First Colonial Farm Faire

New event features arrowhead making and other culture of the period

New event features arrowhead making and other culture of the period

August 11, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

WELSH RUN, Pa. - Conococheague Institute will hold its first Colonial Farm Faire this weekend with craft demonstrations, lectures, music and colonial games for children.

John Stauffer, founder and president of the historic organization, came up with the idea of having the fair to help the historic organization educate people about the area's history, said Gay Buchanan, a committee member for the event.

The institute's goal is to educate people about the cultural heritage and history of Welsh Run, a hamlet between Mercersburg, Pa., and Greencastle, Pa. That heritage includes Welsh, German and Scotch-Irish roots and the history includes American Indian activity, Buchanan said.


The fair will feature someone making arrowheads the way the Indians made them and guest speaker Carla Messinger, from the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, Pa., talking about the Lenape Indians.

On Saturday, the institute will unveil an oil painting of what Henry Pawling's tavern would have looked like in 1750. The tavern was a stopover for pack horses and wagon trains traveling from Harrisburg, Pa., to Williamsport, Buchanan said.

Later, a state marker will be posted at the corner of Williamsport Pike and Milnor Road, southwest of Greencastle, where the tavern once stood.

Craft demonstrations include bobbin lacemaking, quiltmaking, woodcarving, chair caning and spinning.

Also on the schedule for the weekend are Tales from the Frontier, Facts & Funnies of Local History, A Day in the Life of a Colonist and the story of a girl kidnapped by American Indians, according to the schedule and Buchanan.

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If you go ...

WHAT: Conococheague Institute's first Colonial Farm Faire

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14

WHERE: Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Road, Welsh Run, Pa.

COST: Free. Donations accepted.

DIRECTIONS: Take Md. 58 (Salem Avenue, which turns into Cearfoss Pike) to the Cearfoss Circle. Get on Md. 63 north (Greencastle Pike), which turns into Pa. 416 (Mercersburg Pike). Go about seven miles on Pa. 416 to Welsh Run, Pa. At the only intersection in Welsh Run, turn left on Welsh Run Road (Pa. 995). Go about a mile. Turn left on Bain Road. Go about half a mile. There will be signs for the event.

For more information, call 1-717-328-3467.

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