Monday, September 17, 2012

Covered Bridges and the Civil War

                                Can you remember when Chester Creek in Aston looked like this?
                                                  MIDDLETOWN MONDAYS
                            A Lecture Series in Celebration of the 325th Anniversary of the Township
   The covered bridge is an important historic structure in Pennsylvania.  The state leads the nation with a total of 197 remaining intact today, unfortunately that number was 227 in 1982 and 271 in 1972.  It has been estimated that there were at least 1500 covered bridges in PA during the height of the covered bridge period 1830-1880.  The first covered bridge in America was built over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia in 1800.  The creeks of Delaware County were once crossed by dozens of covered bridges, sadly only one, Bartram's, remains today over Crumb Creek in Newtown Township.

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
at Ridley Creek State Park    
Civil War Battle & Camp
The South is invading Pennsylvania again. The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will be hosting a Federal and Confederate battle and camp on September 22nd & 23rd. Witness firearm demonstrations, drills, a burial squad, use of herbs in the 1860s and camp life. There will be period fashions and displays of civilian life. Battles will take place on Saturday at 12 and 4. Sunday's battle will be at 2. Watch the North try to defend the farm against the invading forces from old Dixie.

No visitors are permitted to enter after battle has begun.

Particpating Units
4th Texas, Company B "The Tom Green Rifles" (host unit)
12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry "Company K" (host unit)
Salem Flying Artillery
Bell's Rifles
10th Virginia
Louisanna Zouaves
Members of the Mifflin Guard
Civil War Heritage Foundation
Spanglers Mercantile - Sutler
J. Arthur Moore - Author " Up from Corinth" (Saturday only)
The Stitching Dutchman, & Co - Sutler
Traveling Tintypist
Admission: $12 for adults & $8 for children
(children under 4 are free!)

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