SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House celebrates the birthday of the nation's first president with its annual "Cherry Pie Hike" Feb. 23, including remarks by Brady Crytzer, local historian, author and SRU graduate.
The free public program combines history, a winter hike on the North Country Trail and cherry pie.
Crytzer, whose most recent book "Guyasuta and the Fall of Indian America" chronicles the life of Guyasuta, the Seneca Indian who served as a scout for George Washington on his journey through western Pennsylvania in 1753 and later played a significant role in the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War, will discuss the trail and its importance.
Crytzer earned his master's degree in history at SRU, and has served on the faculties of Robert Morris University, Southern New Hampshire University and the Community Colleges of Allegheny, Beaver and Butler counties. He is a recipient of the Donald S. Kelly Award for outstanding scholarship and author of "Major Washington's Pittsburgh and the Mission to Fort Le Boeuf."
The North Country Trail, one of only 11 National Scenic Trails designated by Congress, stretches from North Dakota to eastern New York. With a walking distance of more than 4,000 miles, it is the longest of the trails. The Old Stone House is a well-known landmark along the trail's route through Butler County.
Hikes will begin at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Slippery Rock's North Country Brewing Co. will provide participants cherry pie and coffee.
Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history at SRU and the museum's curator, and SRU students will discuss the former inn and its contents before the hikes.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling 724.256.0674.
The Butler Chapter of the North Country Trail, the North Country Brewing Co and the Old Stone House are sponsoring the event.
The Old Stone House is located at the intersection of Routes 8, 173 and 528, three miles south of Slippery Rock.
For more information about the Old Stone House, visit: www.oldstonehousePA.org.
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