Covid-19 Update April 8th, 2021 - We are OPEN with Spring Hours: Historic Programming Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, Visitor Center and Gift Shop Saturdays 10am to 5pm. Additional programs/library/genealogy by appointment. Grounds and Trails are open daily from Dawn to Dusk.

Please visit safely, and follow all health and safety guidelines.

For more information, please contact Matthew Wedd at or call at 717-328-2800 and leave a voicemail.

A 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.

Inspiring the Next Generation

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.

Explore the Beauty of the Natural World

Enjoying the Conococheague Institute during COVID-19

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.

Dogs on the Old Welsh Cemetery Loop Trail


Save the Date - Events, Programs, and Lectures

Historic Programs in the Cabin and Gardens every Friday and Saturday

The Conococheague Book Club - Thursday 20th May 1pm

Join Moderator Gerry Fox in discussing Nathanial Philbrick's "Sea of Glory" about the US era of naval exploration. The Book Club meets every third Thursday at 1pm and is open to all. For more information contact

Exploring Nature and History Homeschool Day May 27th.

Exploring Nature & History flier spring 2021

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.

UPDATE! The April program went incredibly well. Thank you to those who attended! The May date is currently at 20 of 60 places. Contact us about the May booking now!

Contact for more information

Colonial Community Celebration - Saturday 29th May 10am - 5pm

Colonial Celebration

Bring your friends and family to a Colonial Celebration! An immersive day of fun on your local frontier awaits!

In the early 18th Century when the colonial frontier was being settled, a sense of community was incredibly important: people prospered because they joined together.

The same is true of the Conococheague Institute today, which is aided in its mission to preserve and interpret our Colonial heritage through Memberships and Donations.

To celebrate the last few days of our $50,000 Matching Campaign and to start up our Summer Season we will be holding a free special event with plenty of community activities for the whole family to enjoy.

On Saturday, May 29th, visit our site from 10am to 5pm and immerse yourself in the Colonial Atmosphere. Our Interpreters will be present in authentic period clothing to bring to life the various crafts, trades, activities, and chores and our Colonial ancestors.
Show us you are attending and add it to your calendar by clicking here.

Sewing Seamstresses Saturday- Saturday 5th June 11am - 4pm

Sewing Saturday

Women's roles in colonial America are often underrepresented. Join us in celebrating all the contributions that women made, and learn about the hardships they faced.

Our frontier farm makes the perfect location to highlight an everyday woman's life: From tending the kitchen garden, educating the children, laundry, keeping the hearth, and of course making and mending clothing.

Members of the local colonial sewing circle will be on site throughout the day practicing their craft. Working together as a group or on individual projects, they perform research based textile crafts and interpretation.

Learn more about this fascinating subject, enjoy the camaraderie, and perhaps even put in a few stitches yourself!

Show us you are attending and add it to your calendar by clicking here.

Looking for a Free Outdoor Activity to do with your Family?

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!

First Quarter 2021 Pioneer Times

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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