Historical Marker Project
In 2021, the HSRAA Alumni board decided to embark on an exciting new project for Horseshoe Scout Reservation - installing historical markers to highlight the extensive history of the property before Scouting and our contributions to Scouting since 1927.
Working with a long list of potential candidates for markers, the board narrowed the list to 3 - Buzzard's Rock, Camp Beginnings (at Camp Horseshoe), and the Stockade Sites. After several months of research by HSRAA board members Andrew Coe and A.J. DiAntonio using available historical records from J.B. Rettew III's The Spirit of the Horseshoe and other archives, the signs were approved in February 2022 and ready for construction.
The three markers were installed in May 2022, and were available for viewing during the 2022 summer camping season. The Buzzard's Rock marker was placed to the North end of the new camp road just above the Red Trail and Buzzard's rock itself. The Camp Beginnings sign was placed just to the East of the White House around the Loop Road. The Stockade Sites marker was placed at the head of the Stockade Trail.
Each marker delves into the history of each topic, some going back hundreds if not thousands of years before Scouting even reached the shores of the Octoraro Creek. The Buzzard's Rock marker highlights the 1988 archaeological dig performed on the property and even a surprising origin of the name of Buzzard's Rock. The Stockade Sites marker focuses on early life in a Stockade Site, along with the history of them and the tragic 1938 fire. The Camp Beginnings sign talks about the previous inhabitants and names of Horseshoe Scout Reservation, and the changing ownership from the Reynolds family, mining companies, and others.
HSRAA looks to continue this effort in the future, with eyes on creating a sign for Camp John H. Ware in 2023.