Members of the CVBA network and CI supporters are invited to partake in light drinks and snacks while enjoying this beautiful 30-acre site, or truly soak yourself in history by stepping into their 18th Century Tavern and try a genuine historic charcuterie, stew and perhaps even a drink tasting or two.
CI focuses on Culture and Nature, and so will celebrate the Welsh and Irish holidays (Saint David’s Day March 1st, Saint Patrick Day March 17th) with this mixer with meals and drinks inspired by both cultures. Contact us here, to RSVP.
Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, Guy Fawkes Day, Fall Fest or Harvest Festivals…
However you celebrate this time of year, come join us at the Conococheague Institute for a special evening celebration. Throughout the day 18th Century life will be on full display with cooking, games, crafts and song.
Bring a picnic supper and warm drinks and stay as the sun sets for a bonfire and candlelit tour of our historic structures.
This program will provide an immersive experience for visitors as they are transported back in time to the Frontier during the 18th Century.
Learn how the community celebrated together by joining in for several fun activities and presentations:
12pm to 6pm – Tombola: A chance to win some historic prizes in our Visitor Center with an instant-win Raffle.
12pm, 2pm and 4pm – A Penny for a Guy: Help stuff and make effigies (imagine a Scarecrow) for the evening Bonfire and learn about the history of this strange tradition.
3pm – Cricket: Our most popular program returns for one last huzzah! Show us your batting and bowling skills in a match to end the year!
5pm – Libations, Drinks and Taverns: Join us in the Ordinary to learn about why Cider and Whiskey could be so important to a fledgling farming community. Copies of original drink recipes will be available for adults to try out at home!
6.30pm – The Bonfire: Don’t miss this special moment as the Bonfire is lit and learn about the history of Bonfire Night!
7pm to 8pm: Relax with us and enjoy the ambience of a candlelit cabin, play card games or break out in song to your heart’s content!
This program is a fun and educational celebration event for families. No Alcohol will be served and children and pets are welcome.
Historic Programs in the Cabin and Gardens and Saturday
Every Saturday join our staff in the Historic areas of CI for some hands on programs.
With a focus on daily life in the 18th Century, you’re sure to learn something new every time.
Join us EVERY Saturday for the following programs on the hour:
The Kitchen Garden
Roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty! Learn about our kitchen garden and why they were an incredibly important part of frontier life in the 18th century. Lend a hand to our historic gardener by fetching water from our well, pulling weeds, picking fresh produce and smelling herbs that will be perfect for any cook in the kitchen! Your hard work may be rewarded with fresh seasonal produce.
At Home on the Frontier
Home is where you make it and for people on the Pennsylvania frontier those homes were made of logs. Join our interpreters in the log home and learn about daily life for the people of the frontier and what kinds of people lived here. Help out around the home by grabbing a broom, polishing our metals, or BEATING the dirt out of some soiled linens. There is much to do and many hands make quick work!
Garden to Table
In the 18th century, people ate with the seasons. Learn about the meals everyday people made using their kitchen gardens and what was in season. Smell what we have cooking or give the kettle a stir. How would you like cooking a meal in a smoky hearth over a hot fire?
Tools break and clothes tear, but this doesn’t mean they are thrown out. In the 18th century many would have had the skills to keep their belongings in good order. Join our interpreters in learning some hands on skills whether that be darning, sewing, mending, repairing or rebuilding. What did it take to keep up with the wear and tear of daily life on the frontier.
Stylin’ in the 18th Century
The settlers of the frontier may have been thousands of miles from the fashions of London or Paris, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have style. Learn about what it takes to be fashionable in the rural parts of the colonies. Try on the clothes of the era and snag a selfie!
Life on the frontier wasn’t all hard work. Gather at our Ordinary and blow off some steam. Learn about the role ordinaries and taverns played in their communities and try your hand at the games table. Join in a song and learn what it means to be a part of a frontier community.