150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg: Events linked to Civil War in York County and beyond

File photo; Little Round Top in Gettysburg photographed in April.

File photo; Little Round Top in Gettysburg photographed in April.

Festivities to mark the 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg will get underway during the weeks, leading up to two re-enactment events in late June and early July. The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau has compiled a list of events surrounding the anniversary, and we’ve added out own. Check them out:

Gettysburg Community Theatre — The venue will mark the 150th with summer offerings related to the Civil War. The theater is at 49 York St., Gettysburg. “Children Of Gettysburg” runs select dates through July 3. “The Civil War” runs select dates through July 6. Tickets cost $11 to $15. For details and tickets, call 717-334-2692 or visit www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org.

York in the Gettysburg Campaign Walking Tour — It steps off 6 p.m. June 20 from Continental Square in York. Local author Scott Mingus will lead the tour and focus on the Confederate invasion of York during the 1863 Gettysburg campaign. Tickets cost $12. For details and tickets, call 717-849-2331 or visit downtownyorkpa.com/walkingtours.

“Gone with the Wind and Fire” — The exhibit runs June 21 to July 20 at Weavings, Ink. Art Gallery, 208 Hellam Street, Wrightsville. Several artist share their pieces inspired by the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge during the Civil War. There will be an opening reception 5 to 9 p.m. June 21 and a Fourth Friday reception 5 to 9 p.m. June 28. For details, call 717-252-3518 or visit weavingsink.blogspot.com.

American Civil War Ball — Don blue or gray attire to attend the dance 6:30 p.m. June 22 at the National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia. A Victorian dance ensemble will demonstrate and teach period dances. Drinks and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $30 per couple or $20 for individuals. For details and tickets, call 717-684-8261 or visit nawcc.org.

Steam Into History — The new attraction features a Civil War-era train that runs between New Freedom and Hanover Junction. Visitors will encounter re-enactors and characters from the Civil War. The grand opening celebration is slated for June 22. For details, visit www.steamintohistory.com.

Civil War Lecture Dinner Cruise — Sail the Susquehanna while enjoying a special menu and Civil War lecture from York County historian Scott Mingus, Sr., 6 to 8 p.m. June 22 on The Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat, which launches from City Island in Harrisburg. The cruise boards 15 minutes before its launch time. It’s for those 13 and older. Tickets cost $42. For details and tickets, call 717-234-6500 or visit harrisburgriverboat.com.

Shows at at the Majestic Theater — Director Ron Maxwell will host the world premiere of his new film “Copperhead” June 27 at the Majestic, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets. “Gettysburg” will play 7:30 p.m. July 3. Tickets are $6. “The Road from Appomattox,” a live stage show that imagines the meeting between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant on the day after Lee’s surrender, will play July 10 to 21. Adult tickets are $19.50. Tickets for kids 12 and younger are $9. For details and tickets, call 717-337-8200 or visit www.gettysburgmajestic.org.

Presentation on Raid of Hanover Junction — On June 27, 1863, the Hanover Junction Railroad Station was raided by Confederate forces of the 35th Battalion of Virginia Calvary led by Colonel E. V. White. Learn more during the free program, which is for teens and adults, 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 25 at Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover. For details, visit www.yorklibraries.org.

Prelude to Gettysburg: Flames Across the Susquehanna — Experience the American history display 7 to 11 p.m. June 28 on the grounds of John Wright Restaurant and Store, 234 N. Front St., Wrightsville. This event tells the story of the burning the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. There will be live music and fireworks. Donations of $2 per adult are appreciated. For details, call 717-252-0416 or visit www.johnwrightrestaurant.com.

Fiery Trial: York County’s Civil War Experience — The York County Heritage Trust’s newest exhibit opens to members June 28 and will be open for free to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 at 250 E. Market St., York. It will highlight local history during the Civil War with artifacts, documents and other items. Other discounted days include June 30 and July 4. Regular admission will apply other days. For hours, rates and details, call 717-848-1587 or visit www.yorkheritage.org.

Burning of the Bridge Paddle Tour — On June 29, Shank’s Mare will commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg with a 1 p.m. kayak tour that will follow the footprint of the Susquehanna River Bridge burned by the Union Army to stop the Confederates from crossing the river. Cost is $35 for members and $39 for nonmembers. Kayaks are available to rent for $35 to $40. For details, call 717-252-1616 or visit www.shanksmare.com.

The Battle of Hanover’s 150th anniversary — The 16th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and the Civil War Re-Enactors of Hanover will commemorate the battle Aug. 16 and 17 during a Civil War Living History Weekend at Codorus State Park near Hanover. It will include a blacksmith demonstration, medical demonstration, battle and candlelight walking tour. For details, visit www.hanoverreenactors.org.

Click here for more 150th events and coverage in Gettysburg. Click here for a link to Pennsylvania’s Civil War Trail in York County.

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