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.

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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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Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum is offering a lot that’s new in 2021.

- Upgraded Trails - Scenic Overlooks - Encampment Area - New Artifacts at the Museum, and more . . .

Sharing the new features is a top priority, so Friends of Monterey Pass plans a 2021 season full of activities. Starting in May . . .

- On the 15th and 16th we have Cannon Demonstrations, Infantry Reenactments, and Guided Tours,
- On 22nd the Waynesboro High School Music Department is offering "a capella" choral and instrumental ensembles on the lower trails.
- The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm.

Download a copies of the full season schedule, the handy pocket schedule, or details of all activities online at our website (montereypassbattlefield.org/calendar).

In addition, we’re laying plans to buy the historic, nearby Toll House and adjacent land. This was the site of the fiercest part of the battle on Old Route 16 the night of July 4th, 1863. More on that at the end of the summer.

Feel free to share the good news with family, friends and neighbors. See you there.

Friends of Monterey Pass
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Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum is offering a lot that’s new in 2021.  

  -  Upgraded Trails - Scenic Overlooks - Encampment Area - New Artifacts at the Museum, and more . . .  

Sharing the new features is a top priority, so Friends of Monterey Pass plans a 2021 season full of activities.  Starting in May . . . 

  -  On the 15th and 16th we have Cannon Demonstrations, Infantry Reenactments, and Guided Tours, 
  -  On 22nd the Waynesboro High School Music Department is offering a capella choral and instrumental ensembles on the lower trails.  
  -  The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm.

Download a copies of the full season schedule, the handy pocket schedule, or details of all activities online at our website (montereypassbattlefield.org/calendar).  

In addition, we’re laying plans to buy the historic, nearby Toll House and adjacent land.  This was the site of the fiercest part of the battle on Old Route 16 the night of July 4th, 1863.  More on that at the end of the summer.  

Feel free to share the good news with family, friends and neighbors.  See you there.    

 Friends of Monterey Pass

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That is amazing news about buying the toll house and the surrounding property!

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Wonderful Video, thanks!

A real "no foolin" treat. The Adams County Historical Society's program on April 1st is a 45 minute video presentation on The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum. Darwin Seiler will cover the history of the Battle, Lee Royer will show off the Park, and John Gorman will do the same for the Museum.

This presentation will run on the Facebook page of the Adams County Historical Society on April 1 at 7:00 pm. This link will take you directly to the ACHS Facebook page. It will not be posted until April 1.
ACHS Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/achspa

Not able to watch live or want to watch it again? Visit the ACHS YouTube channel to view this or any of our past virtual programs.
ACHS YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/AdamsCountyHistoricalSociety

Check back at montereypassbattlefield.org for more information on a full schedule of activities for 2021.
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A real no foolin treat.  The Adams County Historical Societys program on April 1st is a 45 minute video presentation on The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum.  Darwin Seiler will cover the history of the Battle, Lee Royer will show off the Park, and John Gorman will do the same for the Museum.  

This presentation will run on the Facebook page of the Adams County Historical Society on April 1 at 7:00 pm.  This link will take you directly to the ACHS Facebook page. It will not be posted until April 1.
ACHS Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/achspa

Not able to watch live or want to watch it again?  Visit the ACHS YouTube channel to view this or any of our past virtual programs.
ACHS YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/c/AdamsCountyHistoricalSociety

Check back at montereypassbattlefield.org for more information on a full schedule of activities for 2021.

Cub Scouts cleaned all the signs, cleared the trails and enjoyed the observation deck to help get ready for the 2021 season. The museum opens April 10th. This year there will be a full schedule of activities. For more information, see our website at montereypassbattlefield.org. ... See MoreSee Less

Cub Scouts cleaned all the signs, cleared the trails and enjoyed the observation deck to help get ready for the 2021 season.  The museum opens April 10th.  This year there will be a full schedule of activities.  For more information, see our website at montereypassbattlefield.org.

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Thanks for your service kids! We appreciate you. 🥰

Last time up there, they were setting posts. This is terrific. Thanks Elaine.

Great job

We had so much fun! Thank you for hosting us!!!

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Cub Scouts enjoying the camping area as part of a service day at the Park on March 13th.