Taber Museum to host field trip

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St., will host a field trip to the Stone Church, Allenwood, and the Eagle Grange No. 1, Montgomery, at 2 p.m. Sept. 6. Participants will have the opportunity to view the sites, which are not frequently open to the public. Participants must provide their own transportation and register.

Convening at the Stone Church, participants will be met by researchers Martha and Steve Huddy. The church is the location in which the War Department held two meetings in 1942 to plan the construction of a TNT production plant. Once the plans were finalized, the government ordered all the residents of the town of Alvira to leave their combined 8,400 acres of land. The families were promised that the land would be returned to them when the war was over. However, the production of TNT contaminated the land, making it impossible for the families to grow crops on it anymore. The story was told by the Huddys in their documentary “Surrender!: The Sudden Death of Alvira, Pennsylvania.” The Huddys will provide background on Alvira and the Stone Church. There also will be an opportunity to explore the accompanying cemetery.

The trip also will include a visit to the Eagle Grange at 3:30 p.m. Founded by Luke Eger and established in 1871, the Eagle Grange is the oldest grange in Pennsylvania, predating the establishment of the state organization by two years. The group will be met by Elizabeth Downey, who presented a lecture on the topic at the Lycoming County Historical Society last year.

A donation is requested per person. For more information or to register, visit the museum, or call 570-326-3326.

Editors note: A correction was made to update an incorrect figure. It previously said there was 850 acres of land. There is 8,400.