The Three Ps - The Foundations
efforts can be represented by a triangle with three equally-important
sides all of which are necessary to create a world-class living
- Restoring existing and reconstructing archaeologically found buildings
to create the look and feel of the 1770 to 1820 interpretive period.
- Conducting tours, programs and events with period-costumed individuals
who vividly capture the imagination of the visitor.
- Welcoming and encouraging a large group of volunteers to become
involved in Elk Landing and by doing so Preserving the Past for
The base and support for the triangle with three equally-important
sides is Participation. It will be through involvement of dozens
of individuals like yourselves that Elk Landing will be able to
become a wonderful living history museum. The Foundation would very
much appreciated your time and efforts and there exists many ways
that you as an individual, or your organization or company can make
a difference. Some of them are:
- Sign up for Foundations membership at any level and receive
a quarterly newsletter called, The Landing which will keep you informed
about current activities and forthcoming events. In addition your
membership entitles you to free entrance to special programs.
Volunteering - Become a part of Preserving
the Past for the Future at Elk Landing. The site offers a truly
wonderful opportunity to leave our rich heritage to current and
future generations. Volunteer opportunities exist at many different
levels from assisting with site cleanup to dressing in a Colonial
costume and interpreting an individual from
Gifting Opportunities - The Foundation
has established several funds where individuals, groups or companies
can make tax-deductible gifts which will benefit the restoration
and interpretive programs at Elk Landing.
The visitor to Elk Landing should not only see an authentic late
18th and early 19th Century village, but also develop an appreciation
for the impact the village and its people had on the founding of
America. This will be accomplished through costumed interpretive
characters leading programs
and conducting annual events. Some of these are:
Evening Walking Tours - Through the
assistance of a grant provided by the Lower Susquehanna Greenway,
augmented by Foundation funding, plans are underway to provide three
different evening candle-lit walking tour programs. They will be
offered as soon as resources allow for their development. Each will
last for about one hour, and in the planning stage are:
- Music Echoes Along the Elk
- Patriot Voices Along the Pathway
- Legends of Elk Landing
In each program a group of individuals led by a costumed interpretive
guide will visit three or four locations at Elk Landing and hear
different kinds of period music; listen to pleas from George Washington,
Col. Henry Hollingsworth, and other patriots urging American independence
from Great Britain; or in the case of legends learn about things,
that some say, go bump in the night!
Annual Events - A number of historically-significant
events have occurred at Elk Landing and each year these will be
re-enacted providing visitors an opportunity for participation.
Please see our "Upcoming Events" link under "What's
New" to view our current schedule. We plan to offer the following
events each year:
Day, April 29 - Celebrates the defense of Elkton from burning
by the British in the War of 1812 when their ships were repulsed
by cannon fire from Forts Hollingsworth and Defiance.
Independence Day, Fourth of July -
When news of the signing of the
Declaration of Independence reaches the Head of Elk there is a celebration
featuring music, cannon fire, and patriotic addresses from historically
attired leading citizens. Musket volleys ends the day long event.
(Most likely this event would be celebrated the week following Elktons
Fourth of July fireworks in Meadow Park.)
British Invasion Day, August 25 - British
soldiers return to the Head of Elk where they first disembarked
in 1777 en-route to capture the American capitol in Philadelphia.
This time they are met with some resistance from local militia.
Come to see who wins!
Victory at Yorktown Day, October 19
- On September 22, 1782 George Washington and his troops pass through
Head of Elk enroute to Yorktown for a decisive victory over General
Cornwallis and the British at Yorktown. When the word of the surrender
of 6000 British troops reaches Elk Landing a celebration ensues.
Dont miss it!
at the Hollingsworth, mid to late December - A 1790s candle-lit
plantation home with decorations of greens, fruit, oyster shells,
painted seed pods, along with ribbon and bows provide a festive
holiday atmosphere for the visitor. Period music and singing add
to the ambience as everyone enjoys a mug of wassail.
Costumed Interpreters - Leading all
of the programs and events will be costumed characters portraying
someone who actually lived near or at Elk Landing, and these individuals
will interact with visitors in a period-appropriate manner. They
will inform, engage and hopefully inspire the visitors to comprehend
what it meant to be an American during the interpretive period of
1770 to 1820.
There are three principle preservation activities underway which
are leading towards the public opening of Elk Landing as an interpretive
living history museum akin to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia
or Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. They are:
- Before proceeding with reconstruction, it is imperative we understand
what went before. The Foundation has drafted the work statement
for the archaeological investigation and is currently seeking a
grant to fund the effort.
Concept Development - Once the archaeological
investigation is complete, a highly visual concept
development plan will be produced. This will provide the roadmap
for the overall long term redevelopment of the site including roads,
paths, parking, lighting, water and sewer infrastructure, and general
guidelines for signage and the reconstruction of buildings.
Restoration of Existing Structures
- With the aid of an historical architect plans for the restoration
of the Hollingsworth Plantation Home and the Jon Hans Steelman Tavern
are being evaluated. It is anticipated the Hollingsworth home will
be used as a visitors center featuring a transportation museum,
research library, audio-visual orientation center, museum gift shop
and offices for the Foundation. The Steelman stone structure will
become a Colonial candle-lit waterfront dining tavern featuring
Chesapeake Bay seafood, eastern shore chicken and locally grown
Reconstruction of Archaeologically Found Structures - As
Elk Landing was the center for travelers
and shipping for many years, it is anticipated the hidden remains
of many other structures will be located during the archaeological
investigation. Believed to have been on the site or close by would
be businesses operated by a blacksmith, tanner, printer, tinsmith,
cooper (for making barrels and shipping crates), and other craft
industries practiced in the Colonial and early Federal periods.
As evidence of these businesses is uncovered, plans will be evolved
to reconstruct the operation and staff it with costumed interpretive