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Civil War 150 River Towns - A PRELUDE TO GETTYSBURG

Columbia, Marietta & Wrightsville, PA

Saturday, June 15, 2013 to Sunday, June 30, 2013

Living History Event

June 15   Annual Juneteenth Parade


Join in this observation of a milestone in African-American history.  The parade, held in Columbia, will step off from Mt. Zion AME Church, and head toward Zion Hill Cemetery.  This first stop will feature a ceremony including speakers, re-enactors and wreath-laying, before progressing to Mt. Bethel Cemetery. The parade will disperse from this point following a second wreath-laying ceremony.


June Civil War Ball


National Watch & Clock Museum

514 Poplar Street, Columbia

A Civil War Ball will kick off the sesquicentennial activities. Plans for this ticketed community event include live period music. Period dress is encouraged but not required. Call 717-684-8261 ext.211 for tickets. Price for this event is $20 per person or $30 per couple.


June 23 “Origins of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster & York Counties: A Motor Coach Tour”

From Wrightsville to Christiana

Join historian Randolph Harris for a guided tour with historical re-enactors, storytellers, sites, and stops along the way.  This event is sponsored by Rivertownes PA USA.  Contact Claire Storm at 717-684-2489 for reservations. Click here for flyer.

June 28 Flames Across the Susquehanna


John Wright Restaurant

N Front Street, Wrightsville

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the burning of the mile-long covered bridge that spanned the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville, Rivertownes PA USA will create ceremonial fires atop the 25 piers that once supported the span. The destruction of the bridge thwarted the eastward movement of Confederate soldiers bent on marching into Lancaster County and routed them westward towards Gettysburg. Prior to the dusk ceremony, the Susquehanna Travelers, a troupe of Civil War musicians, will entertain on the grounds overlooking the piers. Lighting of the piers will be accompanied by a narration of the events that led to this action. Fireworks are scheduled for 10:00 pm. Donations accepted. Rain date: Saturday, June 29, 2013.



June 29 Commemorative Postal Cancellations


Historic Wrightsville Museum (309 Locust Street, Wrightsville) AND

Columbia Historic Preservation Society (19-21 N Second Street, Columbia)

Bring an envelope or post card with the appropriate postage affixed to receive a commemorative cancellation.  Stop by both locations to get both versions.

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Columbia, Marietta & Wrightsville
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Phone: (717) 684-2489
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