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Cumberland Township 270th Anniversary Celebration

As we celebrate 270 years in Cumberland Township, we will bring the Colonial Era and history to life at the Mary Penn Bed & Breakfast, a 200 + acre farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with living history camps and three battle reenactments on June 1. 

The French and Indian War, which took place between 1756 and 1763, touched the lives of the colonists who settled in this region and the Native Americans whose lands were being occupied by the French and British immigrants. The Seven Years War, as it is known in Europe, was in fact the first global war, the first world war and a war that helped to sow the seeds of unrest and desire for freedom from Britain that would culminate in the American Revolutionary War.

The Mary Penn Bed & Breakfast has a unique link to this time frame. When the Mason and Dixon survey party completed their survey of this land 254 years ago, the home that is now the bed and breakfast was divided by the Mason and Dixon line. Visitors will be able to visit with reenactors portraying Mason and Dixon during this event and attend a ceremony of the uncovering of a plaque honoring two stones number 76 and 77 which are now on the National Register of Historic Places. The unveiling ceremony for the historic mile markers will begin at 1pm. There will also be hay rides to the original markers placed by Mason and Dixon - one stone is within easy walking distance of the event. Numerous exhibits, demonstrations and talks will be ongoing throughout the day including colonial children’s face painting, hayrides, cider and wine tastings, period vendors and food vendors. This event has attracted French and Indian War reenactors from beyond Pennsylvania's borders. Reenactors from New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland will set up camp Friday, May 31. 

Come step back in time to the 1750s! Take a stroll through English, French and Native American camps and witness a raid by a French and Native War Party. There will be battle demonstrations at 10am, Noon and 3pm and ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. Come immerse yourself in the French and Indian War on the Pennsylvania Frontier!" A local tavern will be offering an educational experience about whiskeys of the region as well as demonstrations of skills needed for everyday life. 

On June 3, discover the history of Cumberland Township with a presentation by historian, John Rudy at the Brethren Church located at 1710 Biglerville Road in Gettysburg. This event will take place at 7pm.

Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to use during battle reenactments. The event is presented by the Cumberland Township Historical Society and the Adams County Historical Society. To learn more, visit

Upcoming Event Dates

  • JUN 1
  • JUN 3

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