Allison-Antrim Museum Celebrates 10 Years of Discovery

PHOTO CAP: The above May 22, 1877 public sale broadside was posted around the area advertising the estate sale of Samuel C. Walck, father of Henry S. Walck. Five head of horses, 13 head of cattle (four of which were milk cows), 11 head of ewes with lambs, one two-horse wagon with bed, one family buggy, one good-as-new windmill, household and kitchen furniture, and 15 acres of grain in the ground were auctioned off beginning at 9 o'clock in the morning of the day of sale.



Allison-Antrim Museum Celebrates 10 Years of Discovery

During the month of August, Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA will celebrate 10 years of discovering Greencastle-Antrim's heritage! The museum opened on August 1, 1998, the first day of the 1998 Old Home Week celebration.
During the past 10 years, through the generosity of community members and former Geencastle-Antrim residents, its collections have grown to include one of the largest collections of Pennsylvania governors' signatures; a premier Civil War collection with uniforms, sabers, and personal artifacts that belonged to local veterans, a field surgeon's surgical kit, 12 Philadelphia Inquirer newspapers chronicling the death and burial of President Abraham Lincoln, Civil War letters, and an early 1800s slave collar; the Carl's Drug Store collection; and a collection of paintings by Walter Washington Smith, an African American artist from Greencastle. Two pictorial history books were written and published about the history of Greencastle-Antrim and the monthly speaker series, which is open to the public, has sponsored both local historians and nationally known speakers such as Ed Bearss, Dennis Frye, Andy Waskie, and Ted Alexander.
It was the foresight of the 1998 board of directors which developed the long range plan for Allison-Antrim Museum that has guided and steered succeeding boards in carrying out the 1998 board's vision for preserving Greencastle-Antrim's history and heritage for future generations. The saving of and reconstruction of the mid-1800s German bank barn on the museum's property is the culmination of providing a safe, climate-controlled storage facility for Allison-Antrim Museum's collections.
In addition to the Civil War collection, a special exhibit on agriculture will be opened during the month of August. Agriculture was the primary industry from the time the early settlers came to Antrim Township, the western edge of the frontier, in the early 1730s. Agriculture in turn spawned other industries like the water-powered grist mills which peppered the countryside of Franklin County until the discovery of electricity. At that time, grist mills became more centrally located in towns.
Over 12,000 acres of land was being used in Antrim Township during the mid-1920s for fruit production, which in turn supported such agricultural-related businesses as fruit processing plants. A clover header, flail, and a Henry S. Walck grain cradle will be exhibited. Also on display will be the 1877 public sale broadside for the estate of Samuel C. Walck, Henry's father. A photo gallery of agricultural-related photographs, which date from the late 1800s into the mid 20th century, will be exhibited. A visit to Allison-Antrim Museum in August promises discovery of Greencastle-Antrim's heritage and America's history.
Beginning in August, Allison-Antrim Museum will be open a third day each month. The dates and times in August will be Tuesday, August 5 from 1-4 pm; Thursday, August 7, noon to 3 pm; and Sunday, August 10, 1-4 pm. Both the museum house and the barn will be open.
There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted. For more information, call 717-597-9010 or visit the Web site at www.greencastlemuseum.org.