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“Cherry Pie” hikes with historical reenactors celebrate George Washington in Butler County

Mary Ann Thomas
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The Cherry Pie Hike, with historical reenactors, will be held at Jennings Environmental Education Center near Slippery Rock on Feb. 23.

What can be better than a hike with historical reenactors? One with cherry pie.

A slice of pie will be the reward for walkers and visitors to a “Cherry Pie Hike” and the “Washington’s Trail Hike” on Feb. 23 for a history tour commemorating George Washington’s Birthday at Jennings Environmental Education Center near Slippery Rock, Butler County.

The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be a history hike complete with historical reenactors. The Virginia Colony Mission’s demand for a French withdrawal from British territory, which precipitated the French and Indian/Seven Years War, also will be observed.

Participants in the 30-minute history hikes will learn about Washington’s 1753 mission and witness the musket shot that almost killed Washington at age 21. The cherry pies will be courtesy of North Country Brewing Company.

There will be two different hikes, including 45-minute winter nature walks led by Jennings’ staff, and a seven-mile hike along a section of the North Country Trail, where Washington may have traveled.

The long hike will take about four hours, from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m., and is recommended for ages 12 and up. This hike is rated “moderate,” and will cover varied terrain including hills and winter trail conditions. Sturdy boots or shoes are necessary.

Reservations are required for hikes and nature walks by February 21. Carpooling is encouraged as parking may be limited. Register online or call 724-290-2129 with questions or if you are not able to register online.

The event is free and open to the public, although a $3 per person donation will be encouraged for the guided walks. Jennings Environmental Education Center is located at 2951 Prospect Rd., Brady Township near Slippery Rock.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary Ann at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.