A global conflict unfolded throughout 1755, following George Washington’s 500 mile wintertime expedition into the Pennsylvania frontier in 1753 and his subsequent surrender at Fort Necessity the following Summer. Young Colonel Washington’s actions would serve as the initial spark of the French & Indian War, itself only one component (the North American theatre) of the globe-spanning Seven Years’ War that would ignite the world. Within months, the great European powers – including Britain, France, Prussia, Russia, Spain and Sweden (to name a few) - would be engaged in a conflict spanning five continents and embroiled in battles both on land and sea to determine global supremacy; a true War for Empire. A living history event titled, “1755-1763 – Clashing Nations Mired in World War” will be held at the Fairgrounds in Cochranton, Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, 2017. An acclaimed group of authors, historians, re-enactors and living historians will stage two full days of presentations and exhibits to explore this pivotal time period and the events that happened both in northwestern Pennsylvania and around the world.Read more
Reenactor Encampments & Living History Demonstrations
Mercyhurst University Archaeological Institute
Artifact Exhibitions & Displays
Living History First Person Portrayals
Historical artwork displays by leading artists
Book Signings, including Douglas Cubbison, Matt Wulff, and Ervin Stutzman
On-Site Food & Beverage
Explore all aspects of the French and Indian War, including the competing powers, strategies, people, and pivotal events of the period. The role of the Pennsylvania Frontier and French Creek Valley will be a focus of the event.Click for Presentation Schedule
1:00 PM, Saturday, July 22, 2017
Our distinguished panelists will discuss and explore the events, people, strategies and global nature of the French & Indian War, with an emphasis on the role of the Pennsylvania Frontier and French Creek Watershed during this turbulent period.
Participants: Mark Hersee, Douglas Cubbison, Erica Nuckles, Matt Wulff, & Robert (Bob) CranmerClick for Panelists' Biographies
Thank you to all of our partners and participants for making the 3rd Annual French Creek Heritage Event a great success!
With special thanks to our partners at the French Creek Valley Conservancy, dedicated to the promotion, protection and preservation of the French Creek Watershed.