Sullivan County Historical Society

About

The Sullivan County Historical Society is committed to the education of the people in the county and extended communities of the necessity and significance of preserving and presenting data, artifacts and historical lessons for all people.

Details

Today, the Society maintains a Museum complex consisting of the Main Building, the Baldwin House and garden, the Barn and wagon shed, and the Celestia property.

The Main Building includes the original 34' square portion built in the 1880's, which was used in 1894 to house the Courthouse records while a new Courthouse (the County's second, and existing nucleus of the present building) was being built. The Society acquired the use of half of this nucleus in 1956 to be used as the beginning of a 'home' for the Society's acquisitions. The Pauline Holcombe Wing was added to the original section in 1988 to further expand the facility.

The Baldwin House depicts life circa 1850 - 1880. The garden is reminiscent of the herbs and flowers that could be found in a nineteenth century garden.

The Barn and wagon shed are utilized for displays having to do with outdoor artifacts which are displayed by subject.

The Society also owns the site of Celestia. This utopia was a religious community that was founded in the 1850's by Millennialists (Millerites). It was abandoned in the 1880's after the death of its leader, Peter Armstrong. At one time, the land was deeded to God. But, God paid no taxes, and the land was eventually repurchased by the Armstrong family at a sheriff’s sale. It is located 1 1/2 miles south of Laporte on Rt. 42. ?

The entire complex, when utilized for viewing, research and education, is made available during regular hours, or by appointment, for individuals or groups to tour the facility.


2016 MUSEUM HOURS

June 2 - August 20

Hours: Thurs - Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00

  • Attraction
  • Museums
  • Heritage & History
  • Upstate PA/Endless Mountains
  • Sullivan
  • D&D Brew Works LLC
  • Thorn Haven at Laporte

    Details: From the moment you enter the grounds you will feel like you have been  transported to an English country estate as the long drive meanders  around the large pond and rolling lawns. Come and take in a peaceful  retreat with abundant grounds for family gatherings, weddings and  re...

  • Eagles Mere Arts & Crafts

    Dates: August 11 - August 12

    Details: Village Green, across from the town clock, Eagles Mere. 570-525-3370. www.VisitHistoricEaglesMere.com/events-on-the-green

  • Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum
  • Winterland Winery

    Details: Events and entertainment; rustic country setting.

  • Pioneer Campground

    Details: Award-winning campground! Wooded sites for tents and camper trailers.  Rustic cabins, furnished cottages, pool, game room, planned activities,  pet friendly. WiFi, open pavilion, social hall.

  • Woodland Pines

    Details: Nestled among towering pines trees rests this private and quaint respite from hectic life at the Woodland Pines Cottage.

  • Eagles Mere Antiques Market

    Dates: July 07

    Details: Village Green, across from the town clock, Eagles Mere. 570-525-3370. www.VisitHistoricEaglesMere.com/events-on-the-green

  • Crestmont Inn

    Details: Miles of walking paths, full complimentary breakfast, special event packages, located in historic Eagles Mere.

  • Eagles Mere Inn

    Details: The newly remodeled Eagles Mere Inn is part of the historic and charming  town of Eagles Mere, Pa. Full, Queen, and King rooms, and Junior and  Deluxe suites are available for Bed & Breakfast.