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Sites to see during Moreland’s Bicentennial Celebration

By Staff | Sep 5, 2013

Ferndale Park, once Moreland's famed vacation spot, was located in a shady areas where a log bridge gave access to panoramic rocky ledges. Enlarged photos of that long ago time can be revisited through photographs during Moreland's bicentennial celebration at the Frazier Bridge, Sept. 14 from 10 to 4.

More than eighteen months of preparation have gone into the upcoming bicentennial celebration in Moreland Township. Rain or shine, hosts will be at seven sites during the event on Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the Canusarago Grange, grangers will stage their meeting room in the former French-town school. Park on Tome Road and catch a horse drawn carriage ride to Frazier bridge. There view enlarged photos of the former Ferndale Park with commentary by June Grube, descendant of its Smith/Opp owners. A designated, decorated photo op area with bridge in the background promises photographers successful shots. Old time photos, family charts, and kids gifts while they last, will be provided by the East Lycoming Historical Society. Also, 30 feet of maps of Little Muncy Creek from Opp to the “Y” intersection where Rts. 405 and 442 meet will be shown by the Muncy Creek Watershed Association.

New and antique road-working machinery, records and maps will be displayed at the township building. Collectible coffee mugs and the commemorative book will be on sale at this site and at closing ceremonies.

At the one room school house, the Eight Square School, guests may cross the threshold and be seated while costumed guides share the history of the county’s first school with Muncy Historical Society members as hosts.

The Wallis family will be at the Smith/Wallis Mill near the plank bottom iron bridge.

Both churches will present their histories via power point presentation. Also at Moreland Baptist, will be quilts on display made by the late women of Moreland.

At 5 p.m., the Baptist Church will host the closing ceremony. Dignitaries, entertainment and prizes are scheduled. Home-grown talent includes an East Lycoming elementary chorus, while the Houseknecht family will be honored by the children of Moreland Baptist Church.

Pros penned during 1895 in an Eight Square School student’s autograph book will be shared; a couple will dance to the music of “School Days;” and the singing of the Sones family tree song.

Prizes will be awarded to the eldest and youngest Moreland resident in attendance, and any person traveling the greatest distance to attend. Others can become eligible for prizes by picking up a free passport at any of the seven locations and stamped at each site. The passport includes a map and description of events for the self-guided tours. Food and rest rooms available at most locations.