Southern Lancaster County Historical Society 
Also known as "Solanco Historical Society"
1932 Robert Fulton Highway/Route 222
P.O. Box 33
Quarryville, PA 17566
717-548-2679

Robert Fulton Birthplace

Robert Fulton Birthplace

Robert Fulton (1765-1815) was an accomplished artist, American engineer, and builder of the first steamboat "Clermont".  Learn more on the "Robert Fulton Birthplace" page.


Archives Warehouse Building

About Us
Solanco Historical Society serves the southern end of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, including Quarryville Borough and Bart, Colerain, Drumore, East Drumore, Eden, Fulton, Little Britain, Providence and Sadsbury Townships.  We welcome any information and inquiries pertaining to Southern Lancaster County.   

Current Office and Research Hours:   9:00 A.M. to noon every Wednesday throughout the year, and 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings from September to May.

Robert Fulton Birthplace Guided Tours:   See detailed information under "About Us - Operating Hours."
 
        Interested in becoming a membership of Solanco Historical Society? This Society welcomes anyone interested 
       in learning more about the "Southern End" of Lancaster County and surrounding areas.  See "About Us -                   Membership" for an application form and dues amounts.  
                

      COMING EVENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

On the 3rd Saturday of most months, Solanco Historical Society offers a free historical program at 1:30 P.M. at its headquarters meeting room. Located at 1932 Robert Fulton Highway across from the Robert Fulton Birthplace, the brick archives warehouse is 6-1/2 miles south of Quarryville near Swift Road in Fulton Township. The programs are open to the public and the facility is handicapped-accessible. For more details on programs, speakers and our full list of events, click on the "Upcoming Events" section at the top of this page.

Saturday, June 3rd:  8th ANNUAL SOUTHERN END HOUSE AND HISTORY TOUR  - Pick up your advanced tickets now for this self-guided tour of 11 locations in Colerain Township, Southern Lancaster County and in nearby Lower Oxford, West Fallowfield and Highland Townships in neighboring Chester County.  Stunning historic homes, a new home, a Quaker meeting house, a 200-year-old Presbyterian Church, a covered bridge, and a dairy barn will be open for visitors. Watch a wood artisan demonstrate his early American skills, visit with cattle and end your day with a gift from an Alpaca farm gift shop.  Advance tickets available for $17.00 at Solanco Historical Society, 1932 Robert Fulton Hwy. (Rt. 222) near Swift Rd., Fulton Township on Wednesdays from 9:00 - noon; or alternatively at Erma's Flowers and Gifts, 12 State St., Quarryville or at Stoltzfus Farm Service, 1043 Gap-Newport Pike, Cochranville, both during normal business hours. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased for $20.00 and a brochure with the tour map picked up at Union Presbyterian Church, 5637 Street Rd., Kirkwood, PA 17536 starting at 9:30 AM. Call 610-593-6989 or email dwmccool@gmail.com for more information.

Weekend of June 23rd, 24th & 25th:  CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT -  Don't miss this enriching historical 3-day event on the grounds behind the Robert Fulton Birthplace.  Very knowledgeable Civil War reenactors of the 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry, 59th Regiment Volunteers, Co. D, will be speaking of wartime experiences of the Union and Confederate soldiers as well as the much-revered President Abraham Lincoln. Visitors will be able to view the soldiers' living conditions, meal preparation, communications, weapons including artillery demonstrations; view a historical weapons display; watch period dancers and hear folk music.  On Sunday an outdoor worship service will be led by an ordained minister. Photographic opportunities will be available all weekend. Payment is by donation.  The Robert Fulton Birthplace will be open for tours during the encampment. The tour fees are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children from 6 to 18 (or $5.00 for 2 children), and 5 years and under free. Parking is off Swift Road.

Tentative Schedule of the Civil War Encampment: 

 Friday, June 23, 2017 --

12 noon-4:00 PM – Camp open to the public during participant arrival and setup.

4:00 PM – If possible, artillery demonstration to close camp to the public.

Participant arrivals continue until dark, about 8:30 PM.

 

 Saturday, June 24, 2017 --

         Throughout the weekend at various locations as they become available, visit with:

          President Abraham Lincoln

 President’s personal secretary, John G. Nicolay

          Commanding General of the United States Army, Ulysses S. Grant

 General William Tecumseh Sherman, USA

          Major General Philip H. Sheridan, USA

          Major John Hammond, 5th New York Cavalry, USA

          Sergeant John Lincoln Clem, USA

          General Robert E. Lee, CSA

          Brigadier General “Extra” Billy Smith, CSA

          John Burns, citizen soldier from Gettysburg, PA

          Period fiddle music

          Period dancing by Venture Crew 1861’s dancers

          Blacksmith and cast iron cooking with Chris Opresko

          Author Bruce Mowday, Civil War Historian

          Author J. Arthur Moore, Civil War Historical Fiction and history of the boys of the Civil War

10:00 AM – Camps open to the public

          Artillery demonstration at the guns in the military camp

10:30 AM – Period dancing exhibition with Venture Crew 1861’s dancers

 A conversation with the President and the Generals at the upper camp gathering space

          11:00 AM – Firing demonstration in the military camp

 A presentation in the barn about the boys in the Civil War

11:30 AM – Artillery demonstration at the guns in the military camp

12:00 Noon – Period dancing exhibition with Venture Crew 1861’s dancers

A presentation in the barn about Fort Delaware prison camp 

         12:30 PM – Firing demonstration in the military camp

A conversation with the President and the Generals at the upper camp gathering space

1:00 PM – Artillery demonstration at the guns in the military camp

1:30 PM – Period dancing exhibition with Venture Crew 1861’s dancers

A presentation about cast iron cooking with Black Dragon Iron Works

         2:00 PM – Firing demonstration in the military camp

A conversation with the President and the Generals at the upper camp gathering space

2:30 PM – Artillery demonstration at the guns in the military camp

3:00 PM – Period dancing exhibition with Venture Crew 1861’s dancers

Meet the authors in their camp areas

         3:30 PM – Firing demonstration in the military camp

A conversation with the President and the Generals at the upper camp gathering space

4:00 PM – Artillery demonstration at the guns in the military camp

4:30 PM – Period dancing exhibition with Venture Crew 1861’s dancers

Meet the authors in their camp areas

         5:00 PM – Firing demonstration in the military camp

A conversation with the President and the Generals at the upper camp gathering space

 

Sunday,  June 25, 2017

10:00 AM – Camps open to the public

 Artillery demonstration at the guns in the military camp

10:30 AM – Period dancing exhibition with Venture Crew 1861’s dancers

A conversation with the president and the generals at the upper camp gathering space

          11:00 AM – Firing demonstration in the military camp

A presentation about the boys in the Civil War in the barn

11:30 AM – Artillery demonstration at the guns in the military camp

12:00 noon – Period dancing exhibition with Venture Crew 1861’s dancers

A presentation about Fort Delaware prison camp in the barn

          12:30 PM – Firing demonstration in the military camp

A conversation with the President and the Generals at the upper camp gathering space

          1:00 PM – Period field church service at the upper camp gathering space, followed by open time for                          balance of the schedule.

          3:00 PM – Camp closes and participants depart.


BUS TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 16th - See details under Upcoming Events tab. 

 


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Robert Fulton Birthplace and Garden