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July 18, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Old Stone House restages French and Indian War

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those who enjoy re-living history, or learning about it for the first time, are invited to return to the 18th century Aug. 9-10 to participate in the annual "Conflict on the Venango French and Indian War Encampment" at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House.

The program will run10 a.m. to 5 p.m. opening day, and 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., Aug. 10.

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

Period craftsmen and traders will set up displays showcasing colonial-era living.

Visitors can enjoy a "taste of history" as cooks prepare free samples of food from European and Native American cultures using authentic colonial-era recipes and cooking methods.

The Venango Trail was a well-known Indian path that stretched 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.

The event will feature British, French and Native American forces marching along the famous trail.

This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

The Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173, three miles south of Slippery Rock.

The historic site, a onetime stagecoach stop and tavern, is owned and operated by Slippery Rock University.

For further information, visit:, or call Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history and museum curator, at 724.738.2409.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.