School of Instruction

9th Annual 18th Century Surveying, Cartography & Engineering School of Instruction




WHO CAN ATTEND? You do not need to be a member of a host unit to attend this don't even need to be a reenactor! This event is held in modern facilities, and while some participants may opt for period clothing, most will wear modern clothing all weekend.

MEALS- Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch are provided. Friday dinner is Dutch Treat at a local restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS- We will be utilizing 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 and air conditioning. Each 8-person cabin cabin has 3 bedrooms that contain a double bed and 1 bedroom that contains two twin beds. Bed linens, towels, and washcloths are provided. Check-in time begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Check out is by Noon on Sunday.


*Please bring a protractor (360 degree is most convenient, but a 180 degree is fine), pair of dividers, and a 12 inch ruler. A drawing compass may also be useful.

1) 18th Century Surveying 101 by Paul Brennan, professional land surveyor, Barryville New York

2) Sullivan`s Campaign 1779 by Glenn Williams, U.S. Army Center of Washington D.C. and Author of "Year of the Hangman 1777 , George Washington`s Campaign Against the Iroquois."

3) Aftermath of Sullivan's Campaign 1779 by Jason Buckley, Interpretive Programs Manager, Fort Niagara, New York.

4) Usage of 18th Century Surveyors Case of Mathematical Instruments by Fred Rickey, U.S. Military Academy West Point, New York, Mathematics, Emeritus and Joel Silverberg, Roger Williams University, Bristol R.I., Mathematics, Emeritus.

5) Hydrography & Coastal Surveys by Robert Fryman, Massanutten Military Academy, Woodstock Virginia, Teacher of History and German

6) Christopher Colles' Atlas of 1789 and his use of Dept. of Geographer Maps by Robert Kassebaum, Enterprise Architect I.T., Retired, Forty years research in Eighteenth Century crafts, tools, dancing and military maps.

7) Practical Use of an Octant by Daniel Shoun, Associate Professor,Physics at Kettering College, Kettering Ohio

8) Washington's Quest for General Cornwallis, New York to to Yorktown Campaigns by Ron Carnegie, Colonial Williamsburg, Nation Builder, Portrays George Washington, Williamsburg Virginia.

(Networking, show and tell, and swap meet will also be a part of the weekend)



4 p.m. Cabin check-in begins
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dinner (Dutch Treat)
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Set-up, fellowship
7:45 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Session 1
10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Session 2
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Session 3
Noon- 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Session 4
3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.  Session 5
4 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Session 6
5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Networking, Show-and-Tell, Swap Meet
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Department of Geographer to the Army, Inc. Unit Meeting
9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Fellowship and Recreation
7:30 a.m. Breakfast, Empty & Clean Cabins
9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Session 7
10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Session 8
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Session 9
Noon- 1 p.m. Lunch & Adjournment


1585_-_Berkeley_Springs_State_Park_-_Fairfax_StOVERVIEW OF THE AREA- Berkeley Springs, a fountainhead of warm mineral waters frequented by Native Americans long before Europeans arrived in the New World, are at the heart of a mountain spa community in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. First noted as Medicine Springs in 1747 on a map drawn by Thomas Jefferson's father, the waters for many centuries have drawn visitors seeking health and relief from the stress of everyday life.

In 1776, George Washington's family and friends drew up a plat of 134 lots, named the streets, and incorporated The Town of Bath, invoking the muses of the renowned English spa. Yet the magic of the springs prevailed, and the town and surrounding area are known by their name -- Berkeley Springs.

The waters flow at a constant 74°F from the base of Warm Springs Ridge. You may still drink freely and fill your jugs at Lord Fairfax's public tap, and wade in the ancient stone pools in the nation's smallest state park. The town has endured cycles of notoriety, fashion, war and modern progress, but remains the Country's First Spa, a quiet, friendly haven surrounded by West Virginia's splendid outdoors.

ABOUT CACAPON RESORT STATE PARK - Cacapon Mountain runs north/south and divides Morgan County into the heavily forested and mountainous western segment and the more populous and settled east. The mountain ends at Panorama Overlook in the north and includes the county's highest elevation, 2320 feet, at the southern end near the Hampshire County line.


In 1933, the state of West Virginia created Cacapon State Park from 6000 acres of land on the eastern slope of Cacapon Mountain. Park boundaries extend along the top ridge more than 12 miles to Prospect Rock where George Washington and countless other 18th and 19th century visitors often rode on horseback. A fire road along this ridge provides a rare and ideal flat surface for hiking. The road begins at a spectacular overlook above the Batt Pavilion which provides a panoramic view of the entire Sleepy Creek Mountain to the east. During the summer, vehicles can drive to the overlook.

Trails were cleared and cabins built in the park by the Civilian Conservation Corps program. In the 1960s, an 18-hole, 72-par championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is rated one of the best public courses in the region. One of the most distinctive sights is the stone chimney on the putting green which is all that remains from the land's original farmhouse. The Old Inn at Cacapon was the first overnight lodge in the West Virginia park system.

Today, the park is a favorite resort in the state system with a lodge, cabins, family restaurant, a lake with a sand beach available for fishing and boating as well as swimming. Miles of blazed trails along the mountain follow game trails that were trod by Native American and colonial hunters. A comprehensive naturalist program and horseback riding round out Cacapon State Park's universe. (Insider tip -- the word is pronounced Ca-cay-pun.)

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Registrations are not refundable after January 19th, but are transferable. If we are able to find someone to fill your slot, we will gladly provide a refund.

UPDATE 1/21/16: As of this morning, all cabin spaces have been filled. Registrants have two options:

  1. Register as "off-site" couple or single attendee and book lodging in a lodge room at Cacapon Resort State Park or another nearby hotel/motel/b&b (Berkeley Springs is 9 miles north and Winchester, VA is 23 miles south), or
  2. Register for a cabin room and be placed on the waiting list. You will be assigned a cabin space if another participant cancels. If no cabin spaces become available, you registration fee (or the pro rated amount if you switch to an "off-site" attendee) will be refunded.

To begin, please select a registration option from the drop-down list below:

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.