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WAYNESBORO (Sept. 19, 2019) – Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) today announced a $210,000 grant for Washington Township to use for improvements at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum property.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grant will finance:

  • Create two new walking trails at the park.
  • Install a bridge across a creek.
  • Add benches.
  • Build a wooden structure to access a scenic overlook.
  • Create a camping area.

“I’m thankful CFA recognized the value in this project, and that Sen. Doug Mastriano and I could advocate for it,” Schemel said. “The township has done great work in developing the battlefield museum and establishing the recreation area around it. Blue Ridge Summit has now become a tourism destination.”

The Monterey Pass battlefield is visited by those exploring Civil War history, Washington Township Manager Jeff Geesaman said.

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The battle was the only one fought on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

“I think it’s a wonderful way for people to enjoy the mountains of Pennsylvania and the scenic overlook into Adams County. History buffs can learn about the retreat from the Battle of Gettysburg,” Geesaman said. “I think there is going to be something there for a lot of different people from the region.”

The grant funding is part of a Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

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