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Thursday, January 4, 2018

3 Historical Markers at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park in Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Fort Hunter Mansion and Park is located on Front Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful riverfront park that sits right along the Susquehanna River. Visiting the park is FREE. It's open daily, year-round. You'll find two large parking lots with regular and handicap parking spaces.

A few months ago we visited Fort Hunter Mansion and Park and blogged extensively about our visit. You can find our original Fort Hunter Mansion and Park feature right here on our blog. It's one of the nicest, family-friendly parks that you can visit in the Harrisburg metro area.

Today's post is all about the 3 Historical Markers that we located while on a recent visit to the park. For the past few years we've been documenting the historical markers that we find while traveling, especially when we travel around Pennsylvania. These markers are a great source of information about our past. They're often over-looked and ignored by those who pass them by.
Fort Hunter Historical Marker in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Historical Marker: Fort Hunter

Stockaded blockhouse, built 1755-56, on site of present Fort Hunter Museum. Used to protect the frontier and as a supply base in building Fort Augusta. Abandoned and fell into ruins after 1763.

We found this marker right near the main entrance that leads to the parking lot in from of Fort Hunter Mansion.
Simon Girty Historical Marker in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Historical Marker: Simon Girty (1741–1818).

Frontiersman known as the “Great Renegade” was born nearby. Captured by Indians, 1756, he lived among the Senecas and learned their language and culture. Following his release, he became an interpreter for the American army; deserted in 1778. Afterwards he led British and Native American war parties against frontier settlements. Hostile to the U.S. in War of 1812. Regarded as a loyalists by some and a “white savage” by others, he remains controversial. He died in Canada.

This historical marker is located in Fort Hunter Park and not far from the first one.
Rockville Bridge Historical Marker in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Historical Marker: Rockville Bridge

The longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world, visible to the south, was built between 1900 and 1902. Named for the surrounding small settlement, it has forty-eight arches and a length of 3,820 feet. It is the third bridge constructed here by the Pennsylvania Railroad. A wooden structure had been built 1847 through 1849, followed by an iron bridge in 1877.

This historical marker is also located on the park grounds. You'll want to walk along the Susquehanna River towards the bridge and you'll see the marker on the right side.

We drive by the Fort Hunter Mansion and Park and often times we see artistic painters out on the ground of the park with easels painting the Rockville Bridge. It's one of the most famous stone bridges in the world. You can get some great views of the bridge from both sides of the Susquehanna River if you would like to photograph it. The picture above was taken while standing in Fort Hunter Mansion and Park.

We enjoy hunting down historical markers and documenting the ones that we see. We'll often take photographs of them, document their locations and once we're back home...we'll do some research on the marker to learn more about it. It's a great way to learn about new or often forgotten history. You can find more documented historical markers on our BLOG and over on our PINTEREST board.

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