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EVENT DATE: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 | comments comment(s)
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Josette Keelor

Sky Meadows park programs

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, will host the following programs:

Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Washer Women, at the the Wash House to see the labor-intensive 19th Century process for washing clothes. Lend a hand to our interpretive rangers and experience one of the tasks assigned to enslaved workers here at Mount Bleak.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Seven Wonders of Sky Meadows GPS Game, a fun, family-friendly adventure with a GPS unit and a game card to use on a virtual scavenger hunt. Follow a series of coordinates to discover seven hidden puzzle caches around the park. Collect all the puzzle pieces to learn about the cultural and natural resources that make Sky Meadows unique. Find all seven caches to complete the game card and earn a special prize. The total hiking distance is approximately five miles, so bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent. The game begins at the Visitor Center. Players with personal GPS units may pick up a free game card with cache coordinates at the Visitor Center. Players without personal GPS units may rent one from the park. Cost for GPS rental is $6 for a half-day, $10 for a whole day. GPS units are rented out on a first-come, first-served basis to adults over the age of 18. All units must be returned to the Visitor Center by 4:30 p.m. on the day of rental.

Noon-3 p.m. -- Colonial Cooking at the Log Cabin where colonial cooks will prepare tasty 18th-Century treats in a demonstration program. See how food was cooked on an open hearth and sample treats made from historic recipes.

2-4 p.m. -- Hike through History by walking in the footsteps of George Washington, Thomas "Stonewall "Jackson, and James Longstreet on a 2.5-mile hike with a park ranger along a moderate loop hike on the Rolling Meadows Trail near Lost Mountain.

Along the way, hear the tales of a young Washington, who surveyed Lost Mountain for Lord Fairfax of Jackson, who camped his troops here in the Valley on the eve of the Battle of First Manassas, and of Longstreet, who led his men over Ashby's Gap on the way to the Battle of Gettysburg. Get the female perspective of history as well, with readings from the diary of Miss Amanda Edmonds, niece to Abner and Mary Settle, and eyewitness to the Civil War in the Crooked Run Valley.

Meet at the Lost Mountain Trailhead. Bring water and snacks. Sturdy boots are a must, and hiking poles are recommended: the trail has two stream crossings. Dress in layers appropriate for the weather. Insect repellent in highly recommended.

For more information, call 540-592-3556.

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