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Renfrew opens for the season with art and tours

WAYNESBORO - Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St, Waynesboro, will kick off its open season 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, with free walk-through tours and the opening of Renfrew's Spring Art Exhibit in the Wagon Shed Room in the Visitors Center.

Titled “Back in the Good Old Days,” the show features paintings and photographs from throughout the Cumberland Valley with subjects such as summer kitchens, smoke houses, spring houses, blacksmith shops, old mills, wagon sheds and fruit cellars, and implements used in those categories.

Among the artists are Don Norris of Hollidaysburg; Patrick Brezler, Evie Cook Sue Downin, Wayne Gunnelston, Virginia Hair, Jean Harshman, Janette Koons and Connie Vloutely of Waynesboro; Charles H Brown of Chambersbug; John Meek and Laura Shindle of Greencastle; Linda Kane-Taylor of Biglerville; George Brent of Fairfield; John Neal Mullican of Sharpsburg; and Becky Dietrich of Mont Alto.

A special addition to the show from the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library will be a triptych painted of three millstones when they were in the courtyard of the library before the new addition was added. The painting was donated by artist Becky Dietrich some years ago and is on loan to Renfrew Museum just for this exhibit. The entire collection of the library’s millstones was donated last year to Renfrew and is on display on the grounds of the park. The library also donated its original summer kitchen, which has been rebuilt near Renfrew's visitors center.

The show will continue through June 25. There will be a reception to meet the artists at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16.

Also April 16, the museum is once again a part of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau's "Spring Into History" event. Spring Into History invites the public to visit any of 20 Franklin County sites highlighting various aspects of American heritage and culture, all of which will be free and open to the public for the day.

Participants can explore individually at their own pace or join a caravan tour which includes a 12-passenger van with a guide.

For more details, to learn the meeting location of each tour or to sign-up for the caravan tours, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866-646-8060 or visit

For more information on Renfrew's opening day, call 717-762-4723 or visit