Spend a weekend in historic Muncy

MUNCY – Experience the beauty and charm of one of Pennsylvania’s finest communities as the Muncy Historical Society hosts its annual Historic Homes and Walking Tour, from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20.

The cost of the tour is a donation, which includes admission to showcase properties, a descriptive brochure, special exhibits, shopping opportunities, interaction with living history performers, trolley rides and refreshments.

William Poulton, society executive directory, invites everyone to experience the nostalgia of Muncy when the society offers its guests a different happening annually and on Oct. 20, guests will experience a combination of unique properties, special one-day only exhibit and personal engagements.

Poulton is particularly excited to announce that a replica of the custom coffin in which President Lincoln is buried will be on display and Mary Todd Lincoln will be available to comment on her first lady experiences and to answer questions.

Muncy’s artistic heritage is readily apparent at this stop where the creative geniuses of more than 50 local past and contemporary artists’ works are on display.

The museum’s collection includes a wide range of original art and exemplary craftsmanship, including photography, oil paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, quilting, mosaics, watercolor, sculpture, and home decor.

The Civil War theme continues with this year’s special exhibits at the 40 N. Main St. location.

In the Society’s meeting room, the movie “Lincoln” will be aired and a collection of mourning attire will be on display.

The properties are interesting since the society features homes representing a variety of architectural styles from Colonial to Federal to Victorian eclectic.

The St. James Episcopal Church, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival style, will be this year’s featured church.

Parishes grill hot dogs in the garden area and Mary Todd Lincoln will discuss her life experiences from the sanctuary at 4:15 p.m.

The trolley will make its way up and down Muncy’s main street during the event hours and the on-board guide will regale passengers with pertinent facts about Muncy’s artistic and historical heritage.

There will be a number of stops, clearly marked, so that passengers can embark and disembark conveniently near all of the tour locations.

Ticket holders may park in one of the centrally located designated areas and most of the Muncy properties are within easy walking distance.

Advance tickets, at the discounted price and may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 11, 14 and 18, or by mail at P.O. Box 11, Muncy, PA 17756. Tickets the day of the tour may be purchased at the Muncy Historical Society.

For more information, call the Muncy Historical Society at 546-5917 or visit www.MuncyHistori calSociety.org.