Join me at the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society in Quarryville at 1932 Robert Fulton Highway for an educational presentation on Saturday, November 19, 2022, beginning at 1:30 pm.
I will be recounting my expeditions down the Lower Susquehanna to explore the mysterious Native American petroglyphs hidden on the ancient river near Safe Harbor. These 1,000 years old rock carvings represent some of the oldest man-made artifacts in Lancaster County and one of the most significant archeological sites in the northeastern United States. Accessible only by water, they depict animal tracks, human figures, and mystical thunderbirds. I will discuss their significance, possible meanings, and some local legends surrounding the pictographs.
This in-person program is free and open to the public. Perfect for adults and older children who love to explore or enjoy local history. For more information, visit the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society’s website.
I will have free Uncharted Lancaster stickers, magnets, and wooden nickels for those in attendance, plus replica arrowheads for the kids. I hope to see you there.
Where to go
The Southern Lancaster County Historical Society is located at 1932 Robert Fulton Hwy, Quarryville, PA 17566, in a small brick warehouse across from the Robert Fulton Birthplace on Robert Fulton Highway. Seating is first come, first serve with wheelchair accessible. Additional parking is located across the road. Please use caution if crossing the Robert Fulton Highway.
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