The 40th anniversary of the Mason-Dixon Trail System will occur in 2019. As
All of the documentation that we had come across until recently stated that the Mason-Dixon Trail (originally known as the Brandywine-Susquehanna Trail) was first discussed in April, 1979. After some organizational meetings it was chartered and incorporated in September, 1979. The organization then grew from there. Or so we thought.
In January, 2017 Ron Gray came across a collection of letters and other documents that were written by board members of the Wilmington Trail Club as far back as 1975 advocating a foot traffic trail at first from the Brandywine River in Pennsylvania to the Susquehanna River in Maryland. Later, this was expanded to Wrightsville, PA and finally to Whiskey Spring west of Dillsburg, PA.
There are some images of these documents accompanying this article. Please pardon the typos. So the Wilmington Trail Club was credited with getting the ball rolling in establishing the Mason-Dixon Trail. They got interest in the trail started and contributed to the building of the M-DT.
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