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Ferree Reunion 2007

"Have a heart with room for every joy."
Philip James Bailey

  • July 26th, 27th, 28th, 2007
  • Lancaster & Paradise, PA
  • Direct descendants
  • Cousins from related families
  • Anyone interested in Ferree genealogy
 

 

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Thursday, July 26th
Genealogy Day Conference 9:00 A.M. Continental Inn
 

This event officially opened our Ferree Family reunion. Conducted by Dr. Charles Heisterkamp, our Ferree family genealogist, the program featured guest speakers on topics ranging from genealogical research to our Ferree family history. Opportunity was provided to ask questions and exchange information. The cost of $20.00 included a buffet luncheon and a CD of material presented at the conference which also contained a book "The Ferree Family, The First Five Generations".

Program Schedule
9:00 A.M.
Welcome & Introduction
Charles Heisterkamp
9:30 A.M.
Early Ferree Homes in Lancaster County, PA
David Bamberger & Ken Eshleman
10:30 A.M.
Using the US Census for Ferree Research
Charles Heisterkamp
11:30 A.M.
Our Ferree Family Website
Nancy Johnson
12:00 P.M.
Luncheon Buffet at the Continental Inn
1:30 P.M.
Ferree Family & Hereditary Society Memberships
Ellen Veden & Ken Eshleman
2:30 P.M.
Origins of the Ferree Family
Charles Heisterkamp
3:30 P.M.
National & Ferree Family Genographic Projects
Charles Heisterkamp
4:30 P.M.
Top Ten List of Ferree Mysteries
Charles Heisterkamp
5:00 P.M.
Dinner Break
Following the dinner break, Dr. Heisterkamp was available in the Welcome Center to meet with individuals, answer questions, and exchange information about Ferree ancestors.
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Friday, July 27th
Historical Paradise Bus Tour 9:00 A.M. Continental Inn

This tour, moderated by Samuel Stoltzfus, took us through the area of the original Ferree land grant and enabled us to view some of the oldest, still remaining, Ferree family homesteads and other Ferree related historical sites. Mr. Stoltzfus included several stories about the history of the county, his family's relationship with the county and the Ferree family. Stops were made at the Lancaster County Historical Society where we were able to view the Lefevre Bible and also at Carpenter's Cemetery where Madame and some of her family are buried.

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Underground Railroad Bus Tour 1:30 P.M. Continental Inn

There were Ferree connections to the time in history when slavery existed and through a network of secret passages known as the "Underground Railroad" slaves attempted to escape to free states. This tour moderated by Dr. Kendrick Eshleman, a direct descendant of Madame Ferree, took us to some of the houses and sites that operated in the Paradise and Lancaster area. There was also a stop in Christiana to visit the museum there and view the monument commemorating the Christiana riots.

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Social, Program, Banquet 6:00 P.M. Continental Inn
 

A pre-dinner social gathering was held where a play was presented depicting certain historical events pertaining to Madame Ferree. Under the direction of Donna Jernigan, the cast was made up of Ferree "cousins" who were attending the reunion and volunteered to participate. Dinner followed and a door prize drawing closed the evening.

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"Pot Luck" --- "Indoor Picnic" 1:00 P.M. Paradise Park

This was a fun afternoon of socializing and "togethering". Held at the Paradise Community Park, there were games, lunch, a short business meeting, and a special auction.

     
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The Continental Inn on Lincoln Highway East served as our headquarters where a Welcome Center was available for reunion participants to view displays, share family genealogy, purchase merchandise, get acquainted, and socialize.

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"A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL"

Photos courtesy of David Bamberger, Chris Ferree, Nancy Johnson, Ellen Veden.