A Simpler Thyme Set for May 17-18 at Laceyville’s Oldest House

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The Oldest House-Laceyville Area Historical Society would like to invite you to join us on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 from 9am to 5pm for our annual Simpler Thyme celebration.

Each year we try to celebrate the history of the House and our town, Laceyville. Research is ongoing but this year we have been able to clarify some past residents, both owners and renters of the House.

A few years ago, Carol Stein, one of our members won a beautiful wildflower quilt raffled by the Camptown Civic Club at the Camptown Races. Come and visit the House to learn of the quilt top’s journey from a local quilt shop to Laceyville’s Oldest House.

Complimenting the delicate flowers of the quilt will be a display of the many pieces of pink Depression glass owned by Bonnie Jayne of Laceyville. Bonnie has been collecting for many years and will have a beautiful display set up in the front kitchen of the house.

All three floors will be open for touring. The ground floor Keeping Room is decorated simply around the large fireplaces with ironware and the basic tools a settler of the late 1700s would have needed. There is also a display of artifacts found during the recent restoration. Blueprints of the project can be seen as well as the report from Cornell University dating the wood samples analyzed by the Dendrochronology department.

The third floor period clothing display will highlight The Women’s Suffrage

Movement with clothes worn from 1840 through 1920 as women marched toward independence and the Vote.

As always, we will have herbs for sale to start your kitchen garden as well as any plants people would like to donate such as house plants or outdoor plants that have been divided and anxious for a new home.

The Oldest House is located at 297 Main St., Laceyville. For more information, call 570-869-1679.

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