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Preservers of the Historic Ma & Pa Railroad

The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society Welcomes Scouts!

Welcome BSA

Primitive camping, day trips, service projects, Merit Badge counselors, Eagle Scout projects - The Society offers a wide range of opportunities for Scouts of all ages!

What is the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society?

The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society (M&PRPS) is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic village of Muddy Creek Forks and a remnant of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad. Our goal is not only to preserve this piece of history, but also to use it to illustrate the interaction between a thriving, rural village and the railroad in approximately 1915. Our docents strive to demonstrate and explain how this relationship affected the lives of the people of both Muddy Creek Forks and the surrounding region.

We are located in southeastern York County, Pennsylvania, at the confluence of the Main, North, and South Branches of Muddy Creek and are approximately 5 miles from Brogue, Pennsylvania. This location is an easy drive from York, Lancaster, and the Baltimore area. The area is largely rural and the Muddy Creek Valley is still wooded with little habitation. A ride on the railroad may allow you a glimpse of a great blue heron, some whitetail deer, a wild turkey, or possibly even a majestic bald eagle. The village is comprised of the A. M. Grove General Store, the Muddy Creek Forks Roller Mill, the grain elevator, barn, and several other minor structures that date as far back as the mid-1800s.

The Village of Muddy Creek Forks is a recognized museum with visitors from not only south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland but even from other countries. We recently hosted the spring meeting of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums and were pleased to receive many compliments on our efforts by our peers in the field of historic railroad preservation.

What does the Society offer for Scouts?

As a part of the outreach of the M&RPS, we have developed relationships with several local Boy Scouting organizations and continue to reach out to new Packs, Troops and Venture Crews. We have a lot to offer these groups and many of these activities may be mutually beneficial. Some of the ways that the M&PRPS can support your unit are listed below. Please note that while we are adjacent to Muddy Creek, the creek itself is not part of the historic site. Any use of the creek is subject to all laws and regulations applicable to Pennsylvania waterways.

Cub Scouts:

  • Go-See-It: A visit to Muddy Creek Forks will satisfy a Go-See-It requirement. You can either come during one of our regularly scheduled open dates or special arrangements can be made for a visit.
  • Service Projects: We can tailor a project to the abilities of your Pack.
  • Camping: Primitive style camping is available immediately adjacent to Muddy Creek.

Boy Scouts:

  • Service Projects: We can arrange service projects for your entire troop or for just a few Scouts needing to complete service time for rank advancement.
  • Eagle Scout Projects: See below
  • Camping: Primitive style camping is available immediately adjacent to Muddy Creek.
  • Merit Badges: We have volunteers who are also counselors for the Railroading and Engineering merit badges.

Venture Crews:

  • Service Projects: We can arrange service projects for your entire troop or for just a few Scouts needing to complete service time for rank advancement.
  • Camping: Primitive style camping is available immediately adjacent to Muddy Creek.

Eagle Scout Candidates:

Scout project

The M&PRPS has been the grateful beneficiary of several Eagle Scout projects including;

  • the installation of signs for our walking tour;
  • stream bank restoration;
  • walking bridge replacement;
  • milepost replacement;
  • storm water runoff improvement
  • installation of a picnic area.
Picnic area

The M&PRPS recognizes the contributions of the Eagle scouts who performed these projects and wishes to continue this mutually beneficial relationship. Being an all volunteer organization has its challenges as our volunteers must focus our limited time and resources on high priority projects, leaving many smaller projects available for aresourceful Life Scout to use as his Eagle Project. We are happy to talk with Scouts about potential projects at Muddy Creek Forks.

Contact Information

For more information please visit our web site, or contact one of the following.

Website: www.MaandPaRailroad.com

Mark Blevins
Vice-President & Scouting Coordinator
(717) 309-1130
mark.c.blevins@gmail.com

Craig Sansonetti
President
(717) 862-3259 craig.sansonetti@maandparailroad.com