Ride along the same route that carried President Lincoln from Washington, DC to Gettysburg, PA, where he delivered one of the greatest speeches in American History!


2 West Main Street New Freedom, PA 17349

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Summer Speaker Series 2019

Summer Speaker Series

The History of the NCRR by Barry Larkin
Jun 5, 2019

Barry Larkin will be speaking about the History of the Northern Central Rail Road.  He will explain how and why it got started.  How did they choose the route that it traveled?  How long have the trains been running?  What happened during the Civil War?  What is the railroad used for today?

The History of New Freedom
Jun 12, 2019

The New Freedom Heritage Museum will be speaking about the History of New Freedom.

 Multiple Award -Winning Civil War Author Scott Mingus
Jun 19, 2019
Scott Mingus will present  on “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War: The Story Behind Steam into History”.

The Northern Central Railway between Harrisburg, PA, and Baltimore, MD, was a major supply route for the Union army during the Civil War, as well as a leading commercial and passenger line for the populace of central Pennsylvania. Feeder lines ran from Reading and other towns to Columbia, where a spur connected with the main line at York. Another connecting line ran west from Hanover Junction through Hanover to Gettysburg. Author Scott Mingus will discuss the role of the railroad to the war effort and Confederate efforts to destroy its infrastructure, as well as describing Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg on the Northern Central to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

The History of Summit Grove by Author Donna Peace
Jun 26, 2019
Donna Joy Peace is a first time historical writer. She was a history major at St. Paul Bible College in Minnesota. A pastors wife for over 40 years, she is married to Dr. Earl Wesley Peace and has 4 children and 14 grandchildren. She and her husband now live full -time at Summit Grove in New freedom, PA.

“Providence” is a book about the history of southern York County as seen through the lens of an old Methodist Campground.  It covers over 200 years of history.  Some of the interesting subjects included in the book are:  the Underground Railroad, the Civil War years, Circuit Riding Preachers, the North Central Railway, etc…

“Providence” tells about how Summit Grove Campground in New Freedom changed the culture of the area back in the day and continues even now to influence millions of people around the world.

This is a free event, Summer Speaker Series will be presented in the gift shop at 2 W. Main Street in New Freedom, PA from 10:00 to 11:00.
Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Please email Jenna at Jvaught@steamintohistory.com or call 717-942-2370 x100.  Donations are always appreciated.
This is not a train excursion.