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FRENCH CREEK HERITAGE EVENT

Saturday; July 13, 2019
9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday; July 14, 2019
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 (via the Royal Proclamation of 1763), frontiersman from the Pennsylvania and Virginia colonies continued to push into the region, and increasingly came into contact and conflict with the indigenous populace. Clashes between the native peoples and settlers grew increasingly violent and numerous, once again resulting in bloodshed and unrest across the region.

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John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore

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

2019 Speakers

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.

Glenn F. Williams, Ph.D.

Glenn F. Williams, Ph.D.

Glenn F. Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Williams is a retired Army officer who entered public history as a second career. He is currently a Senior Historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, DC, where...

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Past Speakers

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Partners

Thank you to all of our partners and participants for making the Annual French Creek Heritage Event a great success!

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With special thanks to our partners at the French Creek Valley Conservancy, dedicated to the promotion, protection and preservation of the French Creek Watershed.

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Venue

Cochranton Fairgrounds
Cochranton, PA16314

ALL parking will be at the Cochranton Jr. Sr. High School, with access to the Event Site via footbridge across Sugar Creek


For additional information please contact:
Mark Roche
814-425-7700