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5th Annual 18th Century Surveying & Cartography School, Berkeley Springs, WV
Berkeley Springs, WV - Registration is now open for the 5th Annual School of Instruction on February 10-12 at Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV.
Participants staying on-site will be in 8-person modern cabins at Cacapon Resort State Park. The modern cabins are frame structures insulated for year-round comfort featuring handsome wood-paneled walls, stone fireplaces, baths with showers, kitchens with modern appliances and central heat. Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch are provided. Friday dinner is Dutch Treat at the Cacapon Lodge.
While the setting is relatively remote and rural, it is only 17-29 miles away from three major interstate highways. Cacapon Resort State park is 29 miles northwest of Winchester, VA, 47 miles southwest of Hagerstown, MD, and 22 miles south of Warfordsburg, PA.
For information about the event, including a tentative schedule and session topics, visit: https://www.armygeographer.org/component/content/article/54
To register, visit https://www.armygeographer.org/schedule/event-registration and click the “register” button.
You do not need to be a member of a host unit to attend this event…you don’t even need to be a reenactor! This event is held in modern facilities, and modern clothing is worn all weekend.
For this year, we are tentatively planning a tour of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to view their surveying instruments along with a tour of George Washington’s Office (both in Winchester, VA…about 30 miles from Cacapon) on Friday afternoon.
Tentative session topics include:
- Creating (draughting) maps from survey data
- Thomas Hutchins’ study of magnetic needle dip around the world
- Colouring maps and plans with period watercolors
- Observing the 2012 Transit of Venus
- Enhancing living history impressions by studying museum collections
- Basics of 18th century surveying
- Meriwether Lewis’s Survey at Cumberland Gap and more!