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.
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.
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.
Even when the buildings 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!
We recently started adding all our videos to Youtube. Check them out at Colonial Living at the Conococheague Institute.
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.
Living History Programs - Every Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Woods, Wattles and Water Studies - Sat and Sun 17th and 18th April, 10 am to 4 pm.
Join us on April 17th and 18th from 10 am to 4 pm as we celebrate a Weekend of Nature!
Thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's K10Million trees project, CI has 150 trees to plant in our Woodlot as part of the Riparian Stream Buffer.
Join us in learning about the importance of trees as we work to ensure a healthier environment.
In addition, throughout the day:
-Join guest Educators "The Institute" and the Waterstriders in learning all about the amazing world of Macroinvertebrates
-Step in our Garden and discover Colonial Recycling! Our Historic Warden will be leading visitors in constructing Wattles, Trellises, and other vegetable support using nothing more than old sticks
-Other activities, exhibits, and Gift shop will be available throughout the weekend.
Note: Covid safety guidelines will be enforced for the safety of all participants
Exploring Nature and History Homeschool Day April 29th or May 27th.
In an exciting collaboration with the Institute (of Nature and Culture) we are now accepting bookings for our first Homeschool Day. You may book as an individual or group (we have a cap of 60) and places are filling up fast.
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Stop by the porch of the Visitor Center where boxes contain Children's 'Explorer' activity packs. This free activity pack is a great way for families with young children to enjoy History and Nature at CI. You can even download and print it off at home and bring it with you next time you visit!
Interested in learning more about the recent happenings at CI? One of the Membership Perks is our insider Quarterly Newsletter "The Pioneer Times". First Quarter Pioneer Times
Standard COVID-19 Policies will apply. By staging all public activities outside, proper social distancing will allow maximum enjoyment and safety for all. If you cannot maintain a 6 ft distance from someone, please follow CDC and State Guidelines and wear a face mask.
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To stay up to date on the progress here at the Conococheague Institute, make sure to follow our Facebook page...or stop by and see the progress yourself!