Moreland Township to celebrate bicentennial soon at several sites

Two hundred years of settlement in Moreland Township will be celebrated on Sept. 14.

Seven sites throughout the township will be open for visiting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with presentations, skits and refreshments at many of the locations.

People are free to visit the sites in any order during the day, though it might be advisable to stop by the Moreland Township Building, at 1220 Moreland Township Road, to get one’s bearings.

“The headquarters is the Moreland Township building,” Anita Wagner, bicentennial committee secretary, said. “We will have displays of old and new equipment, have our souvenir booklet for sale, and our coffee mugs.”

Ice cream sundaes will be on sale at the “Eight-square” school, the first school in Lycoming County.

“They’ll be having an ice cream social, and people will be dressed in schoolmarm attire talking about what education was like 200 years ago,” Wagner said.

The East Lycoming Historical Society will be set up at the Lairdsville covered bridge.

“They’ll be presenting information about Moreland’s first families, and a long-lost spot called Ferndale, it was a picnic area,” Wagner said. “The Muncy Creek Watershed Association will be there as well. There will be a photo op area there, and weather permitting, we’ll have horse and wagon rides.”

The two churches in the township are participating.

“At Moreland Community Church, there will be a presentation about the history of the church, with some information about the hand-painted murals on the walls of that church,” Wagner said. “At Moreland Baptist they’ll be having a presentation about the church history and light refreshments.”

A horse and wagon team will be demonstrated at the Wallis Mill, and people will be at the Canusarago Grange, formerly the Frenchtown school, to talk about the history of that building.

At 5 p.m. on the Moreland Baptist grounds, a closing ceremony will be held. State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and East Lycoming schools Superintendent Michael Pawlik will speak, several singing groups will perform, and drawings will be held for prizes donated to the bicentennial.

Everyone who visits all seven sites will be entered into the drawings, for free, Wagner said. Prizes include handmade baskets, an original painting and a handmade porch swing.