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Bonfire Night: An 18th-Century Fall Celebration

12995 Bain Road,
Mercersburg, PA 17236
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  • Dates: November 6, 2021
  • Location: Conococheague Institute
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: Free admission but donations are appreciated

Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, Guy Fawkes Day, Fall Fest, or Harvest Festivals. However, you celebrate this time of year, come join us at the Conococheague Institute for a special evening celebration. Throughout the day, 18th-century life will be on full display with cooking, games, crafts, and song.

Bring a picnic supper and warm drinks and stay as the sun sets for a bonfire and candlelit tour of our historic structures.

This program will provide an immersive experience for visitors as they are transported back in time to the Frontier during the 18th century. Learn how the community celebrated together by joining in for several fun activities and presentations:

  • 12pm to 6pm - Tombola: A chance to win some historic prizes in our Visitor Center with an instant-win Raffle.
  • 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm - A Penny for a Guy: Help stuff and make effigies (imagine a Scarecrow) for the evening Bonfire and learn about the history of this strange tradition.
  • 3pm - Cricket: Our most popular program returns for one last huzzah! Show us your batting and bowling skills in a match to end the year!
  • 5pm - Libations, Drinks, and Taverns: Join us in the Ordinary to learn about why Cider and Whiskey could be so important to a fledgling farming community. Copies of original drink recipes will be available for adults to try out at home!
  • 6.30pm - The Bonfire: Don't miss this special moment as the Bonfire is lit and learn about the history of Bonfire Night!
  • 7pm to 8pm: Relax with us and enjoy the ambiance of a candlelit cabin, play card games or break out in song to your heart's content!

This program is a fun and educational celebration event for families. No alcohol will be served and children and pets are welcome.