Regular Events at The Conococheague Institue

Living History

On the second weekend of September each year, the Conococheague Institute is transformed into a living history museum through the Rural History Festival @ Rock Hill Farm. At this event, costumed interpreters populate the site to demonstrate the evolution of agriculture in the area from 1730s - 1945. The event includes living historians portraying different centuries, demonstrations of farm activity, children's period games, and entertainment. Period sutlers round out the family-focused and educational event. The site and its historically accurate gardens play a significant role in setting the stage for the re-enactments and demonstrations.


The Institute administers a speaker series, sometimes supplemented by motor coach tours and publications and exhibits, thereby providing a venue in which scholars share original research particularly concerning the social and military history of the Conococheague Institute, and linking to other eras of the human record. The series is usually held at the Institute’s Visitors Center, the “Welsh Barrens.” Lecture topics and titles since 2008 have encompassed issues such as transportation, agriculture, frontier defense, local folk hero James Smith, geography and architecture. Lecturers have also led motor coach and bicycle tours of the area contiguous to Rock Hill Farm on themes of the French & Indian War-era forts and military accomplishments of Colonel Henry Bouquet.

Sidetracks of History Book Club

Third Thursday of every month

Christmas Open House

Held the 2nd Saturday in December

End of Starvation Feast

Held the first Saturday in April, featuring colonial frontier foods. Fee charged, reservations required.