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HHRVB unveils Civil War Story Stops as part of PA's New Civil War Trail

Published: Jun 24, 2009

Seven locations throughout city tell untold tales of war in Harrisburg area

Harrisburg, PA (June 24, 2009) – Mary Smith, President of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau today unveiled one of seven new Civil War Story Stops located throughout the City of Harrisburg along with the announcement of a new Civil War Road Trip Itinerary for travelers now available on the bureau Web site HersheyHarrisburg.org.

The unveiling of the Story Stop signs took place on the lawn of the John Harris-Cameron Mansion, one of the stops located on Front Street, with historic actors portraying real characters from the Civil War and partners in the program including: the PA Tourism Office, the PA Historical and Museum Commission, the Dauphin County Historical Society, and the City of Harrisburg.

The Civil War Story Stops, located at historically significant locations throughout Harrisburg, tell the story of the Civil War from a northern state’s perspective and share the experiences of not only the soldiers, but the brave men, women and children participants who did not wear a uniform.

In addition to the John Harris-Cameron Mansion, the other Story Stops in Harrisburg include:

  • Threatened Invasion of Harrisburg – at Riverfront Park at Walnut Street
  • Thomas Morris Chester – at Third and Market Streets
  • The Ladies of Harrisburg During the Civil War – at Camp Curtin
  • Market Square During the Civil War – at Market Square
  • Harrisburg Cemetery – at N. 13th and Liberty Street
  • Harrisburg: Crossroads of the Union – at the Train Station

Smith outlined the Bureau’s new 3-5 day Civil War Road Trip sample itinerary developed to promote the new Story Stops in Harrisburg and to encourage visitors to the area to experience the new Civil War Trails launched by the PA Tourism Office in Chambersburg on April 28.

The itinerary includes unique locations and local attractions surrounding each Story Stop in Harrisburg, creating a complete day of activities for families, school groups, and Civil War enthusiasts. The itinerary also includes optional day trip suggestions for surrounding towns and villages along the Civil War Trails.

“The American Civil War continues to be a strong tourism draw,” Smith said. “This new PA Civil War Trail now gives us a prime platform to promote the often unknown stories from this region and allows us to highlight significant roles that Pennsylvania’s Capital City of Harrisburg played in this war that changed the future of this nation.”

The seven stops launched in Harrisburg today are a part of the 40 Story Stops located throughout the Dutch Country Roads Region of Pennsylvania, including Carlisle, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, York, and Lancaster.

“The Pennsylvania Civil War Trails program educates people about the women and children under siege; African-American contributions in the defense of the state; and the endurance of ordinary citizens during a time of great unrest,” said guest speaker Lenwood Sloan, Director of Heritage and Cultural Tourism for the PA Tourism Office.

“By following the trails throughout Harrisburg and the Dutch Country Roads region, visitors will finally get to hear the stories that have been passed on from generation to generation,” said another guest speaker, Howard Pollman, Director of Marketing for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “In addition to a greater understanding of the effect the Civil War had on the citizens of Harrisburg, visitors will see a different side of the this community which many may have never realized was embroiled in the conflict.”

In addition to the Bureau’s Road Trip and the Story Stop signs, a brochure, which is available at the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau located at 17 South Second Street and at state’s Welcome Centers, includes additional stories and a map to guide visitors along the trail route.

For more information, visit visitPA.com/civilwar and view the new Civil War Road Trip Itinerary at HersheyHarrisburg.org.

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110