Special Events 2018

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Date: May 4, 2018
Contact: Nissa Fink, 301-662-3515

Stitches in Time | Free
May 19 – December 15, monthly on the third Saturday of each month, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Thomas House


Do you enjoy knitting or crochet, or have you ever wanted to learn?  Well, grab your knitting/crochet supplies and head to the historic Thomas House for a morning of crafting, creativity and comradery. Work on your own project or something that may be donated to a local charity.  Limited knitting/crocheting supplies will be available to borrow on a first-come-first-serve basis.
 
Meet the Authors | Free
May 12, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Thomas Barn
 
Monocacy National Battlefield in partnership with the Monocacy National Battlefield Foundation and Eastern National, are excited to bring you a unique opportunity to meet authors and experts on the Battle of Monocacy and other local history.  This event will include a panel discussion with notable authors, followed by a presentation from keynote speaker Edwin Bearss, former Chief Historian of the National Park Service.  Books will be available for purchase and autograph.
 
Historic House Tours | Free
May 19 | Best House (Tour Stop #1) | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
             | Worthington House (Tour Stop #3) | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
             | Thomas House (Tour Stop #4) | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Each historic farm at Monocacy National Battlefield has a unique history.  Get a rare peek inside these historic houses, learn about those who lived there, free and enslaved alike, and how years of war shaped their lives.  Each tour is limited to twenty people – reservations are required for each tour. Registration begins April 21, 2018. To register, please contact Rangers Tracy Evans or Brian Dankmeyer at 301-662-3515. 
 
Last Full Measure of Devotion | Free
May 26, Flag Installation – 9:00 am – 11:45 am | Ranger Programs – 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm | Visitor Center
May 27, Ranger Programs – 11:00 am1:30 pm3:00 pm | Visitor Center
May 28, Ranger Programs – 11:00 am3:00 pm | Visitor Center
 
Over Memorial Day weekend, Monocacy National Battlefield will honor the casualties of the Battle of Monocacy by installing 2,200 historic flags. Individuals, groups, or families interested in assisting with the installation of flags should be present to volunteer on May 26 from 9:00 am – 11:45 am.  Ranger programs specific to Memorial Day will be presented.
 
Twilight Hikes | Free
May 29, 7:00 pm | Gambrill Mill
June 30, 7:00 pm | Gambrill Mill
July 28, 7:00 pm | Gambrill Mill
August 25, 6:00 pm | Gambrill Mill
September 29, 6:00 pm | Gambrill Mill
October 27, 5:00 pm | Gambrill Mill
 
Prowl around the park with a ranger at twilight and search the trails for wildlife.  Each hiking program will meet at the Gambrill Mill.  Allow up to two hours for each hike.  Closed-toed shoes and proper attire based on the weather are recommended along with drinking water and bug spray for added comfort and protection. Registration begins May 1, 2018. To register please contact Rangers Georgia Etter or Matt Borders at 301-662-3515.
 
Artillery Day | Free
June 9, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Visitor Center
September 8, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Visitor Center
 
The thunderous roar of field artillery returns to Monocacy National Battlefield for a day of demonstration and living history.  Experience a unique soundscape and learn what it may have been like to serve in the artillery during the Civil War.  Artillery firing demonstration will take place at 10:00 am11:00 am12:00 pm1:00 pm2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
 

154th Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy | Free
July 7 – 8, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm | Visitor Center | Living History
 
Join the park as we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy with military and civilian living history encampments.  There will be hands-on activities for kids of all ages.  Learn about the battle through our orientation talks at 9:30 am11:30 am, and 2:30 pm.  Gain an understanding of historic small arms and light field artillery by attending firing demonstrations: Infantry at 10:00 am12:30 pm, & 3:00 pm and artillery at 10:30 am,1:00 pm, & 3:30 pm.
 
Battlefield Auto Tour (Caravan Style) | Free
July 9, 9:00 am – 11:30 am | Visitor Center
 
Transport your mind 154 years back in time to the day of the Battle of Monocacy as rangers provide an in-depth tour of the battlefield.  Hear the personal experiences of both soldiers and civilians on that blisteringly hot and violent day and walk in the footsteps of the men who fought valiantly to safeguard their homes and country.
 
Paddling Through the Past | $
July 21, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Pinecliff Park to Buckeystown Park
 
Canoe/Kayak Tour – Monocacy National Battlefield has teamed up with Frederick County Parks and Recreation to provide a battlefield tour from a different perspective – the Monocacy River.  No experience necessary, however, reservations are required.  Participants typically meet at Buckeystown Park and ride a shuttle to Pinecliff Park.  For more information, pricing, or to register for this adventure, please visit https://www.recreater.com.
 
Infantry Day | Free
August 11, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Visitor Center
October 13, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Visitor Center
 
The rattling of musketry returns to Monocacy National Battlefield for a day of demonstrations and living history.  Experience a unique soundscape and learn what it may have been like to serve in the infantry during the Civil War.  Infantry firing demonstration will take place at 10:00 am11:00 am,12:00 pm1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
 
Founders Day | Free
August 25, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Visitor Center
 
#FindYourPark at Monocacy National Battlefield and join us in celebrating the National Park Service’s 102 years of serving the public.  Cupcakes will be provided for the first 102 visitors!  Join a ranger to learn more about the history of the National Park Service at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
 
Mystery & Myths of Lee’s Lost Orders | Free
September 9, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Visitor Center
 
Did you know General Robert E. Lee’s army camped on this battlefield before it was a battlefield? Learn about this, and the infamous “Lost Orders” of the 1862 Maryland Campaign, which resulted in the battles of South Mountain and Antietam.  Ranger programs at 10:00 am12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
 
National Public Lands Day Historic House Tours | Free
September 22, | Best House (Tour Stop #1) | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
                         | Worthington House (Tour Stop #3) | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
                         | Thomas House (Tour Stop #4) | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Each historic farm at Monocacy National Battlefield has a unique history.  Get a rare peek inside these historic houses, learn about those who lived there, free and enslaved alike, and how years of war shaped their lives.  Each tour is limited to twenty people – reservations are required for each tour. Registration begins July 21, 2018. To register, please contact Rangers Tracy Evans or Brian Dankmeyer at 301-662-3515.  Participants will receive a coupon for free entrance to any national public lands that have an entrance fee.

Museums by Candlelight | Free
December 8, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Gambrill House (Tour Stop #5)
 
Welcome the holidays by joining us for holiday music and kids crafts at the historic Gambrill House.  A limited number of historic house tours will be available every half hour from 12:30 pm to 4:30.  Each tour is limited to ten people – reservations are required for each tour.  Registration begins onNovember 1, 2018.  To register, please contact Rangers Tracy Evans or Brian Dankmeyer at 301-662-3515.
  
*All dates and times and are subject to change.
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Last updated: May 4, 2018

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