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Cook Forest Living History Weekend

Please join us for a fun filled weekend of living history as we journey through various historical eras of the United States: French & Indian War, Colonial Period, Civil War, WWI, and WWII.  Join living historian and master story-teller Paul Stillman, historical interpreter Dave Clark, and award winning singer-story teller 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 26 from 800pm-1000pm

‘Seneca Point by Candlelight’     Take a walk back in time with historical characters from the past.  Please meet at the Fire Tower parking lot where a 1750’s French Marine will guide us through the ancient rocks of Seneca Point in search of old Seneca and Abenaki warriors on their trek south along the Catawba Trail.

Saturday, May 27 from 1000am-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 27 from 100pm-230pm

‘Colonial Life for Children’     Imagine yourself as a child growing up in the mid 1700’s.  What would you do for fun?  What clothing might you wear?  Would you go to school?  Find all this out and more at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom, as the Noel family shares what Colonial times were like for children.

Saturday, May 27 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 27 from 800pm-900pm

Paul Stillman as a ‘Nasty Ned the Frontiersmen’     An 18th century teller of tall tales & historical fact.  He blends Folk Tales & History into an entertaining & lively performance.  Featuring the famous story of the "Bear's Nose."  Please bring your blankets and meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater.

Sunday, May 28 from 100-200pm

Dave Clark as a ‘World War I Doughboy of the 27th Division’     See and hear what life was like in the trenches ‘OVER THERE!’.  Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Sunday, May 28 from 230pm-330pm

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 28 from 430-600pm

‘Eldred WWII Museum Display & Talk’     Why is there an incredible WWII Museum in little ol’ Eldred, PA?  Join curator Steve Applebee to learn how they’ve been busy preserving the history of WWII with interactive displays and educational programs.  Visit the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom to view various artifacts and weaponry of the period. 

Sunday, May 28 from 800-930pm

Ray Owen, GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter, and storyteller, will be presenting     'Hats Off to Pennsylvania: History Through 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 Pennsylvania history as we venture from the steam engine to the search engine, engaging our past to enlighten our future.  Don’t forget your chairs and blankets!

Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 10:00am to 10:00pm

Cook Forest State Park
100 RT 36, Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120


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