Heritage Ride to area churches to benefit St. Mark's Episcopal Church

August 08, 2011

The Heritage Ride, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, is a three-hour tour of Civil War churches in Washington County.  

It is a fundraiser for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Motorcycle riders and cars are invited to participate, rain or shine.

The ride begins in Hancock, the site of three Civil War-era churches: St. Thomas’ Episcopal, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and Hancock Presbyterian Church. All three were locations for the Battle of Hancock in January 1862.

Registration for the ride is from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. in the St. Peter’s parking lot.

Motorcycles coming from the east should enter the parking lot at the end of High Street by turning right off Main Street at Fulton Street, and then turning right and continuing up High Street to the end.

Motorcycle parking is offered in St. Peter’s parking lot. Cars are directed to park in the Rail Trail parking lot off Main Street.  

A breakfast and tours of the historic church and cemetery will be offered at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church from 7 to 9 a.m. The Blessing of the Bikes takes place at 9:15 a.m.

The tour includes Civil War churches and will include the following routes: U.S. 40 to Clear Spring; Md. 68 to College Road; Md. 65 to Antietam National Battlefield; Md. 34 to Keedysville; and Manor Church Road.

In addition to the Hancock churches, other churches on the tour include St. Andrew’s, Clear Spring; St. James School; Dunkard Church; Christ Reformed UCC and Tolson Chapel, Sharpsburg; Manor Church of the Brethren; and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Optional tours of historic buildings will be offered at several stops along the way.

The ride ends at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Road. Lunch, raffles, door prizes, and tours of the church and cemetery will be available from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

All proceeds from this event will support the building fund for the St. Mark’s Fellowship Center, which is under construction.

For more information, call 301-582-0417 or go to

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