New Spring 2021 Hours @ Conococheague Institute

New Spring 2021 Hours @ Conococheague Institute

With the warmer weather and new staff, Conococheague Institute (CI) has new spring hours to give visitors more opportunity to learn and explore the site. Grounds and trails are open from dawn to dusk daily. The Visitors Center and Gift Shop are open Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM. When visiting the site, please park at the Welsh Barrens Visitor Center and look for the Welcome Board to orientate visitors to the site.

Historic programming is offered in the cabin & gardens on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 AM  to 5 PM. The CI Library and genealogy resources are by appointment, between 9 AM and 5 PM. Additional tours and education programs are also available by appointment, between 9 AM and 5 PM

On Fridays and Saturdays, experience CI Historic Warden and CI volunteers living life as  18th century frontier life in the cabin and gardens. With Spring in the air, the focus right now is on the Garden cultivation, but there is always something new to experience.

Also upcoming at CI is the Free Tree Planting experience. Click here to register. CI is collaborating with The Institute on Homeschool Days on April 29 and May 27. Individuals and groups of up to 60 are welcome. Please contact CI to book. Bookings include one nature and one history program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy between sessions.

Online Program Tells Story of Lee’s Retreat & Today’s Restored Battlefield

Online Program Tells Story of Lee’s Retreat & Today’s Restored Battlefield

Lee’s retreat from Gettysburg was plagued by thunderstorms and mud. With 50,000 troops to move to the safety of Virginia, and his 60 miles-long wagon train of wounded and supplies, his journey was arduous. There were two routes to Virginia.  The longer route extended west from Gettysburg through Cashtown Gap to Chambersburg, and from there south to Greencastle and on to the Potomac River at Williamsport, Maryland. The shorter and more direct route extended west to Fairfield, and up the mountain through Fairfield Gap and Monterey Gap, and then on to Hagerstown and Williamsport.

40 miles of wagon trains and infantry marched the shorter route, on winding mountain roads, in pouring rain, with poor visibility and mud. The wagons across Monterey consisted of Lieut. General Richard Ewell’s Corps Train and the Reserve Train of Major John Harman.

In the late hours of July 4, 1863 and the early hours of July 5, the retreating Confederate forces were forced to fight on the precarious mountain roads. This engagement, now known as the Battle of Monterey Pass, is the second largest Civil War battle fought on Pennsylvania soil, involving 10,000 Union and Confederate forces.

Join members of The Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield – Darwin Seiler, Lee Royer, and John Gorman – as they retell the story of the battle, and give you a video tour of the site today. Walk the mountain paths with your guide, enjoy the scenic views from visitor-friendly park trails, and explore the museum located on the site of the battle – all without leaving your comfortable armchair.

This presentation will run on the Facebook page of the Adams County Historical Society on April 1 at 7:00 pm.  This link will take you directly to the ACHS Facebook page. It will not be posted until April 1.

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Not able to watch live or want to watch it again?  Visit the ACHS YouTube channel to view this or any of our past virtual programs.

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Ancestry of Franklin County Log Architecture

Ancestry of Franklin County Log Architecture

Allison-Antrim Museum’s Virtual Speaker for March 2021 is architectural historian and author, Douglass Reed. ~ In March 2019, he presented a PowerPoint on “Ancestry of Franklin County Log Architecture.” Doug presented the four stages of log building development featuring, where possible, some of Franklin Co, PA’s and Washington Co, MD’s log cabins, houses, barns, and churches.

As each local building was shown, he talked about the local building features that have antecedents in Europe and where those features are most prevalent. ~ To watch the video, please visit this link:

Reed studied log houses and other types of log buildings since 1972. He has traveled most of the US and Canada, as well as almost every country in Europe, in his pursuit to understand the traditional log building technologies and where they were developed.  Reed apprenticed to Paul Lewis of the Catoctin Mountains for several years to learn the authentic methods of constructing a log cabin. Later he studied at George Washington University where he received his Masters and PhD. Reed has come to understand that most of what we have been taught over the last century concerning the quintessential American log cabin is mostly inaccurate and, therefore, poorly understood.

Join Allison-Antrim Museum for this enlightening talk about the world’s longest-used housing form and certainly one of the most romantically honored and yet humble structures the world has ever known. The late Ted Alexander introduced Doug.

Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc., 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA is currently “open by appointment” Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 717.597.9010

A new book has been installed on the StoryWalk® children’s story trail at Pine Hill Recreation Area off Mentzer Gap Road in Waynesboro. The park is open during daylight hours, and visiting the StoryWalk® is free. 

Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals, with illustrations by Ashley Wolff, was installed by The Institute, in partnership with Washington Township, Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library and the Waynesboro Area School District (WASD).

 “The weather is warming up, and we hope people will come out and enjoy this family-friendly activity, reading an adventure as they walk along the trail,” said Pam Rowland, an education director for The Institute.

 The StoryWalk® trail is at the top of the park (just past the Dunlap Family Skate Park), and is easily accessible and wheelchair friendly.

 The trail is open year-round, and plans call for a new book to be installed every month or two. Compost Stew will remain up through April.

 Participants should practice social distancing, giving others six feet of space, and follow official Covid-19 safety guidelines while in the park.

 The StoryWalk®  is sponsored by Kathy Helfrick and Jane Glenn, with additional support from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.

 The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars History Talks

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars History Talks

The next HISTORYtalk of the Civil War Seminars will be with Scott Patchan on March 30 at 7 p.m. EST via Zoom. His talk will be: Gen. David Hunter and the 1864 Lynchburg Campaign. Following his talk will be a Q&A period.

Talk Synopsis
The history of the Lynchburg Campaign and Maj. Gen. David Hunter has been told repeatedly through the spectrum of the “Lost Cause.” Hunter burns and pillages against innocent rebels on the way to Lynchburg where Gen. Thomas J. Jackson’s old Second Corps under Gen. Jubal Early drives off Hunter in a pitched battle. While it makes a righteous and provocative story line, does it match the full, documented reality of the campaign?

Scott Patchan will present Hunter’s Campaign for Lynchburg to you firmly grounded in the official records and contemporary sources. We will dicsuss the heroes and villains on both sides and assess the campaign in the larger picture of the war, and analyze what Gen. U. S. Grant had hoped to accomplish.

Cost is $5/person, and you will receive a login link upon registering. 

Sign up for the next HISTORYtalk here.