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Oldest House To Extend Fancy Fair



By Rick Hiduk

Patrons of Laceyville’s Oldest House and the Laceyville Area Historical Society (LAHS) enjoyed some harvest time treats and took advantage of bargains on glassware, dishware, and Christmas decorations during the organization’s annual Fancy Fair fundraiser, which was held on Oct. 21 and 22 and will be extended to Saturday, Oct. 29.

Volunteers served bowls of butternut squash soup, chili, and sauerkraut soup, as well as sandwiches. A bevy of baked goods sold out quickly on Friday, though LAHS vice president Debbie Stevens expected members to restock the baked goods table with some new items for Saturday’s visitors. Guests also enjoyed a variety of sandwiches and beverages, including apple cider.

According to Stevens, who was working with co-vice president Carol Stein, Fancy Fair got its start as a fine arts, textiles, and crafts sale about 34 years ago. The event grew into a major fundraiser when LAHS started asking for donations from the community of premium dishware, including imported stemware and cut glass and domestic pieces like depression-era glassware.

LAHS board members and other volunteers also offered tours of the building, which is believed to be the oldest frame structure in Wyoming, Bradford, Sullivan, and Susquehanna Counties. Constructed by Eliha Hall in 1781 as the residence of the James Smith Family, the house also served at various times as a respite and general store frequented by travelers riding canal boats on the Susquehanna River, which the building faces. Features include multiple fireplaces that share a common central chimney, the basement “keeping room,” and three upstairs bedrooms that are decorated to reflect several different eras during which the home was inhabited.

Families to have lived in the house include the Laceys, for whom the borough was named, and the Morrisons, the last family to reside there beginning in the late 1940s.

In addition to the aforementioned, LAHS associates who helped with last weekend’s Fancy Fair are Marie VanDeMark, Carol and Brian Stein, Gary Stevens, LAHS president Tony DeRemer, and new volunteers Nancy Hunsinger, Carol Furman, and Evelyn Boyer.

DeRemer related that prices on numerous items that were not sold last weekend, including Christmas decorations, ceramic pieces, and Avon collectibles, will be reduced for clearance this weekend. There is still plenty of premium glass- and dishware to choose from as well.

For additional information about the Oldest House and LAHS, including arranging for group tours of the home, readers may call Carol Stein at 570-869-1426.


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