The 250th anniversary celebration of the end of the historic
Mason-Dixon Line survey
Oct. 13, 14, 15,
Between Core, W.Va.
and Mount Morris, Pa.
Thank you to our
primary funding supporters!
Our parent organization, the Dunkard Creek Watershed
Association, is accepting donations for Mason-Dixon 250 in
2017! All funds will go toward this historical event. Please
lend a hand to help us help you walk in the
footsteps of history!
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. Checks also 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 26508.
(July 22, 2017): The
schedule of surveyors activities has been compiled and
released. It includes a day of instruction for young
people who may consider surveying as a career. Download
and print the schedule.
Other FREE activities that, as you walk in
the footsteps of history,
you'll be able to enjoy:
- 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 astronomer
Diane Turnshek, her students from Carnegie Mellon
University, the University of Pittsburgh, and members of the Amateur Astronomers Association
of Pittsburgh and their telescopes. See the stars that
shone on Mason and Dixon. The astronomers will be with us
The Monongalia Wireless Association is the oldest active
amateur radio club in Monongalia County. Explore the world
in the 21st century!
- 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!
Activities will be held at the "stars" on
the map below:
To learn more, contact: Pete Zapadka
- 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