Coming Sunday - Chicken BBQ - Equinunk Fire Company

Equinunk Volunteer Fire Company chicken barbecue. There will be games and entertainment sponsored by the Equinunk and Damascus First Responders. Music will be provided all afternoon. Food will include chicken, clams, sausage, ice cream, soda, and beer. Takeouts will be available. Come join in the fun and support your local fire company in this annual fundraising event. The event will be held rain or shine.

Coming Sunday - Art Appreciation Day

This years Art Appreciation Day will feature the work of Lauren Floden – prominent fine artist, portrait artist, and harpist.

Lauren Floden has created fine art, portraiture and photographic works for both local and international clientele for over thirty years. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City but acknowledges her talents as God given. Working in oils, acrylics, pastels, conte crayon as well as pen and ink, Lauren welcomes commissions and works with each client to create treasured works of art.

Lauren, is a longtime resident of Sherman, Pennsylvania and began playing the Celtic harp about 10 years ago. Since then, she has built her repertoire while providing music for her community. She has performed for weddings, memorials, vocal performances and in a variety of venues such as concerts, nursing homes, hospitals and at the bedside for Hospice visitation.

Lauren believes, "Where the harp sings, tranquility follows."

Also scheduled today is the famous Equinunk Fireman’s Chicken Bar-B-Cue. Plan to visit both venues.

The Calder House

If you stand at the crossroads of Pennsylvania Route 191 and Pine Mill Road in Equinunk 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. When the Lords purchased the house in 1915, they knew it to be over 100 years old but no documents existed to absolutely prove it. A very early parchment map owned by Ann Preston Vail shows two structures, one of which may well be this house. This map, known to be authentic, was handed down in the papers of Samuel Preston (land agent, manager for Henry Drinker of Philadelphia, and great-great-great-grandfather of Ms. Vail). Henry Drinker was a large land holder in northeastern Pennsylvania. The land, amounting to 2222 acres, was originally surveyed as of December 8th, 1773, for the Proprietors (or William Penn family) as Equinunk Manor. Preston acquired the land from Penn’s heirs in 1812. It then passed to his sons, Paul and Warner, in 1831. They then sold it in 1833 (recorded in 1834) to Alexander Calder and Israel Chapman. This was the last sale of the entire tract. These two divided it the same year, Calder retaining land on both sides of the creek in Equinunk, and Chapman taking the land up-creek.

H.N. Farley bought the Calder lands and buildings from the estate of Joseph Calder in 1879. The next sale was to the Lords in 1915. They sold it to Martin Perrone in 1949, when it was converted into a barbershop and beauty parlor. Scott and Donna Eldred bought the house in 1969 and this was followed by the Christine and Ross Hessberger purchase in 1971. The Equinunk Historical Society bought the house in 1983.

The 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. They were cleaned off and 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 RPM’s.

The Mill is open five times a year and there is much more to learn and see. Next year, check this site for our programs and times of operation.