Plays were once held on the stage in the Equinunk Methodist Church! Bob Wood displayed flyers and pictures from these productions at a recent EHS Board of Directors meeting. The collection was mounted and framed beautifully, according to viewers. The plays were entitled “Old Fashion Mother” presented in May, 1922, “Path Across the Hill”, May, 1928, and “Confusion”, a three-act play advertised by the National Protective Legion Program, (possibly from 1900.) Some flyers included advertising for local businesses.They must have been greatly entertaining for a populace just emerging from winter hibernation in northeastern Pennsylvania.
From a story entitled “Historical Society to Purchase Manor House” which appeared in the Hancock press, Wednesday, May 18, 1983: “The Manor House was built on the Proprietary Manor land of 2,222 acres at one time owned by Samuel Preston.” The Rev. Alexander Calder and Israel Chapman purchased the land in 1830 or 31, but the Manor house was built around 1810 by Levi Calder, an uncle of Alexander.
The house passed through many owners who were engaged in multiple occupations, including lumbering and farming. It was used as a boarding house by river raftsmen and at one time housed a barber and beauty shop. We will embellish this history in future issues of The Manor.
The beautiful fall colors herald the end of summer, and the Civil War encampment and drills brought to a close the Civil-War-themed programs for this year at EHS. Thanks to Dennis Burnitt and his troops for their informative display and discussion. They even fired their trusty muskets with loud booms, making us remember what a terrible conflict the Civil War turned out to be; thousands died in our own state at Gettysburg and other places.
The Joel Hill Sawmill closed out the season on October 6th. There was an enthusiastic crowd despite the rain showers throughout the day. Folks from Knoxville, Tennessee and Tucson, Arizona enjoyed the operation of this water-powered sawmill. I appreciate all the people who are a part of the mill team. They continually come up with answers and solutions to the occasional problems that arise while keeping a vintage old mill functioning.
Kudos to all the workers for the Car Show, Calder Shop, programs, the newsletter, refreshments, and to the board members and staff who handle day-to-day operations, and to all of you who support EHS.
The Joel Hill Sawmill slumbers now until the crew will reawaken it next spring. The popular attraction is too quiet in the fall and winter – the sign, not yet removed and stored, bumps softly against the building in the wind. The water in the pond deepens as the autumn rains arrive on schedule to refill it.
It was a month of many sadnesses. No, make that a week of many sadnesses. In the space of one week’s time, this area lost four present and former residents. The community is shaken, and experiencing a deep sense of loss.
The 143rd New York Volunteer Infantry encamped on the lawn of the Calder House Museum Saturday September 29th. The group appeared in the mid-morning hours and within minutes set up tents, displays and were warming their hands and brewing coffee over the firepit they had just dug. They performed drills with the able assistance of talented drummer boy, 10-year-old Brett Dirie. The shots from their muskets echoed out over the valley as they marched several times during the afternoon to the beat of the drum. They are always looking for volunteers to join and will help you with all aspects of becoming a soldier, including assistance obtaining an outfit and drill instructions.