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July 17, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

French and Indian War re-enactment recalls Old Stone House's connection

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The annual re-enactment of the French and Indian War, "Conflict on the Venango Path," will be presented Aug. 11-12 at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House.

The program opens at 10 a.m. both days, concluding at 5 p.m., Aug. 11, and 4 p.m., Aug. 12. The public event includes a suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

Activities will include a complete living-history encampment, military demonstrations and battle re-enactments.

Period craftsmen and traders will set up unique displays showcasing colonial-era living. 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 stretching from the forks of the Ohio River 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.

"Now, British, French and Native American forces will once again march along this famous trail," said Aaron Cowan, SRU assistant professor of history and Old Stone House curator.

"The French and Indian War was a pivotal event in our local history," Cowan said. "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."

The Old Stone House is located in northern Butler County at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173.

The historic site is owned and managed by SRU. For more information, visit: