Rumor has it that Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train passed through Coburn in 1865.
Kay Gray, Penns Valley Area Historical Museum committee member, said the train tried to hit as many states as possible on its way from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill., but there isn’t actually any documentation of the former president’s connection to Penns Valley.
Nonetheless, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the 16th president’s assassination, the Penns Valley Area Historical Museum has a display dedicated to him, Gray said.
Penns Valley Area Historical Museum opened in May and will close the last Saturday in October.
The museum features new exhibits that include items donated by locals that are more than 100 years old.
This year’s feature exhibit is early American kitchens.
“We have a lot of primitive-style furniture, and kitchenware from the early Colonial days in Penns Valley,” Gray said.
Why focus on early American kitchens?
Gray said the museum tries to feature something new each year.
“We like to feature different things in our collection and have a large donation of early kitchen-type tems,” Gray said. “In my 10 years, we’ve always done something new.”
Gray said that one of the more unique items is an apple peeler dating back to the mid-1800s. It’s made of cast iron and clamps to a table. It allows the turner to put the apple on a spike, and then crank and turn the handle to peel the apple.
“It’s actually the same one we use to peel the apples for our apple dumplings,” Gray said.
The apple dumpling sale during the Dutch Fall Fest is one of the museum’s largest fundraisers.
The museum also includes a second-floor offshoot of the early American kitchen theme with a children’s kitchen including a tea set and cast iron stove; and early school days featuring Haines Township, Aaronsburg and Woodward; and a Civil War exhibit.