For the last decade the Conococheague Institute has held a Colonial Fair every September. It was a good event, but it only looked at the years of the French and Indian War in the 1750s. However, we have so much more history in this area to share with visitors.
Did you know that the Rock Hill Farm, the site of the Con-ococheague Institute, was an active farm from the 1750s to the 1990s? The old fair missed out on over 200 years of our history. So, we have created a new event: the “Rural History Festival at Rock Hill Farm” (RHF@RHF) that will pick up where the old Colonial Fair left off. This September 12th and 13th the new festival will kick off.
So what can you expect? The new festival will look at lives of the people who lived in the area from the 1750s to the mid-20th century. It will be spread across the CI site and will focus on the Native Peoples and their use of the land; the pre-Revolutionary War era and early farming by the settlers; the American War of Independence and how that affected farming; the 1820s and the effect of the Industrial Revolution on rural communities; and the Civil War to the 20th century and its changing effect on horses and other domestic animals. You will also find children’s games, food vendors, craft demonstrations, displays, music and more.
Want to be a part of this new event? We can use your help. We need people who do demonstrations, give talks, or set up displays that relate to farming and rural life. You can be a costumed reenactor or just come in your modern clothes. If you are willing to help or know someone that is, let us know. You can contact me at email@example.com.
We are looking for people who can display tractors and other farm equipment, who can demonstrate crafts such as quilting, woodworking, milking or shearing, making apple cider or apple butter or other crafts (you can even sell your wares if you demonstrate). We are also looking for people who can give talks about rural subjects such as heirloom gardening, changes in farming over the years or food in wartime. If you had a Victory Garden or remember rationing now is the time to share your memories with the younger generations. If you have an idea for a display or demonstration let me know.
It’s going to be a great event and we hope to see you there as a volunteer or visitor on September 12th and 13th.