The LeRoy Heritage Museum would like to thank everyone who had a part in making Barclay Mountain Heritage Day on August 11, 2018, a success. First, thank you to the hundreds of people who traveled from five states to attend in spite of the rain showers early in the day. Visitors came from at least 27 towns inside of Bradford County and 42 towns outside of Bradford County, many traveling hundreds of miles to attend. Some names will be repeated below as these people helped in various capacities. Thank you to our sponsors: Chief Oil & Gas, Energy Transfer Partners, O-SO-KO-ZE Camp Members, Schoonover Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Vicky L. Droll, First Citizens Community Bank, Kellogg Mountain Rod & Gun Club, Brian Kingsley Logging, Jeannine Kozen, Two Bear Lodge/James L. Stuck, LeRoy Sportsman’s Association, Inc., Towanda Gun Club, GTP Group Services Corp., Welch Insurance, William & Beverly Smith, Tom & Ann Carl, Kobbe Family, Ron & Lorelei Colton, Jim & Carol Fitch, Jean Butson, Betty VanNoy, and donor Bluhm’s Gas Sales. Thank you to our promotional sponsors: Bonnie Borek, Daryl Watkins, Christopher Kelley, and Michelle Irvine Beauty Salon. We also thank all the volunteers that made the event possible by working in various capacities: Chuck & Gloria Wittig, Bonnie Borek, Marie Seymour, Diana Pelton, Tom & Ann Carl, Jeanne Butters, Betty VanNoy, Vicki VanNoy, Marie O’Hara, Scott Shedden, Bob Storch, Garrett Storch, Chris Carl, Ted Tomlinson, Ron Bly, Ron & Lorelei Colton, Bill & Beverly Smith, and Ned & Tracy Whitehead. A big thank you to all of our exhibitors, demonstrators, performers, speakers and vendors. Another thank you goes to our Chinese Auction donors: Sharon Pepper, Chuck & Gloria Wittig, Minnequa Grange #754, Norma Percival, Alba Christian Women’s Fellowship, the family of Raymond Holcomb, Ron & Lorelei Colton, Ron & Carolyn Woolf, Armenia Mountain Footwear, Robert & Susan Storch, the Troy Pennysaver, the Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette by John Shaffer, Canton Chamber of Commerce, Donna Stone, Ron & Donna Kobbe, Columbia Crossroads Gulf, and Bonnie Borek. A special thank you to the LeRoy Community Association, Western Alliance Emergency Services, Bradford County Sanitation Service, Brian Kingsley Logging, New Beginnings, Wiggle 100, the LeRoy 4-H Club, the LeRoy Kidz JAM Club, Ron Kirby, Ron & Donna Kobbe, Bradford County Dairy Maid Aubree Route, Glorya Kerin, and J. Segur Photography. If we have missed anyone, please know that we are grateful for everyone’s individual contributions that made this event possible.
Matt Carl, President, LeRoy Heritage Museum
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Check out this drone footage of Barclay Mountain Heritage Day 2018. Thank you to J. Segur Photography for your work!
Learn about the tools and the skills that lumbermen needed in the woods with a demonstration by PPLO members.
Dig deep into the history of the lumber town of Laquin with a photo presentation by Matt Carl, President of LeRoy Heritage Museum, and learn what life was like for those living there.
In the southern Appalachian mountains, fiddle and banjo players have been reveling in the complimentary textural relationship of the two instruments for hundreds of years. The rhythmic momentum, undeniable warmth & endless potential of this down-home duet is celebrated in it’s full spirit by Brendan Cooney and Nikolai Fox. Cooney and Fox established Noggin Hill in collaboration with the visceral, adept and fluent bassist, Chris Coyle in 2009. This undeniably danceable and fantastically listenable band are up to their funny hats in mountain sounds.
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LeRoy Heritage Museum features an extensive collection of items from town of Laquin. Other exhibits feature a coal mining and lumbering exhibit, scale model of a Laquin house, a Civilian Conservation Corps exhibit, a Sunfish Pond exhibit, and much more. Admission to the museum is just a donation at the door to benefit the museum building project.
The Barclay Mountain Visitor Center, located inside the LeRoy Heritage Museum features a wide selection of history books pertaining to Barclay Mountain history, Civilian Conservation Corps history, lumbering, coal mining, forestry and more. We also feature t-shirts, USGS maps, and other souvenirs pertaining to the mountain.
In just over one week, LeRoy Heritage Museum will host Barclay Mountain Heritage Day on August 11, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. The event will be held at the community grounds next to the museum located at 257 Mill Street in LeRoy, Bradford County, PA.
Barclay Mountain Heritage Day will highlight the mountain and educate visitors about its history, which is one of the goals of LeRoy Heritage Museum. At the same time, proceeds raised from the event will benefit the museum building project as it repurposes an 1896 shingle-style Victorian hotel as an expanded museum. The hotel was built in LeRoy using wood sawn on the mountain. Thanks to a grant received through the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, significant renovations will occur at the building this year. Funds raised from Barclay Mountain Heritage Day will be used to accomplish as much work as possible as part of the upcoming contract. In order to finish the project and move the museum to its new location, a total of $135,000 remains to be raised. Those interested in making a larger tax-deductible donation to the project can get a full-color brochure in the museum gift shop with project information, photos, and giving categories that will be permanently acknowledged in the new museum.
Barclay Mountain Heritage Day will feature the Pennsylvania Professional Lumberjack Organization demonstrating the tools and work of the old time lumbermen on the ball field diamond at 10 am; Noggin Hill, Philadelphia’s popular band specializing in old-time, bluegrass, and Americana will perform from 11 am to 12:30 pm near the community building; Matt Carl, President of LeRoy Heritage Museum, will present a program on the early history of Laquin and its connection with the hotel in LeRoy, at 12:30 pm under the main program tent; and award-winning teacher and musician, Van Wagner will delight the audience with the program, “Soft Coal, Hard Times” at 1:45 pm followed by a concert of heritage music presented by Wagner at 2:50 pm also under the main program tent. All those interested in these programs/concerts are advised to bring their own camping chair for seating if they wish as seating for these events won’t be provided.
Throughout the day, exhibitors will be sharing and demonstrating from their own tents or tables throughout the grounds, both inside the community building and out. Some of these include the Pennsylvania Game Commission; Bradford County Conservation District (bark peeling and the tanning process); Civilian Conservation Corps Historian, John Eastlake; Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (log sawing and other activities); Bradford County Historical Society (exhibit of Barclay Mountain photographs); Tioga Point Museum (exhibit of historical maps); Abandoned Pennsylvania Coal Mines Facebook page administrator, David Kyle Fowler (coal mining tools and photo display); Brian Kingsley Logging (modern logging equipment); Chief Oil & Gas; Energy Transfer Partners; LeRoy 4-H club; and other private collectors including Charles Wittig, Mike Hauk, and the Kobbe family.
In addition to exhibitors, various vendors will be onsite selling their work, including local reproduction railroad station signs, town signs, woodcrafts, photography, books, and hunting blinds.
A Kid’s Area will be available at the rear of the community building including a Petting Zoo offered by the LeRoy Community 4-H club and activities offered by the LeRoy Kidz Jam club.
A variety of food will be available throughout the day. LeRoy Heritage Museum will be selling ice cream, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and drinks with proceeds benefitting the building project. PDR’s catering will also be onsite selling Italian sausage, hot dogs, cheese steaks, hamburgers, fresh cut french fries, deep fried Oreos, snow cones and drinks. A few areas will be furnished for those wishing to sit down and enjoy their lunch.
Inside the front room of the community building, a large Chinese Auction will be going on all day and there will be 50/50 tickets sold throughout the day. Anyone interested in donating a basket of items or a single item to the Chinese Auction to benefit the building project can drop them off on the morning of August 11 between 7 and 9 am at the community building.
The current museum on Mill Street, as part of its collection, houses the largest number of Laquin artifacts available for public display anywhere. The museum and its gift shop, where local history books and souvenirs can be found, will be open during the event.
Parking for the event will be available on the lower ball field on the community grounds and the Tomlinson field located across the bridge on Mill Street (entrance near the intersection with Southside Road). There is also parking available on Mill Street but the museum requests that visitors please respect our neighbors and do not park in or block driveways or mailboxes. Handicapped parking will be available at the event entrance.
The event offers free admission and free parking. This is made possible by 22 sponsors including Premier Co-Sponsors, Chief Oil & Gas and Energy Transfer Partners; Oak Sponsors, the Bradford County Room Tax Fund and the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency; Walnut Sponsor, O-SO-KO-ZE Camp Members in Memory of Frank Browning; Hemlock Sponsors, Schoonover Plumbing & Heating, Inc., First Citizens Community Bank, Brian Kingsley Logging, Kellogg Mountain Rod & Gun Club, Vicky L. Droll in memory of John Maguire, Jeannine Kozen in memory of Watson L. Barclay; and 12 Pine Sponsors and additional Promotional Sponsors that will be acknowledged on the day of the event.
More information about Barclay Mountain Heritage Day may be found by visiting www.leroyheritage.org or by calling 570-364-5003. Don’t miss this exciting event!
LeRoy Heritage Museum is now accepting applications from craft vendors for Barclay Mountain Heritage Day, to be held on August 11, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm at 257 Mill Street in LeRoy, Bradford County, PA. Although event coordinators did not originally intend to accept craft vendors due to space considerations, there has been enough interest from potential vendors to reconsider. The museum will now accept applications until August 4, 2018. No applications will be considered after the deadline. A large crowd is expected for this event so this is a great opportunity.
Craft vendors whose products relate to the Barclay Mountain Heritage Day theme are most likely to be accepted for the event. For example, products made from wood would be accepted because lumbering is an important part of the Barclay Mountain story. Other crafts or handmade goods might relate to coal mining, natural gas, forests, conservation, wildlife, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or the history of the mountain. The museum will not accept flea market vendors or commercially made products – all products must be made by the vendor who is selling them.
The vendor application, rules, and a link to pay the vendor fee online can be found at www.leroyheritage.org/craft-vendor-application. The application may be mailed or emailed to LeRoy Heritage Museum to arrive by August 4. The fee may also be mailed. All spaces are outdoors and will be 10’x10’. If more room is needed, additional spaces will need to be reserved. There will be designated areas for craft vendors and all vendors should plan to bring their own tables, chairs, and tents as needed. Electric is not available.
LeRoy Heritage Museum continues to also accept educational exhibits or demonstration tents pertaining to the event theme. There is no cost for setup although these participants are expected to follow the same rules as craft vendors.
The Premier Co-Sponsors of Barclay Mountain Heritage Day are Chief Oil & Gas and Energy Transfer. Oak sponsors are the Bradford County Room Tax Fund and the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency. The Walnut Sponsor is O-SO-KO-ZE camp members in memory of Frank Browning. Over 18 other sponsors in the Hemlock and Pine categories will be acknowledged on the day of the event. The final sponsorship deadline for those interested in participating is July 4, 2018. Families, hunting camps, organizations, and businesses can sponsor in memory of someone who was associated with Barclay Mountain. Visit the website for sponsorship information.
For more information about Barclay Mountain Heritage Day, visit www.leroyheritage.org and click on the event name, or call the museum office at 570-364-5003 and leave a message.