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 Battle included the Toll House, site of the fiercest part of the battle where the Union broke the Confederate line. The Toll House which still stands is currently privately owned and occupied, though negotiations are underway to bring it into the Park. The Park currently includes 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 Pavilion (which can be reserved through Washington Township) 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 over the pedestrian bridge of the Museum.  

Join us for a wonderful Civil War and nature experience.  Take a look around the park with this video. See many enhancements described in the video which were completed in late 2020, and the 2021 Program here.

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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 at the bottom of this page.

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Rolling into September with additional changes and programs at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park & Museum.
- On September 18 - 19, join us for another Living History Weekend at the Museum. There will be cannon demonstrations and a Civil War Medicine display and discussion at 10am and 2pm each day.
- That same weekend, Civil War Professional John Galie's Walking Tours will be back at the Park. Meet John at the Museum to enjoy a professional guided tour at 11 am and 2 pm Sat, and 11 am on Sunday.
. . . and all throughout the month, the new 1860’s style 4 Square Herb Garden is finally coming together right behind the Museum! The Institute approached The Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield with the idea recently and they've brought their expertise to bear on this very nice addition.

There's a lot that's new in 2021 at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum
- Several miles of new trails and overlooks, complements of Washington Township, and Artifacts of the Civil War and the Battle at the Museum
. . . and we're laying plans to acquire the Toll House and adjacent battlefield land where the fiercest part of the Battle of Monterey Pass took place.

See you there.
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Rolling into September with additional changes and programs at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park & Museum.  
  -  On September 18 - 19, join us for another Living History Weekend at the Museum.  There will be cannon demonstrations and a Civil War Medicine display and discussion at 10am and 2pm each day.  
  -  That same weekend, Civil War Professional John Galies Walking Tours will be back at the Park.  Meet John at the Museum to enjoy a professional guided tour at 11 am and 2 pm Sat, and 11 am on Sunday.
. . . and all throughout the month, the new 1860’s style 4 Square Herb Garden is finally coming together right behind the Museum!  The Institute approached The Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield with the idea recently and theyve brought their expertise to bear on this very nice addition.

Theres a lot thats new in 2021 at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum
  -  Several miles of new trails and overlooks, complements of Washington Township, and Artifacts of the Civil War and the Battle at the Museum
. . . and were laying plans to acquire the Toll House and adjacent battlefield land where the fiercest part of the Battle of Monterey Pass took place.  

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My great great grandfather was Major George M Emack

We can't wait for John's tour!

Thomas Reidenbach

Sounds good. Thanks.

Come see nationally known "Across the Pond" Saturday, August 21st from 1 - 4pm at the Pavillion. The last of our summer concert series, "Across the Pond" brings a mix of Celtic folk music from Ireland and Scotland, along with Mountain Music from the Appalachians. Fat Russ' BBQ and Antietam Dairy will be there for food and drinks. Rain day the following day.

Had a good crowd at the Museum last week for Relics Day. Check montereypassbattlefield.org for our complete schedule.
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Come see nationally known Across the Pond Saturday, August 21st from 1 - 4pm at the Pavillion.  The last of our summer concert series, Across the Pond brings a mix of Celtic folk music from Ireland and Scotland, along with Mountain Music from the Appalachians.  Fat Russ BBQ and Antietam Dairy will be there for food and drinks.  Rain day the following day.  

Had a good crowd at the Museum last week for Relics Day.  Check montereypassbattlefield.org for our complete schedule.

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How much is admission to Saturday concert in the park?

This coming Saturday, August 14th, see what tens of thousands of retreating Conferates and pursuing Union troops left in their wake during the retreat and fighting after Gettysburg.

Join us at the Monterey Pass Museum for "Relics Display Day" from 10am - 4pm. Local historians, artifact hunters and the merely curious found thousands of solid connections to this great retreat. If you have relics you would like to display, contact Steve Tanner at tannersteve76@yahoo.com, or email montereypassbattlefield@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for word on nationally known Celtic group "Across the Pond on August 21st. For more on activities at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, go to montereypassbattlefield.org. See you there.
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This coming Saturday, August 14th, see what tens of thousands of  retreating Conferates and pursuing Union troops left in their wake during the retreat and fighting after Gettysburg.  

Join us at the Monterey Pass Museum for Relics Display Day from 10am - 4pm.  Local historians, artifact hunters and the merely curious found thousands of solid connections to this great retreat.  If you have relics you would like to display, contact Steve Tanner at tannersteve76@yahoo.com, or email montereypassbattlefield@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for word on nationally known Celtic group Across the Pond on August 21st.  For more on activities at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, go to montereypassbattlefield.org.  See you there.

Next weekend, the 24th - Another great band at Monterey Pass.

The Flying Matlocks and Soliel bring their eclectic mix of Americana, old Country, Blues and Rock to the Pavilion. Join us from 1 - 4pm Saturday, July 24th. Chicago Charley will be on-hand with gourmet hot dogs, and Antietam Dairy will have their delicious ice cream.

In addition, John Galie offers professional guided tours of the battle at 11am and 2pm Saturday the 24th, and again at 11am Sunday the 25th. All are welcome to join John at the Museum.

For more on activities at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, see montereypassbattlefield.org. See you there.
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Next weekend, the 24th - Another great band at Monterey Pass.  

The Flying Matlocks and Soliel bring their eclectic mix of Americana, old Country, Blues and Rock to the Pavilion.  Join us from 1 - 4pm Saturday, July 24th.  Chicago Charley will be on-hand with gourmet hot dogs, and Antietam Dairy will have their delicious ice cream.  

In addition, John Galie offers professional guided tours of the battle at 11am and 2pm Saturday the 24th, and again at 11am Sunday the 25th.  All are welcome to join John at the Museum.  

For more on activities at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, see montereypassbattlefield.org.  See you there.

Saturday, July 17th: Monterey Pass is proud to host our First Annual Art in the Park! Over 20 talented local artists and artisans will set up on the lawn beside our museum at 14325 Buchanan Trail East, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. A variety of works will be displayed and available for purchase, including oil paintings, pottery, candles, photography, crafts, silver jewelry, wooden toys/games, laser engravings, stained glass, and others. Chicago Charley will be on-hand selling gourmet hot dogs, and Antietam Dairy offering delicious ice cream. In addition, at noon we’ll announce the winner of our 4 Seasons Photo Contest. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday, July 17th:  Monterey Pass is proud to host our First Annual Art in the Park!  Over 20 talented local artists and artisans will set up on the lawn beside our museum at 14325 Buchanan Trail East, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  A variety of works will be displayed and available for purchase, including oil paintings, pottery, candles, photography, crafts, silver jewelry, wooden toys/games, laser engravings, stained glass, and others.  Chicago Charley will be on-hand selling gourmet hot dogs, and Antietam Dairy offering delicious ice cream.  In addition, at noon we’ll announce the winner of our 4 Seasons Photo Contest.  See you there!

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