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Happenings from the Heisey

December 4 and 5 are very busy for us and we have fun things going on!

Tonight, Saturday, “The Ghosts of Scrooge” from 5-9 p.m. offers half hour tours of the Heisey as “Scrooge” revisits his own ghosts of Christmas. The cost is $8 and group size is limited to six. Masks and social distancing are required. Make your reservation by texting Bonnie at 570-660-4002.

Today, Saturday, Bill Crowell, Budget Artist is again at the Heisey to take your family photo in the Heisey’s beautifully decorated Victorian parlor from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required with a $10 deposit, with $35 due at the time of your photo session. Text Bonnie at 570-660-4002 to make your reservation.

Our favorite mouse is back!! “Chris Mouse Quarantined” the latest in the Chrismouse adventure series by Michael Schloegl. This year’s socially distanced book reading event is at the Poorman Gallery THIS MORNING Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11a.m. It is free and limited to 12 children. Reserve your online pod now by texting Bonnie at 570-660-4002. Masks and social distancing are in effect.

The LHU Department of Arts showing of 150 years of history of bands, drama, choir and more is set up on the main hallway of the Poorman Gallery. Make a viewing appointment by emailing us at info@clintonpahistory.org.

We thank the Scouts from Woolrich Troop 66 for raking leaves at the Heisey House.

FROM THE COLLECTION

In a file cabinet in the research room are many historic site surveys compiled by Susan Hannegan and Jean May. The surveys for the buildings on West Main Street describe many architectural designs including Italianate, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and Bungalow as well as the history of some of the residents. The 1888 Queen Anne residence with many different roof levels at 55 West Main was home to Moore Fredericks and his descendants, many of them in the local banking business.

The home at 104 West Main, built between 1854 and 1857, may have been one of the first structures built on the street. The former Carriage House B&B was constructed c1884 as a carriage house for the George Good residence at 442 West Water St. Good installed an office and a billiards room on the first floor and added an elevator to lift his carriages to the second floor, a unique feature among the carriage houses of Lock Haven.

The Crist/Bickford home, formerly at 320 West Main across the alley from the old LHHS cafeteria, was built in 1863 for Samuel Crist, a local lumberman and owner of several businesses in the city. In 1926, the home was willed to Minnie Bickford, a descendant of Samuel Crist. Remaining in the Bickford family for several generations, the house was one of the few in Lock Haven to remain in the family of the original owner until it was torn down in 2008.

The 1918 English Cottage home at 507 West Main was based on a design printed in Better Homes & Garden as “The House of the Year.” As described in the historic site surveys, West Main Street is full of both beautifully designed homes and people who were vital to the growth of Lock Haven. The Heisey House will be closed to the public from Dec. 17 to Feb. 8. We will be collecting mail and checking phone messages. Email is checked several times daily.

The Annual meeting and election of directors is set for Jan. 10 from 2-4 p.m. We’ll give the details later in December.

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