Devin Maciejewski
Events

Stroll through Historic Muncy Homes

Experience the beauty and charm of one of Pennsylvania’s finest communities as the Muncy Historical Society hosts its annual Historic Homes and Walking Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The $12 tour donation includes admission to showcase properties, a descriptive brochure, special exhibits, shopping opportunities, interaction with living history performers, trolley rides and refreshments.

Devin Maciejewski
Devin Maciejewski of Muncy inherited this Jean Mohr painting from his great grandmother Mildred Ferrell. The recent donation to the Muncy Historical Society will be on display and is the only “on glass” painting in the Museum’s collection.

Society Executive Director William Poulton invites everyone to experience historic Muncy and as he commented in the recently-aired WVIA documentary “Our Town Muncy” that “Muncy is like Colonial Williamsburg but without the five hour drive.” The historical society offers its guests a different happening annually, and this year the focus will be on Muncy’s artistic heritage. On Oct. 21, guests will experience a combination of historic properties, special one-day only exhibits, and personal engagements.

One stop, and the event ticket center, for the Homes and Walking Tour is the Muncy Historical Society, housed in one of Muncy’s earliest frame homes. The two and one-half story, seven-bay frame building represents the Greek revival style. Muncy’s artistic heritage is readily apparent at this stop where the creative geniuses of more than 50 local past and contemporary artists’ works are on display. The museum’s collection includes a wide range of original art and exemplary craftsmanship, including photography, oil paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, quilting, mosaics, watercolor, sculpture, and home décor. In addition to its own collection of Mohr’s, the Society has partnered with the Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission on Community Action (STEP) who will be displaying a partial exhibit of restored Jean Mohr murals that were salvaged from the basement bar area of the former Moran Hotel/Muncy Senior Center.  Some of these large pieces help create the perfect backdrop for the Society’s meeting room-turned taproom where guests can taste test our non-alcoholic brew before moving on to the next venue.

The properties are always interesting since the Society features homes representing a variety of architectural styles, from Colonial to Federal to Victorian eclectic. Within walking distance, ticketholders will meet Benjamin Pott! Born in 1802, Benjamin Pott became one of Muncy’s premiere cabinetmakers and builders. While his early advertisements “invite the public to view all kinds of cabinet ware, manufactured by the most competent workmen, and finished in superior style, and sold on the most reasonable terms” Pott is remembered for his doorways! Two of his doorways are featured – the entrance to his home at 27 N. Main Street and across the street, the entrance to 26 N. Main.

Robert Risk and his sons were builders on a much larger scale than Pott as evidenced by the home located at 28 N. Main Street. This substantial brick is evidence of the vast wealth that many of Muncy’s merchants accumulated during the canal and lumber eras of Lycoming County. Mrs. Risk will greet visitors on the front porch and will welcome all to explore her home’s exquisite woodwork, built-ins, and its many rooms. Two handcrafted dollhouses, recently donated to the Society’s collection, will be on display.

Jean Mohr sketch

Jean Mohr joins the event by making his appearance at the Fort Brady Hotel. The Brady’s wall murals are Muncy’s best preserved and Mohr welcomes all to come and sit a spell as he finished his work. The hotel desk manager will arrange for your bath as you take time to register for your lodging

As in bygone days, traveling theatrical companies arrived in town by stagecoach … their props, costumes and personal luggage were hoisted by block and tackle up to the side doorway, three floors above street level. The stage driver discharged his passengers in the alleyway, at the back entrance, reserved for the likes of them! He has a yarn or two to share and, perhaps, will issue a word of caution for a meeting with the “Real Widow Brown.” Widow Brown’s travels included performances in London, Berlin and New York City and she’s not quite sure what to make of this stop in Muncy. While the show is booked for two weeks, how will this quaint little town fill this brand new Opera House?

The trolley will be making its way up and down Muncy’s main street during the event hours and the on-board guide will regale passengers with pertinent facts about Muncy’s artistic and historical heritage.  There will be a number of stops, clearly marked, so that passengers can embark and disembark conveniently near all of the tour locations.

Ticket holders may park in one of the centrally located designated areas and most of the Muncy properties are within easy walking distance.

Advance tickets, at the discounted price of $10 for the Historic Homes and Walking Tour, may be purchased from 9 a.m. to three, October 12, 15 and 19, or by mail at P.O. Box 11, Muncy, PA 17756. Tickets the day of the tour are $12 and may be purchased at the Muncy Historical Society.

More information is available by calling the Muncy Historical Society at 546-5917. On the Internet at http://www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org.

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Events

Gen. George G. Meade at Muncy

Commonwealth Speaker, Civil War Historian
Anthony Waskie to Portray
Gen. George G. Meade at Muncy

The Muncy Historical Society will host the Commonwealth Speaker and nationally-recognized Civil War preservationist, Anthony Waskie, specializing in the life of General George G. Meade at the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 1:30. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Using Meade’s own words and extensive background research, Anthony Waskie, speaking as General Meade, recounts the general’s career and services to the nation. From his work as an engineer and lighthouse builder, to combat in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, to his assuming command of the Union Army on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg (where he handed Lee his first defeat), Meade was integral to the survival of the Union. Not only successful in war, Meade also designed Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, founded two schools for orphans of Civil War veterans and helped integrate surviving veterans back into peaceful pursuits. Audiences are encourage to ask the “General” questions about his life and work.

Anthony Waskie is a Civil War historian, author, living history performer and preservationist specializing in the life of General George G. Meade. Waskie serves as President of the General Meade Society and Vice President of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library. He teaches in the Civil War and Emancipation Studies program at Temple University. Waskie received his MA and PhD degrees from New York University and his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. PHC inspires people to come together to share a life of learning. The Pennsylvania Museum is proud to host this program to further its mission of bringing the community together to learn about and share our local history.

In addition to Dr. Waskie’s first-person General Meade presentation, Muncy Historical Society volunteers will exhibit local Civil War memorabilia from a private collection. Young people, twelve and under, will each receive a free coloring book entitled “Billy Yank – the Union Soldier in the Civil War” and copies of “This Republic of Suffering – Death and the American Civil War” will be distributed as door prizes. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Call (570) 546-5917 or visit the society’s website, http://www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org, for more information.

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Muncy Historical Society
Muncy Historical Society

Muncy Historical Society and Museum of History, a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1936, focuses on preservation and conservation of the rich history and heritage of Muncy and surrounding communities – its people, businesses, education, arts, traditions and folklore – by sponsoring educational programs and activities, through research and publication of our history, and interpretation of the museum’s collection for the community, including schools, colleges, community groups and professional historians. Continue reading “Welcome”