CELEBRATE GEORGE WASHINGTON’S 292 BIRTHDAY WITH A HIKE AND SOME CHERRY PIE
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – You can hike through history, stroll through nature, and enjoy some cherry pie on Saturday, Feb. 24, in honor of George Washington’s birthday, and his 1753 journey through the region.
Historic Harmony is co-sponsoring this event at Jennings Environmental Education Center, a Pennsylvania State Park at 2951 Prospect Road (Pa. 528) Slippery Rock 16057, just south of Pa. 8. Hikers will meet reenactors portraying Washington and his guide Christopher Gist, as well as the American Indian the two encountered in the western Pennsylvania woods in 1753. Echoing through trees that morning will be the reenactment of the gunshot that could have ended Washington’s life when he was just 21.
Visitors can choose from 9 guided hikes and walks. All are limited in size, so hikers must make a reservation by February 22nd to secure a hiking spot.
To reserve a hiking spot, go to reserve-cherry-pie-hike.
There is a $3 per person cash donation, collected at the park, to partake in one of the guided hikes and the cherry pie.
Bob Shaner of Leechburg, Pa., portraying frontier guide Christopher Gist, talks to hikers about the musket shot that almost killed 21-year-old George Washington when he traveled through western Pennsylvania in 1753. Similar reenactments will happen during history hikes scheduled for Feb. 26 at Jennings Environmental Education Center near Slippery Rock.