Author Archives: Brad

Midway Drive-in Has a Long History!

The Drive-In is still alive, but unfortunately some of them may no longer be operating since at the end of this year, the majority of them will face closure with the movie industry’s switch from 35 mm film to digital. Upgrading to digital projection costs will be extremely high. This summer the Midway Drive-In entertained guests in the great outdoors. Many evenings cars would be lined up along William Penn Highway waiting to get to the entrance of Juniata County’s […]

If you’ve driven by the TuscaroraAcademyMuseum in the last week you’ve probably noticed scaffolding, several boarded up windows, a large lift and people busily working. That’s because the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has contracted to repair the center and round windows on the north end of the building.  They’re inspecting all the windows and replacing any water damaged frames or sashes, removing and replacing the glazing and painting the window frames, the door, and the wooden soffits, brackets and […]

Restored Cannon Carriage On Display

This cannon carriage, once owned by the David H, Wilson GAR Post 134, Mifflintown, is believed to have been made in the late 1870’s.  It was restored and a new barrel was made by Jeff Stafford of Coatesville, PA. It is, along with the matching limber, on display at the Academy.  The canon barrel was made so it could not be fired. There will be more on this story in the September issue of Juniata Jottings – which should be […]

Zimmie’s “Pie Lady” Finds Her Way Home

For years, she beckoned Juniata County residents to come inside Zimmie’s Diner to sample the fine food and atmosphere.  And she did this without saying a word.  Her lure: a steaming hot-out-of-the-oven pie she held out in front of her.  Known simply as the “Pie Lady,” she was a staple in our fine county. A number of years back, the diner was sold and the Pie Lady had vanished.  Gone….but not forgotten. A few months ago, the Society was contacted […]

Academy Museum Review

Although I’m both a Board member and the editor of both the online blog of the Juniata County Historical Society (of which you’re reading now) and our member’s quarterly newsletter, I’m relatively new to the organization – still learning the ins and outs of a small volunteer organization. This past August, I was able to learn firsthand about one of the properties overseen and managed by the Society – the Academy Museum – when I served as the host during […]