Historical society participates in Passport to History event
Governor Wolf Historical Society in East Allen Township was one of 21 historic sites that participated in Lehigh Valley Passport to History programs. The historical group opened the site, with no admission fee, April 27.
Linda Kortz, historical society president, welcomed guests.
“We have a great group of volunteers that keeps the property in shape. This weekend gives us a venue to showcase crafts from the colonial time period,” she said.
The Ralston-McKeen House had cooking demonstrations on the huge hearth. Kathy Wilhelm prepared a crusted potato and onion pie with a rosemary Bundt cake as a side. The house is restored to its 1795 charm, and restoration continues in the kitchen wing.
The Wolf Academy is where George Wolf went to school and later served as principal. After he became governor of Pennsylvania, he signed the Common School Act of 1834, which started the public school system in Pennsylvania.
The academy building also houses the society’s tavern nights — BYOB events with live, local music.
The Monocacy School, the third building on the site, has a museum, meeting room and working kitchen.
Volunteer re-enactors of the 153rd Pennsylvania set up a Civil War encampment. The group had a session on blacksmithing and a display of Civil War memorabilia.
Inside the buildings, volunteers custom-blended local herbs and cut slate patterns. Children activities included period school books.