The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks invites the public to their 20th annual Railroad Heritage Day on Saturday, September 23. The open house, taking place between 10 a.m.-5 p.m., features fun for all- special exhibits, presentations, displays, demonstrations, hand-made crafts, children's activities, food, live music, tours of the historic village and of course motorcar train rides through the scenic Muddy Creek Valley.
The attractions in the village take visitors back to life as it was in 1917. Visitors can tour the A.M. Grove General Store that was built in 1899. Inside they will find a post office, railroad ticket office, player piano and a hand operated freight elevator. Outside, track working demonstrations will be offered. As an added attraction, Don Kirkpatrick of Fredericksburg, VA, is bringing his hand pumped railcar so visitors can propel themselves down the tracks as men did at the time the railroad was built. Heritage Day is the only time each season when Ma & Pa locomotive No. 82 and caboose No. 2007 are open to the public. Other village buildings include the historic roller mill, a 9,000 bushel grain elevator, fertilizer warehouse, and bank barn. Nearly three dozen historically trained costumed interpreters will add a living history flavor to the experience as they interact with guests.
New features this year include music by the Martin's Ridge Dulcimer Group, with vocalists, too. Youngsters will enjoy special sessions singing along with guitarist Margo Hall. A scavenger hunt, various crafts, games, and other activities will also keep the younger generation entertained. For the first time, Heritage Day will also include vendors with hand-made crafts for those looking for a special one-of-a-kind item.
This year we are celebrating the prosperity the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad brought to all the communities along its track - York, Dallastown, Red Lion, Delta, Bel Air, Fallston, Towson, Baltimore, and dozens of small communities in between. It shipped everything from furniture and electronics to milk and slate. Walter Holloway, a Ma & Pa Railroad historian from Bel Air, Md. will present a slide show entitled, “The Ma & Pa Railroad - Carrier of Freight and Folks." It will be offered three times during the day. He will also bring photographs and documents to display.
Admission to the historic village and buildings is free. Motorcar train rides run at 45 minute intervals all day and frequently sell out hours in advance so advance purchase of tickets at www.MaAndPaRailroad.com is advised. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Additional information and specific times for special event weekends can be found on their website: www.MaAndParailroad.com Group visits and private events can be arranged by email- info@MaAndPaRailroad.com