Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program at Conococheague Institute

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program at Conococheague Institute

Wednesday July 18th, 2021 * 10:00 AM
Join the Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program for a nature story, nature craft, interactive nature walk, explore colonial history and more trails.
As the warm weather is fast approaching, we are asking that you please bring your own water bottles.
RAIN DATE: JULY 29th at 10:00 AM
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 mwedd@ci.org to book. Bookings include one nature and one history program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy between sessions.

Communiuty Day at Fort Loudoun

Communiuty Day at Fort Loudoun

Fort Loudon Historical Society invites history lovers and anyone who wants to help build a fort to join Fort Loudoun Historical Society at Community Work Day on Saturday, March 30, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Volunteers and community members, close and distant, are invited to a spring clean-up of historic Fort Loudoun.

Fort Loudoun is the site of colonial rebellion ten years before the traditionally recognized beginning of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord. In March 1765 and May 1765, James Smith and the Black Boys captured and burned contraband supplies—those items that could be used to attack the frontiersmen and their families. The traders sought help from the British at Fort Loudoun. Each incident brought confrontation between James Smith, his Black Boys, and the British soldiers of Fort Loudoun. The British captured the Black Boys; but when the men were released, the British did not return the captured colonist’s guns—nine in all and a major point of contention to the frontiersmen.

On November 16, 1765, tensions peaked, and James Smith and the Black Boys fired on Fort Loudoun again and again. The British had little ammunition on hand, so the men were ordered not to fire. During the siege, the British soldiers only fired one return shot. After two days of attack, a surrender of the frontiersmen’s weapons was arranged, and in return, James Smith and the Black Boys ceased the attack of Fort Loudoun. The British abandoned Fort Loudoun.

Community Work Day is a great way to learn and experience the historic site of Fort Loudoun. Work includes brush removal, elimination of invasive tree species, painting, raking, and beautifying the site grounds. Fort Loudoun is an all-volunteer historical society and depends on donations of labor to function.

A lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact: If you are Projectmanager@fortloudounpa.com.

Fort Loudoun Colonial Days

Fort Loudoun Colonial Days

Fort Loudoun Historical Society invites all to Colonial Day at Fort Loudoun on Saturday June 16th, 9am to 3pm. Fort Loudoun was a provincial fort built in 1756 by the Colony of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian war and served as an important supply depot in the line of forts along the Forbes Road.  It was the site of the Cherokee Council with Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1758 and site of James Smith’s Black Boys Rebellion in 1765 which was depicted in the 1939 Film “Allegheny Uprising” starring John Wayne.

The event, sponsored by Fort Loudoun Historical Society, is free and family friendly.  Smell the campfires and hearth cooking, see log hewing and blacksmithing, and hear the tales of the 18th century frontier.  Demonstrations will be happening all day; fort repair by the Kittatinny Associators, blacksmithing by Mark Heckman, open hearth cooking by Rich Fox, axe throwing by Rob Schmelzlen, colonial farming and livestock by Dale Zimmerman, fiber arts by Bev Sanders, Native American Culture by Deb “Turtle” Swartz, and 18th Century medicine by Dr. Lee Davis.  Three lectures on topics related to Fort Loudoun:

  • 10 AM – History of Fort Loudoun by Andrew Newman
  • 11 AM – Native American Dress & Customs by Deb “Turtle” Swartz
  • 1 PM – Indian Raids on the Frontier by Calvin Bricker

For kids only, there will be a scavenger hunt and other activities. Children complete tasks, receive an award and compete for a chance to the win the grand prize drawing held at the Patton House at 3 PM.

Food, snacks, drinks and merchandise available for purchase from gift shop in the Patton House.

The Fort Loudoun Historical Society, a 501c3 tasked with managing and interpreting the fort site, is in the process of rebuilding the fort and making improvements.  It is launching a “Buy a Log” campaign to help close the gap on funding the project.  Be part of the fort’s future.

Renfrew Museum Host Harriet Lane Presentation With Bob O’Connor

Renfrew Museum Host Harriet Lane Presentation With Bob O’Connor

Bob O’Connor will make a presentation entitled Harriet Lane -The First Lady of Washington at Renfrew Museum and Park on Sunday, June 10 at 2 pm. The 45-minute program will consist of the history of Harriet Lane and her ties to the Pennsylvania area and her impact in Washington. Lane was the niece of James Buchanan who served as the 15th President of the United States. Since Buchanan wasn’t married Lane served as the official hostess for the White House during his Presidential term.

O’Connor, who lives in Charles Town, WV, is an historian who travels and shares his passion for history. While serving as Director of Tourism in Washington County, Maryland O’Connor became involved in touring historical sites such as Antietam Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He shares Civil War history with groups of all ages and travels cross country to make presentations.

O’Connor’s interest in history was sparked on a 1958 trip to Galesburg, IL where he attended the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Carl Sandburg was the featured speaker. O’Connor worked full-time and part-time as a newspaper reporter, and at various jobs — many that required writing press releases, news articles, or reports. He published his first article when he was in 7th grade – in an Illinois Historical Society for junior high students.

The Harriet Lane presentation is free to the public and will take place in the Wagon Shed Room located inside the Visitors Center. O’Connor will have his books for sale. To learn more about O’Connor please visit his webpage at www.boboconnorbooks.com. For a complete listing of Renfrew Museum and Park’s calendar of events please visit www.renfrewmuseum.org.