2016 Special Events

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May 28, 2016

Community Open House!

Saturday, May 28, 2:00-6:00 pm

To kick of the 2016 summer season, the Old Stone House welcomes the public to a “Community Open House” on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the grounds of the Old Stone House.

This event is open and free to the public, with suggested donations of $3 per person. Visitors can tour the Stone House, try open-hearth cooking samples, speak with historical reenactors, and try their hands at period crafts like butter churning and candle dipping.

Other attractions include firing and drill demonstrations by Civil War reenactors from the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and live music from various historical periods .

Historian Brady Crytzer, a 2010 graduate of Slippery Rock University and author of numerous books including Major Washington’s Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt: A Frontier History, and Guyasuta and the Fall of Indian America, will speak at 3:00 pm on the “The People of Empire: Indians and Colonists on the Pennsylvania Frontier.” Crytzer’s books will also be available for sale and signing.


June 11, 2016

Jeep Fest

Saturday, June 11:  9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 11: 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.


All are welcome to come check out the Jeep Fest vehicles or come to check out the Old Stone House.  The Old Stone House will host tours and activities for the Jeep Fest participants and any visitors throughout the day.  We invite you to be part of the excitement!

If you are a jeep enthusiast or want to participate in the Jeep Fest please refer to:


July 16, 2016

Jennings Bloomfest

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

The Old Stone House is joining Jennings Environmental Education Center’s “Celebrate the Bloom!” festivities by presenting a community open house on the grounds of the Old Stone House.  Visitors will have a chance to tour the grounds and to experience 18th century crafts like butter churning and candle dipping. Visitors can also enjoy a “taste of history” as cooks will provide open hearth cooking demonstrations and serve free samples of food using authentic colonial-era recipes and cooking methods.  This event is open and free to the public, with suggested donations of $3 per person or $5 per family. 


July 25-27, 2016

History Extravaganza Kid’s Day Camp










Open to kids age 6-10, this 3-day history experience offers kids an entertaining and educational opportunity to learn about the past! Historically accurate games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and colonial cooking experiences will give kids a hands-on experience and nurture an appreciation for early American history!  Lunch provided each day.

To register, click here.  Registration deadline is Friday July 15 – space is limited, so reserve your child’s spot now!

August 13 -14, 2016

French and Indian War Weekend

Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM & Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Photo courtesy of John M. Jones

The Venango Trail was a well-known Indian path 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 by military troops during the French and Indian War.  On this particular weekend in August, British, French and Native American forces will once again march along this famous trail. Activities will include a complete living history encampment, military demonstrations, and battle re-enactments.

For further information contact Dr. Cowan at 724-738-2409.

The Whole Month of October Slippery Rock University’s Stone House for Public Humanities presents “Humanities: It’s All About You!”

Check out the flyer here for more details: october-event-flyer

October 28, 2016

Spooky Stories: Halloween Meets History

Friday October 28 , 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Slippery Rock’s historic Old Stone House will host its “Spooky Stories” Halloween festivities this fall, with plenty of thrills and chills for visitors of all ages.

This year’s program will feature several improvements over past years – especially with more dynamic storytelling elements.

In addition to storytelling, the Old Stone House will also offer a variety of fun activities, including an educational program led by educators from Jennings Environmental Education Center, face painting,candle dipping, an apple cider press demonstration, and multiple story telling events including story telling from Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, a Edgar Allen Poe story telling, and hearth made sugar cookies!

PLEASE NOTE: Admission will be charged this year: $5/person.  All proceeds support the Old Stone House and its community programs.


Watch for more events to come…


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