Two-hundred and forty-eight years ago this month, the Mason and Dixon survey was halted by Native Americans about three miles southwest of Mount Morris, Pa. This was about 22 miles short of the team's goal at the present-day southwest corner of Pennsylvania.
To commemorate this anniversary, an annual hike and historic program will be held at Mason-Dixon Historical Park,Buckeye Road, off W.Va. 7, near Core. The hike to the third and last crossing of Dunkard Creek by Mason and Dixon will be held on Oct. 18. Pete Zapadka of Cheat Lake, founder of the website exploretheline.com, will lead the hike and talk. Zapadka, a Pennsylvania native, is a retired journalist, historian and lifelong amateur astronomer. He will guide participants along the banks of Dunkard Creek to the seldom-visted site.
The hike, weather permitting, covers easy terrain and is about 1 1/2 miles out and back. Participants should gather by 10:30 am in the parking lot next to the park's red barn off Buckeye Road. Info: 304-879-4101 or go to masondixonhistoricalpark.com.