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Reunion 2018

If you don't recount your family history, it will be lost. Honor your own stories and tell them too. The tales may not seem very important, but they are what binds families and make each of us who we are. Madeline L'Engle

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JULY 18TH - JULY 21ST, 2018
Fulton Steamboat Inn
2510 Lincoln Hwy. East (Route 30)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602

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signPhenomenal could be the best way to describe the Descendants of Marie Ferree Reunion 2018. We were in an awesome new location, there were several new attendees, and speakers were interesting and informative as they shared results of their research relating to the Ferree family history and ancestry. During guided tours at two historic sites we learned about the early history of the Lancaster area. A stop for lunch at an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch smorgasbord was great. At the picnic on the last day, a play entitled "Madame Ferree, This Is Your Life" was presented. It was entertaining and a befitting way to close the reunion.
 
fluteAs we gathered for the Thursday Conference Day Program we were welcomed by a medley of Stephen Collins Foster music. The program began with a beautiful and touching memorial ceremony honoring the memory of Daniel & Marie Ferree and their family. A candle was lit for Daniel & Marie and a rose placed on a wreath for each of the children. The wreath was later taken to Carpenter's Cemetery and placed on Madame's grave.
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At the close of the Thursday Conference Day morning session, we gathered in the hotel dining room to enjoy a delicious sit down, served family style, all you can eat lunch.
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The bus tour on Friday took us first to the Ephrata Cloister where we were given a guided tour of the buildings and grounds. We learned about life in the "Community of the Solitary" dating back to the early 1700's and Pennsylvania's original role as a "Holy Experiment" in the New World.
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Following our visit to the Ephrata Cloister we stopped at the Bird-in-Hand Restaurant for a Pennsylvania Dutch smorgasbord lunch. Our next stop was the Amish House & Farm. As we entered we were seated in a room, men on one side and women on the other while our guide told us about the history of the Amish, their religion, traditions, and clothing. There was a guided tour of the house and time for a self-guided tour of the farm to explore various barns and outbuildings.

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The Saturday indoor picnic was great. The rain outside did not dampen the spirit inside. We were entertained with a play entitled "Madame Ferree, This is Your Life" performed by reunion attendees. After a lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs, and salads, the afternoon was spent socializing and the reunion was formally closed.
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Our next Ferree Descendants Reunion will be held in 2020. An invitation is extended to all members of the Ferree, LeFevre, and Faulkner families, their extended families, and to any and all who may have an interest in learning more about the Ferree family history and/or genealogy. Come experience the camaraderie and enjoy Ferree family fellowship.
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