Wyalusing’s Heckwelder HouseHere’s a look at a former Wyalusing landmark that is gone forever. The Heckwelder House stood just west of where Wyalusing’s American Legion Post is located today and was built in 1768 by a Quaker missionary named Heckwelder. It was later occupied by Nathan Kingsley and was said to be one of the first permanent dwellings built by white settlers in Bradford County. Kingsley came to Wyalusing from Connecticut in 1777. In June of 1778, Kingsley was captured by Indians and taken to Niagara, NY where he was held prisoner for several years. He eventually escaped and returned to Wyoming, PA where his family had taken refuge after his abduction. During his absence, one of his sons was killed and scalped by Indians and another was taken prisoner and never seen again by his parents. Kingsley was killed when he was 57 years old while returning to his home from a tavern in Wyalusing. He took shelter beneath a large pine tree during a violent thundershower and a limb fell to the ground crushing him. The old home stood vacant for decades and slowly deteriorated and was totally gone by the 1930’s.
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