Archives Room Closed 3/15/2017

Due to the continuing winter weather issues , the Archives Room will be closed Wednesday 3/15/2017. Normal Operating hours will continue next Tuesday March 21st. If you have a request or need something, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as we reopen. Thank you for your patience and understanding and stay warm!

Archives Closed 3/14/2017

Due to Winter Storm Stella, the Archives Room will be closed on 3/14/2017. We will continue to monitor the weather and snow situation at the archives and make a decision about Wednesday based on what happens Tuesday night. If you have a request or need something, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as we reopen. Thank you for your patience and understanding and stay warm!

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New Membership Fees to Begin January 1, 2017

In review of the 2017 budget, income does not cover costs and the Juniata County Historical Society board of directors had to make adjustments to their membership fees.

The fees for an individual membership will be $20 and family memberships will be $25 effective January 1, 2017. And, as well email/mail volunteer research of one surname will increase as well and will cost $45.

These fees are in line with those charged by surrounding area historical societies.  We hope that this does not deter you from supporting us as we appreciate all of our members.


Fall Dinner Program Features Linda Gilmore Speaking on Those Settlers involved in the Attack on Fort Bigham

Juniata County Historical Society’s fall dinner program will be held Wed., Oct. 19 at Walker Grange, Mexico at 6:30 p.m.

Program features author Linda Martin Gilmore who will speak on the 260th anniversary of the Indian attack on Bigham’s Fort. She will give a glimpse into the lives and hardships of the settlers who were involved and survived the attack. Copies of her book: Peril and Perseverance in the Pennsylvania Backcountry 1755-1765: Shearman’s Valley, Tuscarora Valley , and the Mouth of the Juniata will be offered for sale.

Cost is $15 for the program and family style roast beef dinner. Reservations and payment are due by Oct. 12. Call the Archives Room Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Mailing address is 498 Jefferson St., Suite B, Mifflintown, PA 17059. Checks should be made to Juniata County Historical Society. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like tickets mailed to you.

Tuscarora Academy Fund-Raiser Is Self-Paced Tour of Historical Landmarks

The second annual Tuscarora Academy fund-raiser is to be held Saturday afternoon, August 20. Planned in collaboration with the Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church’s 250th anniversary, the fund-raiser is a self-guided tour of several points of interest in and nearby the area of Academia.

Tuscarora Academy & Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church [in background] JCHS archival Photo

Tuscarora Academy & Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church [in background] JCHS archival Photo

It includes historical landmarks such as the Patterson House, Pomeroy-Academia Covered Bridge, Tuscarora Academy, Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church and cemetery, Book Indian Mound, Spruce Hill Lunch and Wilson House B&B.

Tickets are $25 per adult ticket, $10 for children 14 and under. Ticket price also includes a box lunch with water/iced tea, and events at the Juniata Valley Winery.

Tours begin at 12:30 p.m., are self-paced and one can visit sites in any order they choose. Greeters will be at each stop and there will be a mock one-room school house and 19th century crafts for children such as a Civil War era doll making project at the Tuscarora Academy. Rides in the immediate area of the Academy, will be offered in a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster.

Visitors at the Academy that day may be interested in learning about another local landmark’s history [Tuscarora Female Seminary]. Although no longer standing, a chapter entitled, “The History of the Tuscarora Female Seminary,” written by Audrey Sizelove is within the book, Pennsylvania History – A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. Copies will be on hand and available for sale.

Carriage rides will be available to ticket-holders at the bridge. There will be an Indian artifact collection by Andy Paige as well as history about the Book Indian Mound at that stopping point.

Visitors at the church will learn the origins of the church and that it was the spot of the first sermon 250 years ago to nearly the day [August 21, 1766]. A self-guided cemetery tour will have graves of interest identified for visitors. Bottled water, as well as a place to sit and rest will be available at the church.

Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church [photo courtesy of church archives]

Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church [photo courtesy of church archives]

Visitors at the Patterson House, owned by Sharon and Greg Hadsell, will have the chance to learn about the history of the home. They’ll be able to tour about the grounds and out-buildings such as the spring house, an unusual three hole [one-child sized] outhouse, smoke house and a story and half barn, built in the late 1700s. Bottled water will be offered.

Spruce Hill Lunch, turns 70 years old this year. Owners, Nora and Charles “Chuck” Houser and former owner Carlen McClure look forward to meeting new visitors taking the tour as well as regulars.

Tours of the Wilson House B&B and information about its history will be given at that site.

Box lunches and bottled water/iced tea, are included in the ticket cost, and will be available for pick up at the Wilson House B&B [Juniata Valley Winery] after 3:00 p.m.

Additional events to take place at the winery include a display from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. of artifacts by members of the Lenape Indians from a PA tribe with roots still in the Allentown area. They will do a presentation from 4-4:30 p.m. and afterwards the Greenwood Community Band will perform for ticket holders. Those who don’t do the tour, but would like to hear the music, may for a $10 fee. Please bring lawn chairs for events at the winery. Toilet facilities are available at the Tuscarora Academy, Book Indian Mound, Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church and Juniata Valley Winery.

Tickets must be bought in advance and are available at the Juniata County Library, Juniata Valley Winery [every Friday night], and Juniata County Historical Society Archives, 498 Jefferson Street, Suite B, Mifflintown, PA 17059 [Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon]. Telephone 717-436-5152 or email: Tickets are also available from society board members or members of the Tuscarora Academy Fund-raising committee.