After three days of battle at Gettysburg . . .

. . . both sides had taken substantial losses. Robert E. Lee’s 50,000 remaining troops of the Army of Northern Virginia needed to withdraw from 80,000 remaining Union troops in George Meade’s Army of the Potomac.  Where did they go? 

Monterey Pass was the site of a battle that would determine whether Lee would be able to retreat and fight another day.  60 miles of wagons, loaded with supplies needed to sustain Lee’s army, headed for the river crossing at Williamsport MD and escape to Virginia.  20 miles of those wagons made their way via Monterey Pass.  During the night of July 4th, 5000 Union troops, including George Armstrong Custer, attacked this retreating wagon train in the middle of a raging thunderstorm.  

The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum is a 125 acre natural, cultural & historical park located in Washington Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.  The park and museum preserves a portion of Pennsylvania’s second largest Civil War battle.

The Park includes the Toll House, site of the fiercest part of the battle where the Union broke the Confederate line, miles of trails with magnificent views of the area, and a Boy Scout encampment area.  Adjacent to the Park is Happel’s Meadow Wetlands, Monterey Park picnic area, and a playground.  The Museum and its immediate grounds include maps and artifacts of the battle.  Parking suitable for cars and busses is located just across Charmain Road, at the starting point of the trails and within a short walk of the Museum.  

Join us for a wonderful Civil War and nature experience.  Take a look around the park with this video.

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For more Scheduled Activities, see our Activities Calendar at left. For current events, review the following posts from our Facebook page, or visit our Facebook page using the link below.

We would like to announce to all our Facebook friends that our museum will be opening for the season on Saturday April 10th and will remain open to Sunday October 31st. Museum hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4. We are putting together an extensive list of events for the upcoming season so check our calendar of events on our website and we will continue to update you here on facebook ...
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We would like to announce to all our hikers that we have opened a new trail. It is the Monterey Peak Overlook Trail. It is about a quarter mile in length and is like hiking on the Appalachian Trail It provides a great view on the valley. So when the weather improves try it out and let us know what you think of it ...
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Although it looks like winter outside presently we are not that far from opening our facility on April 10th. We would like to reach out to our scouting groups and especially all the individuals who are in need of community service hours and projects for advancement. If you are in need of service hours or projects please contact us as we have a number of projects available for you and if you are not aware we have a scout camping facility on our trails. Hope to hear from you in the near future! ...
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Our organization has just purchased a full Union Cavalry uniform that we will be displaying this season in our museum. At this time we are looking for a mannequin to display it. If you know of anyone that would be willing to donate or loan one to the Friends please drop us a line. Thank you for your help as we believe this display will present a great photo opportunity for visitors of all ages! ...
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We would like to inform all of our followers that we will be hosting a living history exhibit on Saturday May 15th and Sunday May 16th 2021 that will once again include an artillery display on both days. Artillery times will be at 10 and 2 on both Saturday and Sunday. John Gallie will also be giving his educational walking tours of the battlefield at 11and 3 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday. We hope to see you there to enjoy a spring weekend with us at Monterey Pass Battlefield and Museum! ...
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