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Open house for Muncy Farms planned

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Muncy Farms will welcome visitors to celebrate its 250-year legacy from noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 21.

Presented by the Muncy Historical Society, the event is “a unique opportunity to see a private residence,” Linda Poulton of the society said.

The property was once the site of Fort Muncy, a significant portion of the Pennsylvania canal and is still home to the oldest all-iron railroad bridge still in service, though only for vehicular, not rail traffic and the oldest standing homestead in Lycoming County.

The event will offer a glimpse into the important events that mark the long history of the property that at one time included 7,600 acres from Muncy to Montoursville as well as tour of Samuel Wallis’ homestead. Samuel Wallis who was one of the largest landowners in colonial Pennsylvania and was instrumental in developing the frontier.

“As a historical society, we are honored to have the opportunity to present Muncy Farms, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the oldest and probably the most historic property in all of Lycoming County.” said Bill Poulton of the Muncy Historical Society.

The afternoon will include:

• A re-dedication of a 1920’s bronze-on-stone monument

• Samuel Wallis’ role during the American Revolution

• The Great, and Second, Runaways of 1778 & 1779

• 18th century surveying

• Native American & Revolution War reenactments

• Civil War Thompson Battery “C” with their 10-pound Parrott Rifle

• An interactive spinning & weaving activity

• A 1860 canal boat

• Picnic-fare foods

• Free trolley rides running from the Lycoming Mall to the Muncy Farms property

• An admission fee will be charged, which will benefit the Muncy Historical Society

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