Activities Calendar

The Friends of Monterey Pass offer a wide range of activities throughout the year, both on their own behalf and in collaboration with others.  All these activities are shown below under the headings “Recurring Events” and “Special Events” (the chronological list of activities below the calendar). You can always download the master list of activities for reference at home. The master list and the website will always have the most current list of activities.

Summer 2024 Activities Note:

A great season is being planned for 2024. While the Museum officially opens on April 6th, the park and trails remain open year round. We’re still working on details of many events, but the broad schedule is already firming up. As details for each event are prepared, scroll down to see Recurring Activities and the chronological Special Events below.

We want to thank the thousands of you who are waiting patiently while we assembled all the pieces of the coming year’s activities. Check back periodically where you see material highlighted in red for updates and changes. The latest changes will always be posted here on the website.

We can arrange tours as our members are able to support. We have a 6-passenger golf cart for some of you who may need help getting up the hill, also by arrangement with available members. To contact us with these and other questions, email us at montereypassbattlefield@gmail.com.

We’re making progress fund raising to purchase the Toll House and several acres of adjoining land where the fiercest part of the Battle of Monterey Pass took place. If you want to help, or know of others who share an interest in historical preservation and might want to participate, email us at montereypassbattlefield@gmail.com.

Preserving the historical significance of the park is what we do. To join the Friends or help with contributions, see our “Support for” or “Friends of” Monterey Pass” pages on this website. In the meantime, be well, be safe and enjoy our park.

Recurring Activities:

  • Board Meetings: Meetings of the Friends of Monterey Pass Board are held at the Museum on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.
  • Monterey Pass Park Hours: The park is open to the public from dawn to dusk year round. Evening hour activities can be approved by the Chairman of the Board of Washington Township or his designated representative. The Pavilion must be scheduled through Washington Township. Contact information is located on our “Contact Us” page.
  • Museum Hours for 2024: Monterey Pass Museum will be open each Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, from April 6th to November 10th, 2024. A wide array of artifacts, stories, books and more are available each weekend. A great place to start or stop your exploration of the trails and scenic overlooks in the park.
  • 4-Seasons Photo Contest: Friends of Monterey Pass are looking for striking digital images to celebrate Monterey Pass during any of the 4 seasons of the year. Each annual contest runs between August 1st and July 31st. Prizes for the best three photos are $125, $75 and $50. Detailed Rules and Guidelines are available for download. Join the fun. Please visit again in August 2024 when winners will be announced at the Museum.

Special Events (in Chronological Order):

  • Apr 6 – Nov 10: Museum is open for 2024 Season (Every Sat & Sun, 10am – 4pm)
  • Apr 3 – 19:  The Institute will be hosting 5th Graders from the Waynesboro School District Starting Wednesday, April 3rd through Friday, April 19th.  Students will enjoy two programs, Monterey Peak Adventures and Civil War: Battle at Monterey Pass.  They will hike to the Monterey Peak observation deck and learn about forest ecology and the geologic features surrounding them. They will also get an overview of the Civil War as well as the battle that took place at midnight along the Mason-Dixon Line in July 1863. Students will tour the museum, visit a Civil War-era garden, and experience hands on activities to learn about the everyday lives of the Civil War soldiers. Dates are correct – reviewing description.
  • Apr 6: Civil War Trails Sign Dedication (Date is correct. Times and program TBD).
  • Apr 13 – 14:  Living History Weekend – Military Encampment and Battle Reenactment.  Join the War Between the States Society as Union Cavalry Mounted and Dismounted units the 1st WV Cavalry and the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th Michigan Cavalry, face off against Confederate units the 1st MD Cavalry, the 5th AL Infantry, and the 5th, 12th, 20th and 23rd North Carolina Infantry to reenact camp life and the Battle of Monterey Pass. Units will be available Friday – Sunday to share camp life, the school of the soldier, and unit histories.  A blacksmith will demonstrate era skills.  In addition to many activities which are available all day each day, date / times of specific activities include: . . April 13 . . . . . April 14
    • Battle of Monterey Pass Reenactment . . . . . . . . 2pm . . . . . . . . . 1pm
    • Wagon Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10am-4pm . . . . 10am-4pm
    • Blacksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10am-3pm . . . . 10am-2pm
    • Reviewing downloadable material
  • Apr 30:  Garden Talk #1 of 5 in the Civil War Era Garden: Planting an Herbal Container Garden (6:30 – 7:30pm) – The Institute’s gardening expert Pam Rowland presents a program about growing herbs in containers. Learn about the different containers that can be used for planting herb gardens, and about the uses of culinary herbs. Rowland will demonstrate planting an herbal container garden, and talk about the needs and growing habits of herbs, as well as how to take care of your container garden. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Register online here. Dates are correct. Content is for 2023. Reviewing for 2024 content.
  • May 7:  Garden Talk #2 of 5 in the Civil War Era Garden: Planting an Herbal Container Garden (6:30 – 7:30pm) – The Institute’s gardening expert Pam Rowland presents a program about growing herbs in containers. Learn about the different containers that can be used for planting herb gardens, and about the uses of culinary herbs. Rowland will demonstrate planting an herbal container garden, and talk about the needs and growing habits of herbs, as well as how to take care of your container garden. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Register online here. Dates are correct. Content is for 2023. Reviewing for 2024 content.
  • May 11 – 12: Living History Weekend at the Battlefield Park:  Join contemporary representatives of the 2nd United States Sharpshooters (USSS) as they demonstrate Sharpshooter skills and techniques, and soldiers lives during the Civil War.  Sharpshooters and skirmishers played a major role in Civil War Battles.  Both sides used these means to find and determine the shape of their adversaries formations.  Schedule includes:
    • May 11           
      • 9:30am – 4pm . . . . . Camp Life Open to Visit
      • 10am – 1pm . . . . . . . Sharp Shooters Tactical Demos (blank fire)
    • May 12           
      • 10am – 2pm . . . . . . . Camp Life Open to Visit                         
      • 10am – 1pm . . . . . . . .Sharp Shooters Tactical Demos (blank fire)
  • May 11 – 12 :  Also this weekend, Resident Battlefield Guide John Galie Walking Tours in the Park.   A thoroughly enjoyable and easy walk along the trails and roads used by retreating Confederate and pursuing Union forces. (Sat – 11am & 2pm, Sun – 11am)
  • May 14:  Garden Talk #3 of 5 in the Civil War Era Garden: How to Design and Install Raised Beds in Your Backyard (6:30 – 7:30 pm) – In the second Garden Talk, The Institute’s gardening expert Pam Rowland presents a program on how to design and install raised beds in your backyard. Attendees will see first-hand what raised beds look like, discover why they are beneficial, and learn how to create them. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Register online here.  Dates are correct. Content is for 2023. Reviewing for 2024 content.
  • May 21:  Garden Talk #4 of 5 in the Civil War Era Garden: Walk & Talk—Medicinal Uses of Herbs (6:30 – 7:30 pm) – In The Institute’s third Garden Talk, pharmacist and Master Gardener Greg Susla will conduct attendees through the garden with an eye to exploring the various herbs cultivated there. He will discuss the medicinal uses of herbs during Civil War times—whether ingested, steeped into a tea or applied topically—and also talk about whether any of the herbs have a medical use today. Susla has extensive experience with medicinal herb gardens, and with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Register online here. Dates are correct. Content is for 2023. Reviewing for 2024 content.
  • May XXth (1 – 4 pm) Music in the Park – Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and / or blankets as this is an outdoor event.  Food and beverages by Antietam Dairy. Inclement weather dates to be determined. Under Construction – check back later
  • May 28:  Garden Talk #5 of 5 in the Civil War Era Garden: Walk & Talk—How to Create Natural Dyes from Herbs & Plants (6:30 – 7:30 pm) – In the fourth and final Garden Talk, The Institute’s gardening expert Pam Rowland presents a program about creating natural dyes. Learn which herbs to plant for creating natural dyes, as well as what dye color each plant produces. Using examples of naturally-dyed woolen yarn—and even Easter eggs—Rowland will discuss the process of making natural dyes from herbs and other plants. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Register online here. Dates are correct. Content is for 2023. Reviewing for 2024 content.
  • Jun 1 – 23: Book Sale:
    • On weekdays from June 1 – 23: Take your old books to R. Lee Royer’s office at 10764 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA, during their normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm).
    • On Saturdays and Sundays, June 1 – 23, from 10 am to 4 pm, come to the Museum to find that book you’ve been looking for.
    • For more information on book drop-offs, or the book sale, call 717-762-5619, or email leeroyerassociates@comcast.net, or montereypassbattlefield@gmail.com.
    • All books not purchased will be donated to the Blue Ridge Summit Library at their Iced Cream Social on Jul 15th at the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library.
  • Jun 9: One day only, Resident Battlefield Guide John Galie Walking Tours in the Park.  A thoroughly enjoyable and easy walk along the trails and roads used by retreating Confederate and pursuing Union forces. (Sunday only – 11am)
  • Jun 29, (1 – 4 pm):  Music in the Park – Bobby D and the Truck Stop Burritos – Bobby D. and the Truckstop Burritos are Bobby Miller, Greg Johnson, David Repass, and Ragan Potts.   A local favorite, known for their special brand of honky tonk country and rock, fans and newcomers can expect a lively, fun show. For more on Bobby D, click here.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and / or blankets as this is an outdoor event.   Food and beverages by The Weiners Circle LLC and Antietam Dairy.  Date and band is correct. Food, Beverages and Inclement weather date to be determined.
  • Jul 4 – 6: Museum Open for the Full 4th of July Weekend: By popular demand, the museum will extend its normal schedule to cover the full 4th of July weekend. Under Construction.
  • Jul 5 – 7: Living History Weekend – Battle of Gettysburg Retreat Reenactment .  Tours and discussion of the different Civil War camps. Campaign vs winter. Representatives of different units of Union and confederate camps will give a brief history of the Unit they are representing. Schedule includes: Under Construction
    • Jun 30 – Jul 2 
      • 9:30am – 4pm: School of the Soldier, Camp Life, Unit History
    • Jul 1 – 2, 
      • 2 – 4pm: @nd Maryland Fife and Drum Corp
    • Note: Sunday activities end at 3pm
  • Jul 20:  Blue Ridge Summit (BRS) Library Iced Cream Social and Book Sale (9am – 2pm) – at the BRS library.  The Iced Cream Social is a 47 Year tradition of the BRS library, raising funds for the Building Board.  It includes a book sale, food, vendors music and children’s games.   The Friends of Monterey Pass are proud to lend support.  For more on this event, email brsmtnboard@gmail.com.      
  • Jul 28:  One day only, Resident Battlefield Guide John Galie Walking Tours in the Park.  A thoroughly enjoyable and easy walk along the trails and roads used by retreating Confederate and pursuing Union forces. (Sunday only – 11am)
  • Jul 31st – 4 Seasons Photo Contest submission deadline: see details here;  also August 1st is the start date for the 5th Annual Contest for 2024 – 2025.  
  • Jul or Aug XXth (1 – 4 pm) Music in the Park – Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and / or blankets as this is an outdoor event.  Food and beverages by Antietam Dairy. Inclement weather dates to be determined. Under Construction – check back later
  • Aug 10: Civil War Relics Day (10 am – 4 pm): For all collectors, an open invitation to share your artifacts and relics of the Civil War with friends and neighbors at the Museum.
  •  Aug 10:  Announce the winners of our 4th Annual Photo Contest at the Museum (12 noon)
  • Aug XXth (1 – 4 pm) Living History Weekend – Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and / or blankets as this is an outdoor event.  Food and beverages by Antietam Dairy. Inclement weather dates to be determined. Under Construction – check back later
  • Aug 18:  One day only, Resident Battlefield Guide John Galie Walking Tours in the Park.  A thoroughly enjoyable and easy walk along the trails and roads used by retreating Confederate and pursuing Union forces. (Sunday only – 11am)
  • Sep 14 – 15:  Living History Weekend at the Battlefield Park – Join us for Artillery and Infantry demonstrations by the 2nd Maryland Artillery (Baltimore Light Artillery) and the 110th Pennsylvania Co H.  Also featuring “Civil War Historical Impressions” Doug Decker portraying Fed Surgeon Dr Brinton who will discuss field medicine.  All strive to re-create the best impressions of Civil War life possible based on research and documentation.  In addition, learn about Civil War uniforms and paint a soldier you can keep.  Supplies limited, so please register in advance with John Welker at johnwelker117@gmail.com. The schedule includes:
    • Infantry Reenactments:
      • Daily 9:30am & 1pm
    • Artillery Demos:
      • Daily: 10am & 1:30pm   
    • Medical Displays: Daily
    • Camp Life Open to Visit:                     
      • Sat      9:30am – 5pm          
      • Sun     9:30am – 2pm
    • Bring the Past to Life with Paint:
      • Sat at Noon
  • Sep 14 – 15 :  Also this weekend, Resident Battlefield Guide John Galie Walking Tours in the Park.   A thoroughly enjoyable and easy walk along the trails and roads used by retreating Confederate and pursuing Union forces. (Sat – 11am & 2pm, Sun – 11am)
  • Nov 10th – Last day of the 2024 Season: The Museum will be open for the last time this year from 10 am – 4 pm.

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