The town of Sharpsburg is celebrating its 250th anniversary with a day of free activities, including historical tours, a C&O Canal bean soup lunch, an ice cream social and the unveiling of a sign for the town spring that founder Joseph Chapline designed the town around.
The events will be Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., two days before the town’s actual 250th anniversary, said Vernell Doyle, president of the Sharpsburg Historical Society.
The historical society, the town, the C&O Canal Association and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau are co-sponsoring the day’s activities.
Captain Bender’s Tavern is donating the C&O Canal bean soup, Nutter’s Ice Cream is donating the ice cream and the Sharpsburg Lions Club is donating pies and cakes for the social, Doyle said.
Almost 50 of Chapline’s descendants will be in town for the day, with many expected to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Chapline family plot at Mountain View Cemetery at 11:30 a.m., Doyle said.
Historical society members will be at the Sharpsburg Library in Town Hall to record the history of local and returning town residents, Doyle said.
The information will be kept at the historical society’s family resource center in Town Hall to help people research their family histories, Doyle said.
A history display at the library will include the 1757 muster role for the French and Indian War militia unit led by Capt. Joseph Chapline, Doyle said.
The Rohrersville Band will premiere “Chapline’s Strut,” a piece recently composed for fifes and drums by Baltimore resident Deirdre Barone, Doyle said. The piece has been rearranged for the band.
The day will include several fundraising opportunities that will benefit the historical society.
Those include the sale of the Chapline biography, “Searching for Joseph Chapline: Maryland Frontiersman and Founder of Sharpsburg, Maryland.” Historical society member Ed Beeler co-wrote the book with Michael J. Chapline, a descendant of Joseph Chapline. The biography costs $10.
The following is Sunday’s schedule of events as the town of Sharpsburg celebrates its 250th anniversary:
• Register for bus and walking tours at the information tent at the corner of Main and Mechanic streets. Raffle tickets and walking tour books will be available for purchase and people may sign up to bid silently for the Big Spring birdhouse handcrafted by Robert Gallienne. Birdhouse auction closes at 4:15 p.m.
• Wreath-laying ceremony at the Chapline family plot, Mountain View Cemetery, Shepherdstown Pike, east of town across the street from Antietam National Cemetery.
• Unveiling of a sign for the Big Spring, Big Spring Alley behind Town Hall.
1 to 2:30 p.m.
• Lunch, featuring Captain Bender’s Tavern’s C&O Canal bean soup, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St.
1 to 4 p.m.
• Launch of Chapline biography book at Sharpsburg Library in Town Hall.
• Library history program and displays at Sharpsburg Library
• Family resource registration at Sharpsburg Library and Town Hall
• Sharpsburg Historical Society display at society headquarters in Town Hall
• Community quilt at Town Hall
• Tolson’s Chapel open house at 111 E. High St.
• Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum at Antietam Station open house, 17230 Shepherdstown Pike, west of town.
• Guided walking tours. Meet at the information tent. There will be a ghost tour and one about the town after the Battle of Antietam.
2:30 to 4 p.m.
• Bus tour with Paula Reed to Snyder’s Landing and Lock 38. Reed has researched many historical properties in Washington County.
3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
• Organ and trumpet music and church histories, Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 117 W. Main St.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
• Ice cream social and raffle drawing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
5 to 6 p.m.
• Rohrersville Band Concert at the St. Paul’s church lawn
• The town’s three churches will ring their church bells 10 times, with each strike representing 25 years of the town’s history.