Barclay Mountain Heritage Day planned for August 11  

In just over one week, the LeRoy Heritage Museum will host Barclay Mountain Heritage Day on Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the community grounds next to the museum located at 257 Mill St. 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 saws 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 a.m.; Noggin Hill, Philadelphia’s popular band specializing in old-time, bluegrass, and Americana will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 p.m. followed by a concert of heritage music presented by Wagner at 2:50 p.m., also under the main program tent. 

All those interested in attending 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, hamburgs, 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 Aug. 11 between 7 and 9 a.m. 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 the 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. 

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