Covid-19 Update August 8th, 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, unless otherwise specified during Special Events. 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 and Childrens Explorer Packs 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.

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

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.

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.