The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

May 31, 2013

Historical Glimpses of Union County Opens on June 8

LEWISBURG — Coinciding with Union County’s Bicentennial Celebration, Packwood House Museum’s exhibit titled, Historical Glimpses of Union, is now on display in the Packwood House Museum’s Tour Center on North Water and Market streets, Lewisburg, every Tuesday through Saturday from June 8 through Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This particular exhibition includes a great variety of images and objects — old photographs, artwork from the recently held Bicentennial event, Sketch Union County where local artists took up pencils, pens, and brushes to capture their favorite spots in Union County as part of the Arts Festival in May.

Rare maps of Union County from 1857 and 1881 will be on view; the earlier one dating three years after Union County was split in two with the southern half becoming Snyder County and when Lewisburg was established as Union County’s new seat of governance.

Lewisburg memorabilia including advertising items of all sorts as well as a very special home movie from the 1940s featuring Lewisburg and the surrounding area, will be particular crowd favorite.

In addition, items of local historical significance will be highlighted during tours of the museum that depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Included in the tour will be portraits of Colonel John Kelly and his wife Sarah, locally-made Pennsylvania-German furniture which was gathered by Edith Fetherston, the museum’s founder, and quilts made in Union County, on display in the Robert Glover Shoemaker Quilt Gallery. The late Mr. Glover, of Vicksburg bought hundreds of Pennsylvania quilts and the largest portion of his purchases can be seen at the Packwood House Museum.

Packwood Museum was a log tavern, an inn, and in the early 1800s became a hotel that, by 1885, was called America House with 27 rooms. From 1936-1972 it was the large private home of John and Edith Fetherston. Their home and furnishings were opened in 1976 by a non-profit board of directors as a museum for the public’s enjoyment.

This Bicentennial event at the Packwood House Museum is one of many being planned for the public’s enjoyment in 2013, the year of Union County’s Bicentennial Celebration. For more Bicentennial events go to


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