Franklin County Visitors Bureau Spotlights Spring Into History Conococheague Settlement Frontier & Colonial Tour
Step back 300 years and explore the earliest settlements of Franklin with the Franklin County Visitors Bureau Spring Into History Frontier & Colonial Tour on April 6, 9 AM to 4 PM. Participants will meet at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center to begin the tour with a brief overview of early Franklin County and early America. The tour takes in sites of frontier settlement and raids by the native tribes. Living history portrayers at Conococheague Institute and Fort Loudoun. Learn about these early residents of the Cumberland Valley. Glimpse their lifestyle, culture, customs, and challenges.
Total cost of the tour is $50. Lunch is included along with several historical items and information pieces. Payments can be mailed to Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB), 15 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 or dropped at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center. Online registration is available here. Experience a new awareness of American history and gain respect for the frontier settlers in the Spring into History Conococheague Settlement Frontier & Colonial Tour.
Experience a new awareness of American history and gain respect for the frontier settlers in the Spring into History Conococheague Settlement Frontier & Colonial Tour.
About Conococheague Institute (CI)
Conococheague Institute at Rock Hill Farm is 30 acres of pristine farmland, meadows, and trails. It interprets the interactions between Native Americans, Scots-Irish, Welsh, and Germans, who all lived along the frontier. The land is typical of forested frontier land, used by the native tribes for foraging and hunting. Later the land was used to develop a village and used for farming.
About Fort Loudoun
Fort Loudoun is a British provincial fort, serving as a link in the supply and communication chain for the Forbes Expedition as it moved west, constructing the Forbes Road. It is known as a site of colonial rebellion ten years before Lexington and Concord. James Smith and 300 men took up arms to end the trading with native tribes, who used the hatchets and gun powder to attack settler. In 1980-1982, archaeological digs revealed the original site of the fort. Today, the replica fort depicts the history and events of the fort.
Parking is not metered on Saturday, so there is no need to add money to the meters. The Chambersburg Shopper’s Lot, located ½-block off South Main, provides ample parking.
To park in the Chambersburg Shopper’s Lot When Traveling West on Lincoln Way East
At the traffic lot where Lincoln Way East meets Main Street, be sure to get into the left lane. Proceed through the light, passing Central Presbyterian Church on the left. Immediately after passing the church and its annex is Black Avenue. Turn left onto Black Avenue and continue past the M&T drive-up. Parking is on the right, just after the drive up.
To park in the Chambersburg Shopper’s Lot When Traveling East on Lincoln Way West
US Rt. 30 becomes Loudon Street. After passing over the bridge at the Southgate Mall, it will become Queen Street and crosses the Rail Trail. Stay in the left lane and turn left onto Black Avenue. Turn left into the Shopper’s Lot.