250 IN 2017
The 250th anniversary celebration of the end of the historic
Mason-Dixon Line survey
Oct. 13, 14, 15, 2017
Between Core, W.Va.
and Mount Morris, Pa.
As you walk in the footsteps of history,
you'll be able to enjoy many FREE activities:
- Historical re-enactors in the area of the park where Mason
and Dixon crossed Dunkard Creek for the third and final time
(see Star 2 on the map below).
- Colonial surveyors illustrating how Mason and Dixon did
their work. See the exact location where you can "cross The
- Hikes up Brown's Hill to the 1883 monument set where Mason
and Dixon placed their final marker, about 22 miles short of
their goal at the southwest corner of Pennsylvania.
- An arts and crafts show featuring quality handmade items.
The artists, selected by invitation only, are only from
Mason-Dixon states: Pennsylvania, West Virginia and
- A colorful quilt show in the park's historic log cabins.
- Speakers and presentations: Learn what the Mason-Dixon
Line is all about!
- Food and music.
- A Saturday evening public star party featuring members of
the Amateur Astronomers
Association of Pittsburgh and their telescopes. See
the stars that shone on Mason and Dixon.
- A reservation-only visit to the site where the Mason-Dixon
survey crossed the war path that inspired the Native
Americans to say they would not take "one step farther
westward." Details to come!
- Much more! Watch for updates!
Activities will be held at the "stars" on
the map below:
- Star 1: Parking, music, arts and craft show, quilt
show, food, public star party, speakers and presentations.
- Star 2: Historical area featuring
re-enactors and encampments, surveyors.
- Star 3: Historical area surrounding the
Adirondack shelter constructed by members of the Warrior
- Star 4: Historical area at the site of
Mason and Dixon's final marker in 1767: "We set up a Post
marked Won the West Side and heaped around it Earth and
Stone three yards and a half diameter at the Bottom and five
feet High. The figure nearly conical." Today, an 1883
resurvey stone set by Cephas H. Sinclair sits on this spot.
- Golf carts will be available to shuttle visitors from the
Star 1 to Star 2 areas. Only foot transportation will be
open to the trails going to Brown's Hill and the historic
Who will be coordinating the event?
- Coming soon: Watch for the list of the MD 250 in
2017 board of directors and advisory board. Pete Zapadka of
is board chairman and Betty Wiley of the Dunkard Creek
Watershed Association is vice chairwoman. Many community
members are in the mix.
Donations and funds are needed. Please
help if you can:
- MD 250 in 2017 is a FREE EVENT and is operating
under the umbrella of the Dunkard Creek Watershed
Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, which means any
donations are tax-deductible. Check can be made out to DCWA
with MD 250 in the memo field, and sent to Pete Zapadka,
DCWA treasurer, 6 Mont Chateau Estates, Morgantown, WV