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August 14, 2004
Peach festival The Leitersburg Ruritan Peach Festival will include music, foods featuring peaches and a Civil War encampment. Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Leitersburg Ruritan Community Park. Free. Call 301-797-4419. Healing arts event A three-day festival celebrating 140 years of healing arts and emergency medicine. The event will feature Civil War and World War II hospital encampments, a Civil War ambulance, military medical presentations, modern emergency medical displays, a bagpiper, a corn roast and bluegrass music.
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September 14, 2007
Washington County has a number of state parks. · Gathland - Gathland was once the mountain home of Civil War journalist George Alfred Townsend and is the site of a large, stone monument dedicated to the plight of war correspondents. The Appalachian Trail crosses through this park, which is on the border of Washington and Frederick counties, one mile east of Md. 67 on Gapland Road, south of Boonsboro. The 140-acre park includes unique buildings that Townsend constructed and The War Correspondents Arch.
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by Lydia Hadfield | August 30, 2005
You can spend Labor Day weekend watching TV, playing video games or staring at the fly on the ceiling. But why? Why not think outside the TV, outside the house, outside the boxes? Why not take a hike, you know, outside? Instead of sitting around the house moaning about getting back to school work, why not visit a park and enjoy yourself? It's a good way to kill time, get some exercise and maybe have fun. Plenty of state parks in the Tri-State area offer scenic opportunities for getting a breath of fresh air. Try a hiking or mountain biking trail; most parks have paths suited for varying levels of experience.
NEWS
August 12, 2006
Battlefield tour is tonight South Mountain State Battlefield and Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield will present "After the Battle" a candlelight tour of the South Mountain Battlefield at Crampton's Gap from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today. Meet at Gathland State Park. Join historians and reenactors to learn more about this critical battle during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Tours will leave from the Gathland pavilion every 15 minutes. The cost is $5 for adults; free for ages 11 and younger.
NEWS
September 6, 2000
Schedule: South Mountain Fire on the Mountain: The Battle of South Mountain Friday, Sept. 8 Re-enactors set up camp. No public events. Saturday, Sept. 9 Camps open to public - 9 a.m. Historian Steve Stotelmyer speaks on "The Legend of Wise's Well" - Activities tent, 11 a.m. Hagerstown Community College professor Tom Clemens speaks on "Origins of the Iron Brigade Name" - Activities tent, noon. Historian Joe Harsh speaks on "The Maryland Campaign" - Activities tent, 1 p.m. Troops form for battle - 2 p.m. Battle of Fox's Gap - 3 p.m.; battle ends between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Camps close to public - 5 p.m. Candlelight tours of encampment - 8 to 10 p.m. $5 admission.
NEWS
October 11, 2000
Civil War trail to leads to Antietam By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer A $1.1 million Civil War trail tracing Confederate General Robert E. Lee's invasion of Maryland may be finished by 2002. continued Road signs at 33 waysides, or stopping points, would guide history buffs along a 70-mile route, from Whites Ferry in Montgomery County to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. "We'll put in unified interpretive markers that talk about actual events in the order they happened," said Marci Ross, the resources development manager for the Maryland Office of Tourism Development.
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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | September 11, 1999
ROHRERSVILLE - Three people from Washington County have been appointed by Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening to a task force studying the feasibility of creating a state park at South Mountain. Daniel P. Spedden, of Boonsboro, will be vice chairman of the South Mountain Battlefield Historic Tourism Initiative Task Force. Spedden will represent the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Also from Washington County are Joseph L. Motter of Rohrersville, who is a member of the Friends of Gathland State Park; and Barbara A. Rodenhiser, a member of Friends of Washington Monument State Park.
NEWS
July 24, 2004
BURKITTSVILLE, Md. - The fifth annual candlelight tour of the Crampton's Gap area of the South Mountain State Battlefield will be held Aug. 14 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The tour, titled "After the Battle," will feature walking tours of Crampton's Gap, where present-day Gathland State Park is located. Walks will start at 20-minute intervals and participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Civil War re-enactors will show what life was like for the soldiers after the Battle of South Mountain.
NEWS
August 26, 1999
There was an interesting story in The New York Times this week that demonstrated how fast rumors can fly on the Web, and how large numbers of people can be duped with small amounts of fact. The article is about a company called Uniprime Capital Acceptance Inc., a small car dealership in Las Vegas, whose stock back in January was worth about 25 cents a share. Last month, Uniprime announced that it was acquiring another car dealership, but traders yawned at the news and the stock was unaffected.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 17, 2007
SHARPSBURG - About 40 people gathered in a church Sunday at the site of what was described as "hell on Earth" 145 years ago. They were listening to the Wildcat Regiment Band perform at Dunker Church at Antietam National Battlefield. The concert was part of the celebration of the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Conductor B.J. Pino said the band was playing authentic music from the mid-19th century with instruments from the Civil War era. While their dress, instruments and music were historically accurate, some modern obstacles were obvious during the band's performance.
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NEWS
September 14, 2007
Washington County has a number of state parks. · Gathland - Gathland was once the mountain home of Civil War journalist George Alfred Townsend and is the site of a large, stone monument dedicated to the plight of war correspondents. The Appalachian Trail crosses through this park, which is on the border of Washington and Frederick counties, one mile east of Md. 67 on Gapland Road, south of Boonsboro. The 140-acre park includes unique buildings that Townsend constructed and The War Correspondents Arch.
NEWS
August 12, 2006
Battlefield tour is tonight South Mountain State Battlefield and Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield will present "After the Battle" a candlelight tour of the South Mountain Battlefield at Crampton's Gap from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today. Meet at Gathland State Park. Join historians and reenactors to learn more about this critical battle during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Tours will leave from the Gathland pavilion every 15 minutes. The cost is $5 for adults; free for ages 11 and younger.
NEWS
by Lydia Hadfield | August 30, 2005
You can spend Labor Day weekend watching TV, playing video games or staring at the fly on the ceiling. But why? Why not think outside the TV, outside the house, outside the boxes? Why not take a hike, you know, outside? Instead of sitting around the house moaning about getting back to school work, why not visit a park and enjoy yourself? It's a good way to kill time, get some exercise and maybe have fun. Plenty of state parks in the Tri-State area offer scenic opportunities for getting a breath of fresh air. Try a hiking or mountain biking trail; most parks have paths suited for varying levels of experience.
NEWS
August 14, 2004
Peach festival The Leitersburg Ruritan Peach Festival will include music, foods featuring peaches and a Civil War encampment. Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Leitersburg Ruritan Community Park. Free. Call 301-797-4419. Healing arts event A three-day festival celebrating 140 years of healing arts and emergency medicine. The event will feature Civil War and World War II hospital encampments, a Civil War ambulance, military medical presentations, modern emergency medical displays, a bagpiper, a corn roast and bluegrass music.
NEWS
July 24, 2004
BURKITTSVILLE, Md. - The fifth annual candlelight tour of the Crampton's Gap area of the South Mountain State Battlefield will be held Aug. 14 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The tour, titled "After the Battle," will feature walking tours of Crampton's Gap, where present-day Gathland State Park is located. Walks will start at 20-minute intervals and participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Civil War re-enactors will show what life was like for the soldiers after the Battle of South Mountain.
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by Timothy J. Reese | October 19, 2003
Upon returning from vacation, I was besieged with alarmed inquiries regarding the recent dedication of a commemorative plaque at Gathland State Park in Crampton's Gap on South Mountain near Burkittsville, Md. I then learned that this plaque is just the first of several planned to enshrine newsmen of America's various wars. This plaque memorializes four journalists who lost their lives during the "War on Terrorism," what continues as America's contentious intervention in Iraq. The project has come to speedy, unimpeded completion, without formal government review.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | September 16, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com BURKITTSVILLE, Md. - A Civil War educational group on Saturday dedicated interpretive signs that members hope will increase public awareness about a key battle fought on South Mountain near Burkittsville. Exactly 140 years after Confederate and Union troops clashed at Crampton's Gap on Sept. 14, 1862, members of the Virginia-based Blue and Gray Education Society met at the battlefield site in South Mountain State Park to dedicate 17 color-illustrated and narrative signs that commemorate the battle.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | September 16, 2002
julieg@herald-mail.com Lucky Dylan Shafer. The first re-enactment he ever saw was Friday's Battle at Fox's Gap with thousands of re-enactors on both sides and Hollywood special effects to bolster the action. "It was cool. I liked how it was real loud and that it was real," said Dylan, 11, of Severn, Md. "People really fell and they really shot guns. " Truth be told, no one actually got shot, many re-enactors took their time falling after being "shot" and the guns only held a smidgen of gunpowder.
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