By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG — The Steelers game isn’t until Sunday night, so that opens up the day for something classy, like “Historic Ramblings,” a public tour of seven vintage properties in western Union County to mark the county’s bicentennial.
Load up the car and head west. From 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the seven sites will be available for a look inside. The tickets — just $10 per person — are available today at the Carriage Corner in Mifflinburg, the West End Library in Laurelton and the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau and the Lewisburg Hotel, both in the Lewisburg area. Children are free in their family’s car.
On Sunday, tickets will be available only at the Lewisburg Hotel and the Barber Mansion, Thom Rippon’s home, at 2640 Red Ridge Road in White Springs. That’s one of two sites rarely open to the public. The other is the Mountain View Old Order Mennonite Church meeting house and buggy stalls, which will be open only at 2:45 p.m. and will feature a presentation by Groffdale Mennonite Eli Reiff.
Other sites on the tour are: Sampsell’s Grist Mill, also known as Penns Creek Pottery; the 1815 New Berlin Courthouse and home of the New Berlin Heritage Association’s museum; the site of the 1755 LeRoy Spring Massacre; the 1806 wooden Elias Church and 1803 Gutelius log house in Mifflinburg; and the Civilian Conservation Corps camp, now the Union County Sportsmen’s Club, by Penns Creek in Weikert.
That’s 40 miles of meandering through lovely Union County and taking in some historic treasures.
The tour sites are not handicapped accessible.
This is a Union County Bicentennial Passport program. Information and updates on this and other bicentennial events are available at www.UnionCounty200.com.