Aug 10th

Reenactors prepare for skirmish at the 2009 event

Take a voyage back into the 18th century, as the Old Stone House presents its annual CONFLICT ON THE VENANGO PATH French and Indian War encampment August 14th and 15th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, on the grounds of the Old Stone House.  Admission is free.

Activities will include a complete living history encampment, military demonstrations, and battle re-enactments.  On Saturday, visitors can also enjoy a “taste of history” as cooks will prepare free samples of food from European and Native cultures using authentic colonial-era recipes and cooking methods.

The Venango Path was a well-known Indian trail that stretched from the forks of the Ohio northward toward Lake Erie, running past the current site of the Old Stone House.  The trail was used extensively during the French and Indian War.  Now, British, French and Native American forces will once again march along this famous trail!

“The French and Indian War was a pivotal event in our local history,” noted Dr. Aaron Cowan, curator of the Stone House and SRU history professor.  “During the 1750s, Western Pennsylvania was a major battleground in this explosive global conflict.  Our encampment offers the chance for people to enjoy learning more about this war, as well as seeing aspects of everyday colonial American life firsthand.”

Also, check out our Flickr slideshow from last year’s event!

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