Hancock-Chehocton Historical Society
The Hancock-Chehocton Historical Society at 61 Wheeler Street in Hancock Village is a hidden gem of a place to visit. It houses a growing research library of local history and genealogical records as well as some fascinating memorabilia from Hancock’s past as a bustling and thriving logging and quarrying community. If you’re a history buff, or if you just love a really good story, stop in and pay them a visit. But call ahead. Hours vary with the seasons. Contact Jim Serio: 607.637.2992
UncleBrother is an art gallery/restaurant located in the former DaBrescia Motors car dealership and repair shop in Hancock Village.
Enjoy an eclectic menu of art and food from the four corners of the world in this unique space designed by art dealer Gavin Brown and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Open weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The Camptons Art and Design Studio and Gallery
New to Hancock, The Camptons Art Studio and Gallery exhibits the paintings and artwork of proprietors/artists in residence Jim and Laura McManus along with other artists from the surrounding area.
The Camptons offers a dazzling array of colorful direct-import, vintage, and antique tribal rugs procured from the collection of Donna Endres of Istanbul and Samarkand Rug Gallery in Austin, Texas. These unbelievable pieces of useable and hanging art seem custom-made for the modern cabin and contemporary farmhouse.
The Camptons also offers handmade mercantile items such as bath products, limited edition t-shirts, prints, and a line of modern camp-style furniture.
Summer hours (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) are Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sundays 11 am to 3 pm. Off-season hours are Friday through Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Appointments available by request.
Louise Adelia Read Memorial Library
The beautiful Louise Adelia Read Memorial Library houses a historical exhibit of the famous bluestone industry in Hancock, as well as other items and papers of local historical interest. Contact: 607.637. 2519
Calder House Museum
If you stand at the crossroads of Pennsylvania Route 191 and Pine Mill Road in Equinunk, PA and then turn to face an old white house with a green roof, you will be looking at the headquarters of the Equinunk Historical Society. This same house was once the farmhouse of H.N. Farley’s Equinunk Manor Dairy Farm and later the Earl and Ethel Lord boarding house. There is much more information on the house contained in books and papers available at the Museum.
The Museum is open from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from the first of May through the end or October. The museum is also open from Noon until 4:00 PM Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend and Sundays in July and August. Call 570-224-6722 or 570-224-4466 for further details.
Joel Hill Water-Powered Sawmill
The Hill Sawmill was built by William Holbert and J.D. Branning just after the Civil War, one of many they owned in the area. Joel Hill purchased the Mill from the Holbert heirs in 1898, along with 1500 acres of timberlands and the 205 acre body of water known as Duck Harbor. The Mill remained in operation until 1974.
The sawmill was entirely powered by water. In the winter, loggers gathered timber and piled it on the hill across the road from the pond. In the spring, employees would pull the stop blocks out and the logs would roll down the hill into the pond. There, they were cleaned off and then dragged into the mill with grabs attached to a huge rope.
Employees would raise the wooden gate in the sawmill dam and let water into the 28 inch pipe, or penstock, leading into the turbine. The turbine rotates the power take off shaft, which runs the entire mill. Originally, a water wheel was used, but it was washed away in the Pumpkin Flood of 1903. Through a series of belts and pulleys, the 54 inch saw blade is turned at 850 RPMs.
The Mill is open only on special occasions during the summer months. See our Goings On page or phone 570.224.6722 for hours of operation.
The Deposit Historical Society Museum
Housed in a beautifully restored 1800’s bank, the Deposit Historical Society Museum features one-of-a-kind exhibits — from powder horns to pianos — and plays host to special events throughout the year.
Admission is free. Check their web site for operating hours and events calendar.
1031 Old Rte 17
Livingston Manor, NY
Catskill Fly Fishing Museum
Just up the road a bit on Old Route 17 is the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor, NY, whose mission it is to preserve America’s fly fishing heritage; to teach its future generations of fly fishers; and to protect its fly fishing environment. The Center operates a historical and contemporary museum and an education center and is a gathering place for the entire fly fishing community to share their ideas and experiences.The CFFCM is proud to be the home of The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, The Demarest Rodmakers Gallery, The Poul Jorgensen Golden Hook Award, The Catskill Rodmakers Gathering, The Hardy Cup, The Wulff Gallery, The Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Arts of the Angler Craft Center. The CFFCM is recognized internationally as a sister museum to Italy’s International Museum of Fly Fishing, Stanislao Kuckiewicz in Castel di Sangro.