Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley
|Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM|
We just finished up another week of the "Bigger and Better" Huntingdon County Fair. The Huntingdon County Fair is an annual tradition for many local families. It is one of the oldest, most continuous county fairs in the state, having started in 1831.
One of my favorite features is the Farm Museum that is housed at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds. The board members and community members attend public auctions and scour antique stores and stands to find new items for the collection. The museum also accepts items on loan for display purposes. You never know what you will discover at the Farm Museum.
This year, I found a history of the James Creek Mill and some sacks that showed the names of the millers.
After I did my initial blog post, site member Dale Norris contacted me and shared this photo of an original bag when Joseph Grubb was the miller. The photo was shared with Dale by George and Anna Mary Grove.
The above history is included with this sack below for the next miller:
Here is the next sack in the history, also on display at the farm museum:
There was also a poster for the Marklesburg and Woodcock Valley Picnic:
The poster is dated September 3, 1921. I apologize for the reflections. I tried so hard to block out the fluorescent light to no avail.
A new tradition my son and I started last year was attending the tractor parade on Wednesday afternoon. This year, he was another year older and enjoyed it even more. This year, the parade started with Clair Grove driving his 1928 Model A Ford. He drove the fair queen and royalty as grand martial of the parade. The tractors followed and it was concluded with a vintage fire truck.
The Model A, tractors, and fire truck are all on display at the Farm Museum during the fair and/or throughout the year.
The Huntingdon County Fair is finished for another year, but if you have the opportunity to visit in 2014, please be sure to check out the Farm Museum for more pieces of Woodcock Valley history.
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