November 28, 2023 Blog

We have a few exciting events coming up in the near future. Make sure to buy your tickets and mark your calendars!

Lantern Cemetery Tour

December 2 and 3, 6 p.m.

The Foundation’s own Bonnie Zampino will lead a lantern tour of Cedar Hill and Pine Grove Cemeteries. Cedar Hill is the historic African-American cemetery that serves as a final resting

place for former slaves, military veterans, and Storer College teachers and students. Its history reaches back to 1869 when the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (later John Wesley M.E. Church) purchased the land from the Federal Armory.  Pine Grove Cemetery is an almost unknown six-acre burial ground dating to 1850. Through the years it may have served as a potters’ field and as a final resting place for victims of a cholera epidemic. Although burial records were destroyed by fire years ago, ground-penetrating radar has identified at least 30 graves.

This is a tour you do not want to miss, so hopefully one of these evenings will work for you! Tickets are $15 and may be purchased for both dates here. Tour participants will meet at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

 

Holiday Tour of Historic Homes

December 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit by visiting five historic homes and inns in Harpers Ferry all decked out for the holidays, including one historically significant home that has never been on the tour. During the second Saturday of Harpers Ferry’s annual Olde Tyme Christmas celebration, hosts will share the history of their special homes, along with holiday refreshments.

Tickets are $20, and proceeds will support rehabilitation of the historic African-American First Zion Baptist Church– an important piece of Harpers Ferry architecture and history. Purchase your tickets now!

Friendship Fire Company’s Annual Christmas Parade

December 9, 4 p.m.

The holiday parade is an annual Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Olde Tyme Christmas tradition, but this year is the Foundation’s inaugural year participating with float! A few of our Foundation members are working like North Pole elves to put together an elaborate and festive creation that may also include treats for parade-goers. Join us along Washington Street for a fun and merry time!

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We hope you can join us for these events! It is also at this time of year that we feel especially grateful for the support this Foundation receives and the dynamic community it serves. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

Written by Rachel Meyer