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Laceyville's Oldest House Opens For Season


The weather cooperated for the third annual A Simpler Thyme at the Oldest House in Laceyville this past weekend. This is the opening event of the season for the house built in 1781. Members spend the weekend dressed in period clothes and take the time to share with guests how life was during that time.

Carol Stein explained to younger visitors what they would have encountered at school on a typical day. Children were able to write with a feather quill from a turkey and see how they would have carried their lunch to school. They were also provided with a drawing of the Oldest House and while touring could draw each room they went through.

Trudy Jayne, of Double J Farms, was there to discuss the steps necessary to ready sheep’s wool to make quilts, clothes, etc. She demonstrated how to cord wool to prepare it for spinning and spent time at the spinning wheel, sharing stories with those that walked through.

Deborah Courville was serving up a delectable spring vegetable soup. This was made in the cast iron pot on the fire pit outside. Cooking was an all-day process at that time, as you would add ingredients throughout the day and continue to let it simmer.

Robin Robinson was there adding his extensive knowledge of tools used during that era. The majority of artifacts he had displayed were from the surrounding area, and he spent time sharing the history on each piece. Robinson also displayed books and research he has compiled on events in the area. He had on display two pieces of art from traditional frontier artist, Andrew Knez, Jr. that are being raffled at the Muzzleloader Show, which will be held Oct. 3 at the Oldest House.

The first prize piece is a painting entitled “False Trail,” which is the ninth painting in a series of 10. The second prize is a print of “The Abduction of John Tanner.” Both are paintings of actual events that occurred between 1750 and 1830. To learn more about the artist and his work, you can visit www.andrewknezjr.com.

Tickets are $2/each or $5 for three and are available at the Oldest House or by contacting Robinson at 570-250-3105. All proceeds from this raffle will go toward repairs needed at the Oldest House.

There were collections of antique tools, herb gardens and plants for sale. Handmade items were available for purchase, such as Stein’s beautifully crafted bags and jams from Double J Farms. Antiques were showcased throughout the home for one to see how rooms were set up and clothes were displayed from the era.

The Laceyville Historical Society purchased the house in 1976 and keeps a full calendar of events throughout the year. These revolve around certain time periods to match the history of the house and its previous owners. For future event information, keep an eye on the Coming Events in the Rocket-Courier or keep in touch with the Oldest House by joining their Facebook page.

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