In accordance with guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the office of Gov. Wolf, we have decided to immediately close the Conococheague Institute’s site at Rock Hill Farm. This closure will remain in effect until further directives are issued indicating safe conditions for reopening tourism sites in our area.

This decision was made after much discussion and with thoughtful consideration for the health and wellbeing of our valued members, visitors, staff, and the community we share. We apologize for any disappointment and inconvenience.

During these uncertain times, we hope we can all draw on the best of human qualities. Please reject rumors and follow the advice of medical leaders to protect you and your families and neighbors.

Remain calm and vigilant, and we can all get through this together. During this closure, communication is an important part of coping. We will be communicating with you about any changes.

Please visit our website: for updates, plus a wealth of archived photos and reference materials. There is a link to become member or to renew your membership with CI and much more. We will also be regularly posting on our Facebook page. And as always, you may also renew your membership by mailing a check payable to “Conococheague Institute”. Our various membership levels are detailed on the website.

Please note: during our closure there is ABSOLUTELY NO BUILDING ACCESS, INCLUDING OUR OFFICE.

Thank you for your understanding. We hope to all be together soon and we wish you good health.

Conococheague Institute for the Study of Cultural Heritage

Contact Us: 12995 Bain Road Mercersburg, PA 17236 Ph: (717) 328-3467 or 717-328-2800

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 our mission through education, research and preservation.

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.

Matthew previously worked as a Historical Interpreter at Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, Maryland, and as a Historical Custodian at Old Sarum Castle in Salisbury, United Kingdom. In these roles, he focused on informal education and providing meaningful cultural experiences to the public, program and exhibit development, natural resources cultivation, and volunteer coordination.

Regarding his new role, Matthew shares, "I look forward to working alongside the board of directors, staff and volunteer team, and our community partners, to better enrich visitor's enjoyment and appreciation of this unique site. With historic homes, idyllic walks, birding, and other nature opportunities, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy at the Conococheague Institute.


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