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.

Conococheague Institute Names New Board

Conococheague Institute Names New Board

The Board of Directors of the Conococheague Institute at the historic Rock Hill Farm in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that it has elected its new slate of Officers for 2021. The following Board Officers were elected unanimously in the Board’s January Meeting:

Betsey Lillard – President

Chuck Holland – Vice President

Josh Faust – Treasurer

Bob Schwartz – Secretary

Former Board President Carol Zehosky’s term having expired she was extremely happy to hand over the reins to such talented successors.  Having seen CI through some interesting years (including a Global Pandemic), Zehosky was glad to be able to end her term with the organization being stronger than ever, both financially and in terms of its staff, programming, and member engagement. “With this talented leadership team, I have every confidence that CI is well-positioned for future success.”

Lillard is a long-time resident of Washington County, MD, and enjoyed a career in the medical profession where she always strove to provide excellent communication with patients. A supporter of the arts and numerous charities such as the Friends of Fort Frederick where she served as chairperson of the 250th Anniversary Celebration of the fort.

Lillard also has a family connection to CI, as founder Dr. John Stauffer recently reminded her- that he and Lillard’s father were both in Boy Scouts together as youngsters as well as being colleagues as physicians. “I look forward to assisting in bringing CI up to its full potential- now and into the future” Lillard said at her confirmation.

2021 will be Vice Presidents Holland’s second year after he stepped up to the title last summer but his background in business leadership makes him a steady rock of support: and someone to count on when a job needs doing.

Faust and Schwartz will be serving their first year as Officers having been elected to the Board by the General Membership in October 2020, but have already instigated a lot of positive changes to the organization as well as their countless volunteer hours. In addition to serving as Treasurer and Secretary, Faust and Schwartz demonstrate the new energy of the next generation of pioneers. As well as their Board Offices, they both will be spearheading History and Nature volunteer management and training in 2021 (Faust is a passionate Historic Interpreter, and Schwartz an Environmental advocate and professional forester) to ensure that CI’s dedicated volunteer corp can serve the public in programming and education to their best degree.

The Board Officers Election is but one more step in expanding CI’s Frontier. With new growth and direction, CI looks forward to bringing the Cultural and Natural Resources of the site to a wider audience than ever before. For more information about CI go to, or show your support by joining their ever-expanding Membership for 2021.