The emphasis will be on the role of railroads in the Civil War.
The Monocacy National Battlefield will be taking part in Bell and History days in Frederick County on Saturday, April 6th. The Park Service says visitors to the site can learn how the B&O Railroad helped save Washington.
In July, 1864, B&O employees noticed Confederate troops in the area of Monocacy Junction and reported it to company officials. The battle was a Union defeat, but it delayed the advance of General Jubal Early and his army on Washington. That let federal troops fortify the Capitol City and prevent it from being overun.
In honor of that, an historic B&O Railroad bell will be rung at 10:00 AM. It's on loan from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
From 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, park rangers will be presenting programs on the role of the railroad during the Civil War.
Throughout the day, visitors of all agees can earn an Explorer Ranger pin by hiking the Junction Trail and completing the railroad scavenger hut.
Monocacy National Battlefield is located on Route 355 two miles south of Frederick. For more information, call 301-662-3515.