Visitors can taste Christmas past at Rock Hill Farm

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
A Christmas tree in the Welsh Barrens Visitor Center at the Conococheague Institute shows a natural decorative touch.

WELSH RUN — The public can experience some old time Christmas cheer at The Conococheague Institute’s annual Christmas Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12,  on the Institute’s 30-acre historic farmstead, Rock Hill Farm, at 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg.

Each year, the open house presents the opportunity to see 17th and 18th century houses dressed in their holiday finest with hand-made decorations using natural objects grown and harvested within the site.

Visitors will be treated to tours of the historic houses and colonial games for children hosted by Miller’s Early American Games. Live period instrumental and vocal music will be performed in the houses by The Weavers, the Boscola Sisters and an a cappella gospel group from the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Mercersburg.

The unique holiday gifts, including locally made handcrafts, wooden toys and books by local authors, will be available in the Welsh Barrens Visitor Center gift shop.

Hot spiced apple cider, buckeye candy and Civil War applesauce cookies will be served during this free event.

For further information, call 717-328-3467 or email or visit for the full calendar of events.