Hunter House visitors step back centuries
SUNBURY - A History Day was held Saturday at the Hunter House, the site of Fort Augusta, along Front Street.
The second annual event featured demonstrators of various historical periods from the French and Indian War to World War II.
Among those demonstrators was Chaplain Paul Herring, who portrayed James Frederick Calkins, of Wellsboro, a chaplain from the 149th PA Volunteer Infantry of the Civil War.
Herring, of Carlisle, said around 3,000 chaplains served both the Confederate States of America and the Union. Herring began impersonating Calkins in honor of his son, Mark, of Elysburg, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 53. His son was a member of the Son's of Union Veterans.
Other highlights of the event included a period blacksmith shop operated by Harold English, of Danville, and a demonstration of 18th century military and civilian life by members of the Augusta Regiment.