Covid-19 Update June 28th, 2020

In a continued effort to maintain staff and visitor safety during the current COVID-19 circumstances, our buildings will remain closed to the public. During this time we will be focusing on exhibit redesign, program development, and new experiences for the future. However, our Grounds and Gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk, and parking is free. Walking tours are available near all parking areas, self-guided Interpretive wayside panels around the site give a wealth of information, and several hiking trails and open areas are available. When visiting please continue to follow CDC and local health guidelines and remain safe. Thank you for your consideration, and understanding.

Walk Back in Time

The Conococheague Institute is a hands-on regional learning center. We are headquartered within Rock Hill Farm, a well-preserved historic farmstead that was established in the early 18th century in southern Franklin County, Pennsylvania, near the village of Welsh Run. Our 30-acre site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes two historic house museums with outbuildings, a research library, two relocated historic log structures, walking trails with access to a pioneer cemetery, and several historic gardens.

Our Mission

The mission of the Conococheague Institute is to develop and foster awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. The Institute strives to achieve its mission through education, research, and preservation.

Enjoying the Conococheague Institute during COVID-19

While our buildings still remain closed to the public, now is a great time to visit the Conococheague Institute. With over 30 acres of a remote rural landscape, you can escape the crowds and enjoy nature's beauty. For Birding enthusiasts, our viewing platform over our wetlands area contains a wealth of healthy bird species from Redwing Blackbirds to our more extravagant Peacocks.

Our Grounds are dog friendly, so enjoy walking your furry friend around our Cemetery Trail Loop (which crosses the Welsh Run three times), or enjoy the shade under our tree line walk.

Nature hasn't taken a break during COVID-19 so check out the flowers in bloom throughout the grounds, or smell the herbs in our Four Square Garden.

Though internal Exhibits are closed, History doesn't stop! We now have walking tours and information packets at dispensers near each parking area, and our Interpretive Wayside panels give a rich history of the Buildings and their story. We are also endeavoring to release virtual programs every Sunday - So Check out our Facebook page for more information!

As we continue to adapt, we hope to offer more outdoor programs such as Living History Demonstrations, History Hikes, and more. Again follow our Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

Announcements

New Operations Manager

The Conococheague Institute is pleased to introduce Matthew Wedd as the site’s new Operations Manager. With more than ten years of experience in historical education and preservation, Matthew will use his formidable skills to oversee further development and growth for the Conococheague Institute and its mission to develop and foster awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.
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Side Tracks of History Book Club

Due to the Covid-19 closure, the Side Tracks of History Book Club is not currently holding meetings.
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