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Annual Boonesborough Days Festival and South Mountain Living History Weekend

Annual Boonesborough Days Festival and South Mountain Living History Weekend

(Boonsboro, MD): The 38th annual Boonesborough Days Festival and Craft Show is scheduled for the weekend of September 12th and 13th in Boonsboro's Shafer Park. The event features more than 150 arts, crafts, and food vendors, and will take place Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, rain or shine.
Nearby South Mountain State Battlefield is holding a special Living History Weekend September 12th and 13th. Civil War living historians will present demonstrations and talks to illustrate the life of soldiers and civilians. Programs are scheduled throughout the weekend at Washington Monument State Park to commemorate the 147th anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain, which took place September 14, 1862, just prior to the Battle of Antietam.
Local artists showcase their talents at Boonesborough Days in various media with area landscapes, still life and other art works. Historic demonstrations will include colonial candle making as well as the age-old skills of blacksmithing, chair caning, basket weaving, broom, soap and pottery making, and a display of artifacts and relic collections. Antique vendors will have a variety of quality collectibles, postcards, glassware and other memorabilia. Activities for children include pony rides and the Shafer Park playground.
On Saturday, a strolling banjo man and Flights' End Raptors will provide entertainment. Sunday's activities include an antique car show and community worship service.
The National Road Heritage Foundation will dedicate the restored Boonsboro Trolley Station on Main Street during a special ceremony at 6pm on Saturday. The Boonsboro trolley station was the last to operate in Washington County, and served Boonsboro from 1902 until 1938. Now the station is a living history center and is moving forward as an attraction for Boonsboro.
Free parking for Boonesborough Days is located at the Boonsboro school complex. Complimentary trolley service is available to shuttle visitors between the school complex and Shafer Park.
Boonesborough Days is organized by the Boonsboro Historical Society and sponsored in part by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Proceeds from the festival are the Society's main source for maintaining the Bowman House on Main Street and providing donations throughout the community. For more information about this annual event visit marylandmemories.org/boonsborodays. The web site was created and donated by the CVB.
The new web site outlines the significant Civil War history of Boonsboro, including details of the Maryland Campaign of 1862, and also the retreat from Gettysburg in 1863. Boonsboro witnessed armed conflict, including a battle with 6,000 casualties, during the Civil War.
For additional information about South Mountain State Battlefield go to www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/southmountain.html.
To learn more about Washington County, visit the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.marylandmemories.com. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (www.heartofthecivilwar.org), and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (hallowedground.org). Washington County is also part of the Quad-State Tourism Coalition, a four-state tourism group along I-81. For more information, see: www.quadstate81.com.

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