Farm Harvest Festival At Historic Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum
For Immediate Release
October 5, 2011
Photographs Attached (captions at bottom of release)
Farm Harvest Festival
At Historic Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum
In Whitehall Township, “Egypt,” Pennsylvania
Saturday, October 15th
Allentown, PA – Experience an old-time fall harvest at the historic 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, 4229 Reliance Street in Whitehall Township, during the Lehigh County Historical Society’s “First Annual” Fall Harvest Festival. The festival, featuring vintage farm equipment, farmhouse tours, crafts for all ages, and pumpkin painting, will occur on Saturday, October 15th from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m. The announcement was made today by Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Society.
The event will feature unique exhibits of never-before-displayed farm vehicles and antique equipment. “Visitors will travel in time as they see wagons, carriages, sleighs, and other history relics, many dating back almost 200 years. Guest Curator Ron Smith of Allentown has assembled a unique and fascinating exhibition,” said Garrera. Visitors will discover the world of antique horse-powered farm tools, including a rare early wooden plow and a one horse-power treadmill powered by a single horse. Also included in the exhibit will be antique tractors that eventually replaced horse-drawn equipment.
This is an event for the whole family. In keeping with the harvest theme, children will be able to make cornhusk dolls, string apples to dry, gather nuts, and paint pumpkins they can take home. Visitors can enjoy farm life as they experience old-fashioned chores such as churning butter, and carrying water.
Tours of the historic 1756 Pennsylvania German Troxell-Steckel Farmhouse, led by Museum Educators in historical clothing, will offer visitors the opportunity to step into history. Discover how the fall harvest was transformed into food for the table, yarn for clothing, remedies for healing, and much more.
The historic Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, located at 4229 Reliance Street in the Egypt section of Whitehall Township, is one of the oldest and best–preserved examples of Pennsylvania-German craftsmanship in the state. When the current farmhouse was built by John Peter Troxell in 1756, it was “one of the largest and most impressive homes on the Pennsylvania frontier.” The home’s fortress-like masonry walls are more than two feet thick. “The farmhouse was built when George Washington was only twenty-four years old, and America was ruled by the King of England,” said Garrera. The Lehigh County Historical Society has restored, repainted, and enhanced this farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Our goal is to showcase this historical property, to increase awareness of the enduring accomplishments of Pennsylvania Germans,” said Garrera. Event admission is FREE to Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum/ Lehigh County Historical Society members; non-members pay only $6 for adults, $3 for non-member children, and children under 5 FREE.
The Lehigh County Historical Society is a teaching institution that attracts a diverse audience. Its collections of historical Americana, located primarily at its headquarters, the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut Street in Allentown, include over 35,000 three-dimensional objects, 3 million documents and more than 75,000 vintage photographs. For more information, contact Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, at 484-553-2592 (cell) any time of day or at 610-435-1074. Visit www.lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org or visit us on Facebook.
The historic Troxell-Steckel Farm is located at 4229 Reliance Street in the Egypt section of Whitehall Township. For more information, contact Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, at 484-553-2592 (cell) any time of day or at 610-435-1074. Visit www.lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org or Facebook.
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House: The Troxell-Steckel House in Whitehall Township will be open for tours as part of a Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Barn: The Troxell-Steckel Barn in Whitehall Township will feature agricultural exhibits during the Fall Harvest Festival on October 15th from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Wagon: Farm wagons will be on exhibit during the Fall Harvest Festival on October 15th from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m.