A Little Background About THE RENFREW PARK
Settled briefly by the Scotch-Irish Renfrew family in the mid-eighteenth century, the land was later acquired and developed by German-American tanner Daniel Royer, who, along with his descendants, created a burgeoning cottage industry on 150 acres in the Cumberland Valley.
Firmly rooted in their Pennsylvania-German heritage, the Royers were also quintessentially American; their story closely mirrors the narrative of our young nation with central themes of industriousness, ingenuity, and innovation.
By the close of the nineteenth century, the property boasted two successful farmsteads, a grist mill, lime kiln, and several outbuildings. Later occupants of the site placed their own marks on the landscape, resulting in a varied built environment with unique structures spanning the Federal to Edwardian Eras.
Renfrew's final private residents, Edgar and Emma Nicodemus, lovingly restored the property, which was bequeathed to the Borough of Waynesboro as a gift to its citizens following Emma's death in 1973. Today, the property is now known as The Renfrew Museum and Park.
The Reenactment and the Encampments
Each year, in August, the reenactment event attracts about 300 to 500 visitors (who are not part of the entourage of reenactors, sutlers or other entertainers).
This year's weather was very fine — sunny, warm and low humidity, and the attendance was strong. This was the 39th annual reenactment held, and the next one, the 40th, will be in August of 2020.
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"The sounds of Kent Courtney's accordion mingling with the distant pops of rifle fire helped transport visitors to another time.
The Hanover, PA., resident travels to various Civil War events helping to evoke the Civil War period through his music.
'In Civil War reenacting circles, they call it "seeing the elephant" when you actually jump into that time-warp experience—even if it's just for a minute. You feel like you are really in the 1860's.' Courtney said".
As quoted from The Herald Mail--"Civil War Re-enactors Battle at Renfrew Park" August 10, 2019