Closing out the Celebratory Year

Tolson’s Chapel Sesquicentennial Year of Special Events Coming to a Close with a Final Community Event, Christmas by Candlelight, December 10, 2016 at 7:00pm.

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Sharpsburg, Md. – The Friends of Tolson’s Chapel (FOTC) celebrated the chapel’s


Dr. Hari Jones – photo courtesy Ron Lytle

Sesquicentennial year with a series of events held at the chapel through the spring/summer/fall season.  On October 1, 2016 FOTC hosted their penultimate event with a day-long Rally Day celebration.  With 65 people in attendance the event began with Renee Emanuel leading the audience in several joyful hymns.  Dr. Dean Herrin, Chief Historian, NPS National Capital Region, shared his thoughts on the significance of Tolson’s Chapel as a Freedmen’s Bureau school.  Dr. Hari Jones, independent historian and inspirational speaker, followed with a rousing talk entitled “Emancipate, Enfranchise, Educate:  The Role of the Church in Achieving this Social Trinity.” The son of a preacher, Dr. Jones filled the room with his booming voice and inspired all in attendance!  Following a traditional Rally Day lunch of Fried Chicken and sides (by Bonnies at the Red Byrd), pie (by Burkholder’s Bakery), and ice cream (courtesy Nutter’s), the Tri-State Drum Circle brought the group together with African rhythms.  The day came to a close with the beautiful gospel harmonies of The Spears Sisters.  It was a day no one in attendance will forget!

FOTC will finish out this celebratory year with a final community event, Christmas by Candlelight, a non-denominational service featuring several area ministers and plenty of traditional Christmas music.  This event will take place at Tolson’s Chapel on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00pm.  The chapel is currently without electricity or heat so the service will be lit by plenty of battery-powered candles and we encourage folks to dress warm!  Please join us in celebrating this joyful season in a traditional setting at Tolson’s Chapel.

Tolson’s Chapel is located at 111 E. High St. in Sharpsburg, Maryland.  For more information please contact Edie Wallace via email at


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