Bringing Colonial History to Life, Conococheague Institute

Bringing Colonial History to Life, Conococheague Institute

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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:
10:00 AM
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.
11:00 AM
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!
12:00 PM
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?
1:00 PM
Making New
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.
2:00 PM
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!
3:00 PM
Pleasant Diversions
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.
For more information
Renfrew Museum and Park, Farmstead Taste & Tour

Renfrew Museum and Park, Farmstead Taste & Tour

Treat yourself or someone special to a delicious farm-to-table dining experience at Renfrew Museum and Park. Our Farmstead Taste & Tour program offers guests the opportunity to sample seasonal, locally sourced fare inspired by the traditions of our historic Pennsylvania German farmstead.
Your meal will be hosted in Renfrew’s Wagon Shed Room inside our converted Victorian barn. Servers dressed in authentic early 19th century period clothing will wait upon you with old-fashioned hospitality.
Start with a hearty coursed meal of salad, soup, and a selection of fresh-baked breads accompanied by Dutch Valley preserves and creamy, churned butter followed by a trio of sandwiches. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the farmstead outbuildings and 1812 stone Museum House, then return for a scrumptious dessert.
Our menu changes seasonally and reflects the rhythms of life on the farm. Produce is sourced from Greensburg Farms, Hagerstown, MD and prepared by our friends at Keystone Family Restaurant, Waynesboro, PA.
View menus and make your reservation Here
Three-Hour Program Package from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Select 2021 Dates Only:
Tuesday, March 16
Friday March 19
Wednesday, August 18
Friday, August 20
Tuesday, December 7
Friday, December 10
Tuesday, December 14
Friday, December 17