July 30, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU's Old Stone House hosts 'Conflict on the Venango Path'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Old Stone House, managed by Slippery Rock University, will offer visitors a chance to glimpse the 18th century when it presents its annual "Conflict on the Venango Path" French and Indian War Encampment Aug. 14-15.
The free event will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Activities will include a living history encampment, military demonstrations and battle re-enactments. Opening day will offer a "taste of history" with cooks providing 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. It ran past the current site of the Old Stone House, which remains one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks.
The trail was used extensively by military troops during the French and Indian War. The weekend will include British, French and Native American forces marching along the famous trail.
"The French and Indian War was a pivotal event in our local history," said Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history at SRU and Old Stone House curator. "During the 1750s, western Pennsylvania was a major battleground in this explosive global conflict. Our encampment will offer the chance 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. For further information, visit http://www.oldstonehousepa.org, or contact Cowan at 724-738-2409.
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