French and Indian War seminar series to begin at Conococheague Institute
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.