John Coyle inspects plants as they arrive.
Craighead House hosted its first annual perennials exchange at 1:30 p.m Saturday, April 25. Each participant brought one to five (most brought five) perennials individually packaged in pots or bags and exchanged them for plants brought by someone else through a lottery. A good time was had by all. The weather even cooperated.
A talk on falconry will be given at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12 at Craighead House by Fran Gray of the Pennsylvania Falconry & Hawk Trust. Rain date is September 13. Mr. Gray will bring a Harris hawk and, if luck is with us a kestrel and a red-tailed hawk. Open to the public. Bring your lawnchair. Free.
Upcoming talks open to the public about the Craighead Naturalists being given elsewhere in Central Pennsylvania are:
July 9 at 11:30 a.m. for Smart Seniors at Cumberland Crossings.
July 12 @ 2:00 p.m. at Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace
September 22 @10:30 a.m. for IRT in Science Building at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA.
October 8 at 7:00 p.m. for South Mountain Partnership meeting held at Cumberland County Historical Society.
As additional talks are scheduled, they will be listed here and on Facebook.
Twig George, daughter of Jean Craighead George, will give a talk at Craighead House at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 at Craighead House. An author in her own right, Twig and her brother recently put one of their mother’s last books into print. Twig surely has some great stories to tell.
Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
The dedication of the PHMC Historical Marker on June 14 came off beautifully. Not counting fishermen, 70 people were in attendance. A photo album of the event has been posted on our Facebook page and The Sentinel site also has a series of photos they took.
Historical Marker to Be Dedicated
Craighead House is hosting the dedication of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Historical Marker honoring the Craighead Family at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at Craighead House, 318 E Old York Road in South Middleton Township. An example of a PHMC Historical Marker, the one on Front Street in Boiling Springs honoring abolitionist Daniel Kafman, is shown above.
The public is invited.
Take Trindle Road toward Carlisle to the intersection with Route 174. Turn left on 174 heading toward Churchtown and Boiling Springs. Go through Boiling Springs and continue for two to three miles. You’ll be getting close when you pass Petersburg Road and almost there when you see Bonnybrook Road on the right. You’ll soon see an old white-brick house on the right and a metal shed on the left. Ahead you’ll see a line of brush on both sides of the road where the railroad tracks used to be. Park next to the railroad right-of-way on either side of the road. The house is on the left. We expect to have fire police helping people park.
Take the Hanover Street (Route 34) exit heading south toward Mt. Holly Springs. Proceed a few miles to the light at Route 174. Turn left and proceed past the (now condemned) iron bridge on the right. Craighead House is the 3rd house on the right after the bridge. Park just past the house in the area next to the railroad right-of-way on either side of the road.
Take the South Hanover Street (Route 34) toward Mt. Holly Springs. Proceed a few miles past Home Depot to the light at Route 174. Turn left and proceed past the (now condemned) iron bridge on the right. Craighead House is the 3rd house on the right after the bridge. Park just past the house in the area next to the railroad right-of-way on either side of the road.
VFW Memorial Post 8851 and Boiling Springs Civic Association have both donatedtoward the substantial cost of the marker but we are still about $1,000 short. Any gift, no matter how small, would be most appreciated.