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“Terror on the Conococheague” re-enacts 1756 abduction

MERCERSBURG - Visit the Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg,July 30 and 31 to commemorate the 260th anniversary of the attack on Fort McCord, the abduction of Jean Lowry and her family and the failed rescue attempt at the Battle of Sideling Hill.

There will be dozens of reenactors (nearly the same number as the actual event) depicting the frontier settlers, militia and Delaware Indians to reenact the events of April 1 and 2, 1756, which happened at the Rocky Spring Settlement/ Fort McCord and Sidling Hill Creek.

Each day at 3 p.m. the attack, abduction and failed rescue attempt will be depicted complete with the burning of the fort, which was little more than a fortified cabin.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can learn about the hardships and achievements of the people who settled the region and gain a better understanding of the area’s historical significance by stopping at living history displays. There will be a working blacksmith, a laundress, a spinner and weaver, among others, demonstrating their crafts of the mid-18th century.  A lecture describing the historical event will be held each day prior to the re-enactment.

All are invited to attend a recreated 18th century church service Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

Local historic sites, reenactor groups and historical societies represented will include: The Augusta Regiment, Weiser’s Battalion; J Beall’s Company of the Maryland Forces; Conococheague Ranging Company; Kittatinny Associators; Acorn Forge; Cat Schrif, laundress; Frontier Living History; Historical Hounds; Mea Clift, 18th century doctor; Melanie Desmond, linen processing; Native Reenactors; US Army Heritage and Education Center; Miller’s Early American Games; Fort Frederick, Fort Ligonier, Renfew Park, and the Cumberland County Historical Society.

The grounds and buildings will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. The gift and book shop will be open and will feature the book, "The Capture of Jean Lowry."

Admission is $5 for adults; children age 16 and underare admitted free. Bus tours are welcome, call for pricing. For more information call: 717-328-3467