Haycock Country Marketplace - Stokes Open House at Haycock Fire hall on June 4 had nearly perfect weather conditions for the added attractions this year. Lifetime member Greg Seifert, who co-owns local Haycock Mountain Pride Farm with partner Laura DiDonato, offered free wagon rides to HHS's Stoke's Open-house from 10-2, departing the lot across from the Fire Hall at St. Paul's church. The magnificent team of Belgian draft horses, "Willie" & "Waylon" dutifully made over 12 round trips between the fire house and the Stokes property, just under a quarter mile away. For each round, the wagon was packed full of curious riders. Over 40 guests signed the guest book at the Stokes house but Pat DeWald reports that many more visited that day.
Back at the firehouse, an amazing selection of vintage auto's were on display for the day. Some of the cars included in the show: 1932 Plymouth panel body- owner/member, Carl Stauffer, rare 1935 P-type MG - owner/member, Jason Urban, 1936 Auburn- owner, John Tatu, 1937 Packard - owner, E.J. Moser, 1941 Ford flat-bed truck- owner, Jim Hall, 1941 custom Ford Convertible - owner/members, Margaret & Dave Guttman, 1951 Chevy truck- owner,Timothy Holt, 1966 Ford Mustang - owner, Byron Bealer, 1966 Chevrolet Corvette- owner Dennis Koch, 1971 Ford Torino- owner Eileen Layton, and 1978 Jeep CJ-5 - owner, Ellen McCracken. HHS is thankful to all of the classic and custom car owners who attended on June 4'th, several of whom remain unnamed, having joined the show as passers-by. A special registered car participant raffle for a $50.00 Becker's dinner gift certificate was won by Jim Hall of Ottsville, owner of the 1941 Ford truck. Congratulations, Jim!
Inside table space filled to capacity early with vendors selling everything from antiques and flea market finds to jewelry and handcrafted birdhouses. A table, reserved for HHS merchandise doubled as a book store & information exchange. This year, authors of our latest book, "Our Lost Tohickon Valley...", (Margie Goldthorp-Fulp and Pam Feist-Varkony), occupied the HHS table, both selling their signed books and collecting information which will become part of a second book. Visitors were encouraged to share stories and pictures and tell about their experiences on the land that became Lake Nockamixon. The women reported many interesting new leads came, especially from families on the Bedminster side of the Tohickon Valley.
Thanks to the many generous member donations to the White Elephant table, the event outdid itself this year, raising $300.00 alone.
Both Giant Foods and Yum-Yum Donuts of Quakertown supported the efforts of HHS food sales by donating gift certificates which were used to feed the crowd. A sure sign of the increased amount of visitors, the events team ran out of hot dogs to sell by 1:00 PM. Much appreciated live music was provided all day by talented members-- Ed Bauer, Rich Laughlin, Gordon Allem and Steve Applegate. Many hands and purses were involved in the great day Marketplace was. We wish to thank each and every one for contributing their part toward its success. Member Wayne Keller took some great shots of the June 4th
festivities. Look for them on the HHS website: www.haycockhistoricalsociety.org
- We are especially grateful to Greg Seifert for his generous donation of time and equipment
By Erin DuBois Somewhere near the center of Nockamixon State Park, daffodils burst up through a split rock in springtime, among the sole survivors of a ...
Erwin Stover House
Historic Home to get needed repairs
Work to restore the 200 year old Erwin Stover House could
begin by June
The home bears the name of the two families whom once owned
it and resided there.
It was built by William Erwin, for whom the town of Erwinna
is named. William's father Arthur, an Irish immigrant, purchased
the land in 1761.
It was part of the original land grant given to William Penn
by King Charles II of England in 1681. A portion of the house
was constructed in 1800 and another wing in 1820. Following the
death of William's daughter in 1846, the home was sold to local
miller Henry Stover. Henry's son Jacob added another wing in the
1860. The Stovers held on to the house until 1955 when
descendent John J. Stover turned the property and the 126 acres
to Bucks as the county's first public park. Today the house is
open for tours from June to October.
June 12, 2010 -
On May 23. 2009 , Jim Deegan accepted a plaque from
Haycock Historical Society's president, Chris Handschin,
honoring his late father, Gerard F. Deegan who passed away
in 2008. The plaque, inset with the first produced Haycock
Historical Society 2008 Commemorative red clay tile
commemorates the senior Deegan's achievements. Scanning Pen
Officer's announced the purchase of a Scanning Pen at the
September, 2008 General Meeting. The pen, (more like a
wand), has a memory card onboard, USB plugs and ports as
well as batteries for remote use. It can be taken into a
library such as the Spruance Archival Library where
documents, files and maps and newspapers can be scanned and
stored on its card, later to be downloaded to our laptop.
Documents are copied in color or black & white simply by
running the wand over the desired area. This easy process
not only saves our researchers hours of time writing down
the information we find, but it also save the expense of
having the documents photocopied. It is considered the
safest way to copy archival documents because they are not
excessively handled by this duplicating process. The pen
will be kept and used by our research department.
Singer Redware Plate
Officers and members wish to sincerely thank member,
Nancy Singer for her recent Memorial Contribution.
At the September General Meeting, Mrs. Singer donated a
Singer Redware plate from her private collection to the
Haycock Historical Society in memory of her late husband,
Webster Singer. Webster was the great-grandson of the famous
Haycock Redware Potter, Simon Singer. Webster and Nancy gave
a presentation on the workings of Singer Pottery for the
society in 2006.
The plate will be on display at the township in the glass
Governance Committee: After careful consideration we
have purchased a Panasonic SDR-H18 camcorder. It will prove
invaluable for use in recording and presenting the many
events and speakers we arrange. We will soon begin an
archival collection of DVD's which members can sign out to
Beth Kerdock Memorial Fund The Kerdock family has
graciously directed Memorial contributions in Beth's name to
be sent to our Haycock Historical Society. To date we have
$1680.00 in contributions. To honor Beth's memory in the
best possible way and remembering her amazing computer
research abilities, we have decided to purchase a laptop
computer which we will christen "Beth." Beth will contain
all our archival data and pictures and will be available to
assist all our members in discovering the history of
Haycock. The laptop will be housed at the Haycock Township
Building and will be available to all members during the
hours of operation. It will be a part of our functions as
well, sharing slide presentations of our many and varied
Help Wanted: Paper Clippers for Daily
Intelligencer Needed We've begun a campaign to capture the
history being made today in our Haycock for it will one day
become the history the next generation of historians will
seek out. Thanks to Cathi Gelwicks and Bill Peischel the
Morning Call will soon be covered! Thanks to Heather Radick,
the Bucks County Herald will be covered! We are actively
seeking a member (or members) to clip articles from the
Daily Intelligencer about Haycock, it's residents or
accomplishments. H.H.S. will provide archival quality
scrap-book journals and supplies to participants while they
work independently, collecting clippings. At periodic
intervals, the clippings will be scanned into our database
and be made available to members from "Beth", our memorial
Connect with our Living Historical Treasures
(Retired Residents!) in a Real & Beneficial Way H.H.S. is
fond of our long time residents. They hold the keys to the
secrets of our recent past! We are seeking to provide a
service to any of those seniors in that spirit of preserving
history. The Haycock Township office has enlisted our help
identifying those senior citizens in our township who may
benefit from the services of Meals On Wheels. If a need
exists, we are challenged to fill it by scheduling a few of
our members to volunteer, delivering hot meals from St.
Luke's Hospital in Quakertown to folks in need in the
township. This is not a charity, rather a very reasonable
fee-based service providing seniors with the healthy diet
and hot meal, which may have been difficult to get before.
If you are, or know of someone who could benefit, please
contact Chris Handschin (215) 490-4940 or
If you would like to be put on a list of those who are
willing to deliver meals occasionally, should such a service
become available, please contact Chris as well.