Boonesborough Days Set for Sept. 6 and 7

Boonesborough Days Set for Sept. 6 and 7, CVB Creates Brochure and Web Site
Free Trolley Rides Being Offered to State Parks

(Hagerstown, MD)- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has partnered with the Town of Boonsboro and the South Mountain Battlefield State Park, in helping promote the 37th Annual "Boonesborough Days" set for Sep. 6th and 7th, 9am to 5pm each day.
A brochure was produced by the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB which explains the details of the 1862 Battle of South Mountain, the History of the Town of Boonsboro, information about the National Road Heritage Foundation, and also a complete schedule of events during the two-day festival. The brochure was designed by PM2 Studios. Thousands are being distributed throughout the region to Maryland Welcome Centers, hotels, restaurants, stores, and businesses. The brochure is also available at Boonsboro's Town Hall, and the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center.
Additionally, a web site has been created from the brochure, and has already been receiving a significant number of visitors. Linked off the CVB's web site's front page, the on-line version of the brochure can also be found here: www.marylandmemories.org/boonsborodays.
Free trolley rides, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, are running from Shafer Park to Washington Monument State Park, and historians will present information about the significance of the Civil War battle. Civil War living historians will present demonstrations and discuss the life of the soldiers and civilians during this tumultuous period in our history. The programs are being presented at Washington Monument State Park with demonstrations being presented in artillery firing and infantry tactics. A tour of Confederate positions, and also a discussion about the Civilian Conservation Corps' efforts at restoring the Washington Monument will take place. An audio program will be played for passengers on the trolleys. The audio program includes a gripping account of the Battle of South Mountain, fought on September 14, 1862.
Tom Riford, President and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, "This is a great opportunity for the CVB to partner with the Town of Boonsboro and with the Maryland State Park Service, and to help introduce people to Washington Monument State Park and the South Mountain Battlefield State Park. Boonesborough Days is one of the oldest, and most successful community-wide events in Maryland, and we're very pleased to help with this effort." Riford said ever since the February 22nd devastating fire in Boonsboro, "Work has been ongoing almost non-stop to get ready for another successful Boonesborough Days."
The Federal City Brass Band will perform a benefit concert for the preservation and interpretation of the South Mountain State Battlefield on Saturday, September 6, at 4pm in the town park in Boonsboro. The Band recreates the sound and appearance of a U.S. Army regimental brass band of the 1860s. Its members are professional musicians, music educators, historians and re-enactors, and are among the finest players in the Civil War music field today. While there is no charge for admission, guests will be given the opportunity to make a donation. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is helping sponsor the event.
According to organizers, people families will enjoy devouring home-made ice cream, apple dumplings, barbecued chicken, funnel cakes, and country ham sandwiches. As always, vendors will offer a variety of hand-crafted items for sale. There will be a community church service on Sunday morning, and plan to take a step back in time relishing the nostalgia of antique cars during that afternoon.
The Boonsboro Historical Society will feature more than 150 early American arts, crafts, antiques and food vendors. Rain or shine, the event will be held September 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. to 5pm in Boonsboro's Shafer Park. Proceeds from Boonesborough Days are the Society's main source for maintaining the Bowman House and providing donations throughout the community. Pony rides will be available. Local artists, working in various media, will showcase their talents in area landscapes, caricatures, architecture, still life, and other art works. Antique vendors will have a variety of quality collectibles, rare books, postcards, vintage linens, glassware and other memorabilia.
For more information about the South Mountain Battlefield State Park, and to learn about the Sep. 14, 1862 battle, see: www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southmtbattle.html. For more information about Boonsboro, see: www.boonsboromd.govoffice2.com. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com.
Boonsboro, Maryland has several attractions, including:
BOONSBOROUGH MUSEUM OF HISTORY
See a collection of historical objects spanning 5,000 years; displays of china, glassware, weapons and ancient artifacts; and Civil War relics from area battlefields.
BOWMAN HOUSE
The Bowman House, built by Jacob Powles, is typical of log houses built in Western Maryland during the first half of the 19th century. In 1868, John Bowman purchased the log house in 1868 to house his growing pottery business.
Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe
Nora Roberts' successful bookstore on Boonsboro's Main Street, specializes in books by world-renown Nora Roberts, and also Civil War books, mysteries, science fiction, and romance.