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Abraham Lincoln late in the Civil War (LOC)

Lincoln birthday event at Hanover Junction Feb. 8

President Abraham Lincoln visited York County three times during the Civil War years. The first two times were on consecutive days, November 18 and 19, 1863. On the 18th, he took a B&O train from Washington DC to Baltimore and then switched to the Northern Central to ride to Hanover Junction. Why was he in York  County? Lincoln was on his way to Gettysburg to deliver the dedicatory remarks for the new National Cemetery. His speech, of course, was what we know as the Gettysburg Address.

From Hanover Junction, Lincoln rode to Hanover, where he chatted with the crowd during a brief stop. He then traveled through New Oxford before his train arrived in Gettysburg in the early evening. He reversed the trip the following day after his speech and some other activities around town. His next trip was his funeral train on April 21, 1865, on its way to Springfield, Illinois.

The Friends of the York County Heritage Rail Trail are hosting a special public event at Hanover Junction to mark the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.


James Hayney as Abraham Lincoln (submitted)

This year will mark President Lincoln’s 211th birthday. Please come out to Hanover Junction on February 8, 2020, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. for a birthday remembrance. Living historian James Hayney (pictured) will portray the nation’s 16th president and will “meet and greet” the audience and be available for a photo op. The event is free and the public is welcome!