5 t h A N N U A L


Saturday; July 11, 2020 - 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday; July 12, 2020 - 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Cochranton Fairgrounds
(All Parking at Cochranton Jr/Sr High School)

FREE Admission

Prelude to Independence: Unrest in the Ohio Country

With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the French and Indian War had formally come to a close, but conflict and violence continued to abound on the frontier. With its defeat, France had ceded all of its holdings in North America to Great Britain. However, King Louis XV’s negotiators had not consulted their Native American allies in crafting the Treaty, and powerful indigenous peoples such as the Iroquois Nations, Shawnee and other tribes maintained their territorial claims throughout the Ohio Country; a vast, unsettled and exceptionally fruitful hunting ground encompassing much of present day Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. While the English Crown at first tried to close the Ohio Country to further settlement

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Washington 1772

Family Oriented Activities

Reenactor Encampments & Living History Demonstrations

Mercyhurst University Archaeological Institute

  • Sample "dig boxes" for kids and technology demonstrations

Artifact Exhibitions & Displays

  • Native American artifacts by the French Creek Archaeological Society

Living History First Person Portrayals

Children's Program

  • Mix of activities involving living history reenactors and period sutlers, fun, games and learning.

Book Signings

On-Site Food & Beverage

FREE Admission

2016 Video

2020 Speakers

The FCHE planning committee is looking forward to announcing this year’s speakers and presenters very shortly. Since its introduction in 2015, the event has been privileged to host an array of leading historical researchers, authors and experts. You can read their full bios by following the link below.

Past Speakers

Click here to learn more about our past speakers.