Please join in for a fun filled weekend of living history as we journey through various historical eras of the United States: French & Indian War, Colonial Period, Lumber Era, Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, and WWII. Join living historian and master story-teller, Paul Stillman from Historically Speaking!, and historical interpreters, Dave Clark, Dennis Murray, and Ray Owen as they take us through these noteworthy periods of American history through first person character portrayals, hands-on demonstrations, and song.
Friday, May 24 from 800pm-1000pm
‘Cathedral by Candlelight’ Walk back in time with historical characters from the past. Come view the ancient forest as we hike beneath the giants by candlelight. Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom where a 1750’s French Marine will guide us into the depths of the Forest Cathedral to meet an awaiting Seneca Warrior on his trek south along the Olean Trail.
Saturday, May 25 from 1000 am-1200pm
Paul Stillman as a ‘Seneca Indian’ A Native American visits us from the past on his trip from New York as he travels south along the historic Olean Trail. Please bring your camp chairs and meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom where he will be preparing for his trip.
Saturday, May 25 from 100pm-230pm
Logging, Dogging, & Hewing: An 1800’s Timber Operation’ Celebrate Cook Forest’s lumber heritage with Dale Luthringer by observing various tools of the trade, ‘hewing to the line’, and bark peeling. Explore an old bracket dam. Bring a partner and test your skill at the two-man crosscut saw. Don’t forget to try your hand at the Schnitzelbunk! Please bring your camp chairs and meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.
Saturday, May 25 from 300pm-430pm
Paul Stillman and Dave Clark as ‘The North Meets South’ Come see the Civil War through a New York regimental line soldier and a rebel of the Army of Northern Virginia. Please bring your camp chairs and meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.
Saturday, May 25 from 900pm-1030pm
18th Century Ghost Hunt’ Paul Stillman, known for his ghost story programs at Ft. William Henry, will lead an 18th century ghost tour of the Fire Tower & Seneca Point. Wait a minute, there’s no ghosts in Cook Forest?! Please meet at the Fire Tower Parking to find out. Don’t forget to bring your flashlights, digital cameras, and smartphones!
Sunday, May 26 from 100-200pm
Dave Clark as a ‘World War II Marine of the 1st Division’ Be a part of the ‘Island Hopping’ campaign in the Pacific Theater as you prepare for the rigors of Pelieu. Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.
Sunday, May 26 from 230pm-400pm
Paul Stillman as a ‘Colonial Craftsman’ Learn how things were made during the early part of the 18th century during a quill and bamboo pen fabrication workshop. Please bring your camp chairs at meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.
Sunday, May 26 from 430-530pm
‘Coal & Oil: It Just Don’t Come Out of the Ground on its Own!’ Well, at least not in the amounts needed to fulfill our nation’s demand. Join Murph’ the quarryman, Dennis Murray: Clarion County’s #1 liar, for a technical view of how high energy materials have been used to wrestle these highly sought after natural resources from the ground. Please bring your camp chairs and meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom. Don’t forget your earplugs…
Sunday, May 26 from 800-900pm
Ray Owen, GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter, and storyteller, will be presenting, ‘Pennsylvania: History in Music’ at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater. Ray has performed with legendary entertainers such as Garth Brooks, Arlo Guthrie, Bill Monroe, Bob Hope, and Willie Nelson. Join us for a musical journey through important historical events that happened in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget your chairs and blankets!