Schedule for Fort Augusta Day
The Northumberland County Historical Society invites the public to visit Hunter House Saturday, tour the new model of Fort Augusta and help celebrate Fort Augusta Day, which marks the anniversary of the beginning of the fort's construction.
It will be 258 years to the day since a force of 400 Pennsylvania soldiers marched up the Susquehanna River from present-day Harrisburg and began building Fort Augusta on the site of an Indian town called Shamokin. The French and Indian War was well under way, and Pennsylvania's colonial leaders believed the fort was necessary to keep the French from invading the Susquehanna Valley.
All Fort Augusta Day activities will be free and will take place out of doors on the grounds of Hunter House, which occupies the site of the old fort. Hunter House serves as the headquarters of the historical society. The address: 1150 N. Front St., Sunbury. In case of rain, all events will take place in a large tent.
9:45 a.m. - Trolley leaves Beiter's Home Center, North Fourth Street Plaza, for Hunter House
(The trolley to leave Beiter's parking lot at a quarter till the hour and a quarter after the hour. Return trips from Hunter House will leave on the hour and half hour.)
10:15 a.m. - Flag raising by the Augusta Regiment
10:30 a.m. - Demonstration of 18th century military drum calls by Brad Becker
11 a.m. - "Frontier Voices, the Story of Fort Augusta."
11:45 a.m. - Introduction of descendants of soldiers and others with ties to Fort Augusta
12:15 p.m. - Performance by the society's dance troupe
1 p.m. - Concert by the Sunbury City Band
2 p.m. - Cutting of the Fort Augusta Day cake
2:30 p.m. - Reading of a poem about Shikellamy, to be read by a Purdy descendent
3 p.m. - Demonstration of 18th century military drum calls by Brad Becker
3:30 p.m. - Closing ceremony by the Augusta Regiment
4:15 p.m. - Last trolley leaves Hunter House for Beiter's Home Center, North Fourth Street Plaza