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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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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I'm glad to see you guys are taking some of my ideas and actually putting them to use.

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On July 3rd at Monterey Pass - a Ghost Pit Tour of the battlefield. Ghost Pit Tours cost $20 which gets donated to the museum. To schedule, use their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/paranormal219), or contact them at theghostpit@yahoo.com and (717) 496-6071.

Two extra activities you will want to check out. First, today is the last day to submit pictures for the Photo Contest. Second, we're still accepting applications for the Art in the Park event on July 17th. In addition seeing the art of your neighbors and friends, if you are an artist you can show and sell your work. Details for both events are at montereypassbattlefield.org/calendar under "Recurring Activities".
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On July 3rd at Monterey Pass - a Ghost Pit Tour of the battlefield.  Ghost Pit Tours cost $20 which gets donated to the museum.  To schedule, use their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/paranormal219), or contact them at theghostpit@yahoo.com and (717) 496-6071. 

Two extra activities you will want to check out.  First, today is the last day to submit pictures for the Photo Contest.  Second, were still accepting applications for the Art in the Park event on July 17th.  In addition seeing the art of your neighbors and friends, if you are an artist you can  show and sell your work.   Details for both events are at montereypassbattlefield.org/calendar under Recurring Activities.

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We are looking forward to this!!! Thank you everyone in advance for your support!!!

Can't wait to see all the pictures and videos of this place!

We had a great afternoon with bluegrass band “Dead Horse Revival” at the Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. What’s not to like about great music, Chicago Charley’s Hotdogs, Antietam Dairy Ice Cream, and a chance at drawing prizes ranging from a mini-Weber Grill to summer chairs. In addition to 2 more bands, we have many more activities scheduled this summer. Take a look at them all at montereypassbattlefield.org/calendar. And if events are not enough, for the same price (“0”) come take advantage of our upgraded trails and overlooks, or visit the museum on weekends. See you there. ... See MoreSee Less

We have a busy month of activities to offer in July, starting with our 2nd concert. On June 26th, “Dead Horse Revival” will bring "Bluegrass with a Country and Rock twist" to the Pavilion from 1 - 4 pm. Chicago Charley's Hot Dogs and Antietam Dairy will provide food and beverage support. Inclement weather day will be the 27th. ... See MoreSee Less

We have a busy month of activities to offer in July, starting with our 2nd concert.  On June 26th, “Dead Horse Revival” will bring Bluegrass with a Country and Rock twist to the Pavilion from 1 - 4 pm.  Chicago Charleys Hot Dogs and Antietam Dairy will provide food and beverage support.  Inclement weather day will be the 27th.