History and Heritage
When you come to the Susquehanna River Valley, it may feel like you've stepped back in time - when the pace of life was a little slower and neighbors knew one another. While you're here, take some time to indulge your senses.
Listen to the clip-clop of horse and buggies as they scurry from the country side to the downtown to sell their produce and wares. Squeeze and smell the fresh produce at our roadside stands and farmers markets. Observe history that's alive and thriving in realistic reenactments, museums, heritage festivals, and educational experiences. Touch handmade quilts that took months to craft by hand. Taste our local specialties, like whoopie pies, pot pie, and apple butter.
While you're in the area, stop by our Visitor Information Center and pick up a Covered Bridge map. You'll quickly realize that our region is home to 17 of the oldest and most unique covered bridges. Also consider exploring our diverse downtowns by foot. Discover the unique history and heritage of our downtowns with our "Every Town a Treasure" brochures.
Travel back in time to see the area's best collection of farm tractors, machinery & hit-and-miss engines of the past at our Annual Vintage Iron Fall Festival held at the Union County Fairgrounds, Laurelton, PA. Classic food and fun including free activities for the whole family.
Dale-Engle-Walker House is a 1793 Georgian limestone house built by Samuel Dale, a Scot-Irish immigrant who served under George Washington at the Battle of Princeton in the American Revolution. This is reminiscent of the times and has ties to slavery and the Underground Railroad. The house offers three stations one can experience as they visit the property.
Fort Augusta served as PA's stronghold to the upper Susquehanna River Valley from the days of the French and Indian Wars to the close of the American Revolution. This museum features artifacts recovered during various archaeological digs on the site, and and extensive historical and genealogical library. Two fort features, the well and the powder magazine, remain on the grounds.
Joseph Priestley House is a National Historic Chemical Landmark where visitors can investigate the ideas and contributions to American history of Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), noted English theologian, educator, natural philosopher and political theorist.
This log house (c.1803) was the home of Frederick and Anna Gutelius and their fifteen children. Frederick was a blacksmith, surveyor, Union County Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, and a founder of the Reformed Church.
Local historian, horseman and director of the National Historic Theater, Karl Purnell, conducts this fun-filled historic tour of "Old Town" Mifflinburg in a restored 19th century six passenger surrey made in Mifflinburg when the town was know as "Buggytown U.S.A.". Visit the unique Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, the town's first jail, a traditional carriage house and a Central PA Painted Chair museum. Stay for a delicious picnic lunch of international and local favorites. Horse and carriage available for special events, weddings and tours of Lewisburg. See website for details.
The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum preserves the only intact 19th century carriage factory in the United States. The complex includes a buggy maker's home, buggy showroom, and modern visitor center. The visitor center has permanent and changing exhibits, hands on work bench and videos.
MHS, through community outreach and partnerships, cultivates among its many audiences a broad appreciation and awareness of our past and inspires and fosters learning through engaging and unique experiences. We work to share, preserve and celebrate our unique community by focusing on history, the arts, and educational programs. Our year-round calendar of events includes art shows and quilt exhibits, lectures and workshops, museum and local history tours. In addition to our museum/research library, MHS maintains the Heritage Park & Nature Trail, the ecologically and culturally rich property featuring portions of the once-vital West Branch Canal, views of the site of the "Last Raft" tragedy, and river-to-park access; and Muncy's Walking and Heritage Quilt Trail.
"Discover the 1/6 scale model of Old Fort Augusta built in 1756. Visit the museum of historical and archeological artifacts on display from Northumberland County and research your roots at our extensive genealogical library."
The historic Packwood House Museum is one of the area's hidden treasures. It is open for guided tours and features two major exhibits each year, plus a wide range of other programs. For more information visit www.packwoodhousemuseum.com
The Slifer House Museum is a grand Tuscan style mansion designed by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan in 1860 for Eli Slifer, secretary of Pennsylvania during the Civil War. The museum offers guided tours and special programs throughout the year. For more information, call 524-2245 or visit www.sliferhouse.org.
Preserving the Past for the Future. UCHS is located in Historic Union County Court House on the first floor. We offer historical and genealogical research at our facility. We have access to Ancestry World, Fold3 and Newspapers.com. The Society has various publications dealing with the many different aspects of Union County for sale. The Society has information on the Dale-Engle-Walker House, one of the oldest farmsteads in Union County and has a wagon shed with vintage farm tools and equipment.