Oldest House, The


Oldest house in four counties; genealogy history events throughout the year.


A welcome sight to travelers on the old North Branch Canal boats on the  Old North Branch Canal boats, over a hundred years ago was the house,  which is still standing and known as  "The Oldest House", where  passengers could enjoy a cool drink, or stock up on tobacco and food for  the remaining portion of their journey.

This scene, however, did  not occur until nearly a hundred years after the house was built, for  it was in 1781 that Eliha Hall, the areas first carpenter, completed the  house for the James Smith Family.

Wonderfully preserved "The  Oldest House" stands erect today with every chink and corner revealing a  story of the simple living of the past and legends of history.

The  house is built around a large fireplace measuring 8 x 12 feet in the  basement keeping room, with two openings on that level and three on the  main floor. The original hanging irons, as well as hardware elsewhere in  the house were forged by a local blacksmith shop.

The house was  built to face the river. It has been occupied by many families through  the years, among them the Lacey's for whom the town is named. The last  family was the Gordon Morrison's, who restored the house in the late  1940's much as you see it today, except for the porch, which "The Oldest  House Historical Society" had done along with quite a bit of other work  in 1990.

Regarded as the oldest frame house in four counties  (Wyoming, Bradford, Sullivan, and Susquehanna), The Oldest House remains  a well preserved monument to the pioneer days of this region's past and  its people.

Tours are held for the public: June through September , Friday through Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Throughout  the summer there are workbees and activities going on at various times —  if you see someone at the "House" — you are welcome to stop in!!!

During the year there are several special events held to give the public an opportunity to enjoy the house:

May — "A Simplier Thyme" - plants, tours,lunch--new displays for the summer season

July  — "Annual Quilt or Art Show" - local craftsmen are invited to display  their work and demonstrate techiques. Cookies and Lemonade!

October — "Blackpowder Gun Show" - displays, demonstrations - antique firearms from colonial times - collections

"Annual Fancy Fair" — sale of art work, antiques, collectibles and lunch

December — "Annual Christmas Tea" - Holiday season decorations and cookies

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