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2019 Colonial Fort Halifax Festival

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Experience early American history at the Colonial Fort Halifax Festival on May 3-4, 2019 at the Fort Halifax Park in Halifax, Pennsylvania next to the beautiful Susquehanna River. We have French and Indian War period re-enactments, encampments, speakers, Native Americans, early American games, blacksmithing, weaving, entertainment by the Central York Middle School Fife and Drum Corps, and so much more! Friday is ‘Education Day’ for students; Saturday is the public day.

Colonial Fort Halifax Festival

Travel back in time to the year 1756. March alongside Colonel William Clapham’s 3rd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment as they travel north along the Susquehanna River to establish the “go-between post” or fort to become known as Fort Halifax. Witness through the talents and precision of the many reenactors; British, Native and French, as they articulately present the story of Fort Halifax and its importance to the building and sustaining of Fort Augusta.

The Colonial Fort Halifax Festival is hosted by Friends of Fort Halifax Park, Inc. This annual event focuses on Colonial America of the 1700s during French and Indian War times. Experience Battle Reenactments, Central York MS Fife and Drum Corp performances, The State Museum of PA Archaeology displays, Hay Ride tours, Children’s Activities and Games, Encampments where you can talk to living historians, Food Vendors, Art and Craft Vendors, and we are adding more every day! Don’t miss this event at scenic Fort Halifax Park on the shore of the Susquehanna River!

Public Welcome – Free Admission

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fort Halifax Park
570 North River Road (SR 147)
Halifax, PA 17032

For More Information: Email
Volunteer Coordinator; Norma Shearer 717-896-8510

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Colonial Fort Halifax Festival Education Day (Friday):
Reaching young people in the community is an important component of The
Friends of Fort Halifax, Inc. Mission. The Colonial Fort Halifax Festival, including Education Day, is vital to giving young people a living history lesson that teaches them what early American life was like in their hometown, the impact Fort Halifax had during the French and Indian War, its significance to the surrounding areas, and its importance to the American Colonies, Pennsylvania, and the Nation. It is an important event for young people, helping them understand, visually imagine, experience, and appreciate this local treasure and the history it represents!

In conjunction with Halifax School District, fifth grade students and teachers arrive at Fort Halifax Park for Education Day (traditionally the first Friday/weekend of May). Students are treated to a fifth grade curriculum based living history lesson in colonial life by historians and re-enactors dressed in period attire who have volunteered to serve as docents (guide) for the day.

Period representations, speakers, exhibits, and demonstrations typically include: Blacksmith, Bladesmith, Horn Carver, Pennsylvania Provincial officers and recruits, Fort Augusta Regimental officers and soldiers, Camp followers, Native Americans, and French Milice (Militia). Frontier living activities include: hunting, trapping, weaving, carpentry, and early American games.

Pets must be kept on a leash and picked up after.

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the Colonial Fort Halifax Festival on the first Saturday of May at the Fort Halifax Park in Halifax, Pennsylvania.

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