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Walking tour and open house planned for historical society

By Staff | Sep 27, 2017

PHOTO PROVIDED A walking cemetery tour was given at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hughesville on Sat. Sept. 16 by Tom Crawley of the East Lycoming Historical Society. The group started at the historic chapel.

HUGHESVILLE – Held on Saturday, September 16 at 2 p.m., the East Lycoming Historical Society (ELHS) sponsored a walking history tour at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hughesville.

The tour was given by Tom Crawley and began at the cemetery chapel. “The first tombstone we visited was Howard “Skinny” Shaffer’s, which was fitting, as he provided headstones for our community,” said Judy Egly. Members said there were some impressive burials there, including WWII veterans. The group visited about 8 sites. Tom and Karen Secules who also attended the tour pointed out their family burial site and shared some family history.

Pleasant Hill Cemetery was incorporated 158 years ago in 1859, the same year it opened. The chapel was erected in 1905 at the cost of $2,200 according to the ELHS, and seats up to 100 persons.

The original cemetery officers were Jeremiah Kelly, president; J. Harvey Fague, secretary; and John R. Swartz, treasurer. Serving on the first board of directors were James K. Boak, Charles W. Bugh, J. Harvey Fague, William Frontz, Jeremiah Kelly, John C. Laird, O. J. Poust, and John R. Swartz.

Evelyn Derrick who was one of the speakers shared some history because her parents and grandparents were the cemetery care takers and are buried there.

PHOTO PROVIDED Karen and Tom Secules are with Tom Crawley as they share information about their family buried at Pleasant Hills.

After the tour at the cemetery a meeting was held. An open house will be held this Saturday, September 30 at 66 S. Main Street from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited to come and see the many changes in the building since it was donated ten years ago to the historical society by George and Pauline Montgomery. “This milestone must be celebrated,” said Judy Egly who is chairing the 10th anniversary event.

The historical society is planning a yard sale for October 6 and 7 and is accepting any unwanted items in good condition, except for electronics or clothing. An “Antique Roadshow” is scheduled for October 15, with the ELSHS hosting its very own version of the PBS show. It will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church social hall from 2 until 4:30 p.m. Also Michael Callahan, an appraiser from Montoursville, will be present to determine the value of any items. This will be a good opportunity to discover more about antiques and what they may be worth.

For more information call the historical society at 570-584-2244.