Civil War-era Shohola train wreck remembered


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The Columns Museum will host a special interpretation of the events surrounding the disastrous Civil War Train Wreck of 1864. On Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m., join historical interpreter Ruth Randone as she recounts the tragic event that happened in Shohola, Pa. more than a century ago.

Ms. Randone will perform a costumed account encompassing the thoughts and musings of an individual directly affected by the tragic crash. The performance will be followed by a Q-and-A session and a wine and cheese reception.

“We are very pleased to have Ruth present her program detailing the events surrounding the tragedy. We have worked with Ruth before, resulting in much success, and anticipate a point-on interpretation,” said Lori Strelecki, Museum Director of The Columns.

In July 1864, a wood-burning steam locomotive pulling 18 cars and carrying 833 Confederate Prisoners of War made its way along the Broad Gauge Erie Railroad towards Shohola, Pa. It was this steam locomotive that would end up running headlong into a coal train at a blind, curvy ravine known as King and Fullers Cut.

The crash resulted in severe injury and death for a majority of the passengers. A well-documented local historic event, the Civil War Train Wreck will not soon be forgotten. The recount of the story will commemorate those who lost their lives in the accident, as well as those who risked their lives to save the wounded.

To experience Ms. Randone’s dramatic retelling of this historical event, visit The Columns Museum on Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. A $10 donation will be welcomed at the door. For more information or to RSVP, call the Pike County Historical Society at 570-296-8126 or email pikemuse@ptd.net

The Columns Museum is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment. Visit the museum’s website at pikecountyhistoricalsociety.org.

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