French and Indian War seminar series to begin at Conococheague Institute

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Road, will hold a series of

French and Indian War seminars throughout 2011. The five seminars focus on

European migration in the Conococheague Settlement in the 1700s.

The first seminar is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 in the Welsh Barrens

Visitors Center.  Local historian Dan Guzy from Mercersburg is the speaker

for the first seminar in the 2011 series. Entitled ³18th and early 19th

Century Navigation on the Upper Potomac River and its Tributaries,² Guzy

will present the history of in-river navigation on the Potomac River from

Colonial times through the operation of George Washington¹s Potomac Company.

According to Guzy, early settlers used canoes, batteaux, and flatboats to

first ship trade goods, then French & Indian War supplies, and lastly flour,

iron and other goods along the Upper Potomac and its tributaries, including

Conococheague Creek and the Monocacy and Shenandoah rivers.

The cost for the seminar is $15 and advance registration is required.  A box

lunch will be offered for $8. Registrations for this program can be made by

calling Conococheague Institute at 717-328-3467.

The remaining programs in the series will be April 9, Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and

Nov. 12. All of the seminars will be held in the Welsh Barrens Visitors

Center on Bain Road in Mercersburg.

There is a $15 fee for each seminar and advance registration is required.

Conococheague Institute was founded in 1994 to help maintain the rich

history of the Welsh Run area and the farm known as Rock Hill.