions Restaurant and Store in Martinsburg, Blair County. Located in Morrison’s Cove, a long, narrow 35-mile valley second only to Lancaster County for fertile farmland, the restaurant serves good home cooking in a Pennsylvania Dutch atmosphere.

Afternoon tour stops include Riddlesburg Coke Ovens for more photo opportunities; the Keystone Foundry in Hopewell that was a mid-19th century repair shop for the H&BTM Railroad and later Simon Brothers Foundry, where stoves were produced; and the Oregon CCC Camp in Wells Valley.

Initially a CCC camp, the site was used to house conscientious objectors from 1942 to 1944 and then German prisoners of war. The abandoned Sideling Hill Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnel and remains of the old South Penn Railroad are also at this location. A history of these remains will be told by a park ranger.

Tour hosts are John Mentzer and Ken Keebaugh; tour stops will have local presenters. The cost is $70 ($65 for Historical Society members) and includes chartered bus, lunch and all gratuities.

For more information call 717- 328-9279 or e-mail mentzer30@embarqmail.com. Registration and payment must be received by October 10.

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