Last update: May 20, 2013
Allison-Antrim Museum is tucked into the residential community on
South Ridge Avenue across from the
Greencastle-Antrim Middle School, and for this reason it is somewhat
camouflaged to the
passersby. Inside its front door though, lies a gem where one may
discover Greencastle-Antrim's Heritage.
Admission is free, so it makes the perfect family
destination during these difficult economic times. It's located directly across from the GA School District campus
opportunities for students at all grade levels with educational field trips.
The Pennsylvania Department of Tourism has designated Allison-Antrim Museum
an official site on the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails of History.
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
● Any other time by appointment
● Visit Website for special weekend events and dates.
● Groups welcome,
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365 South Ridge Avenue
Greencastle, PA 17225
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Antrim, PA, click here.
Please Help Support The Museum
Allison-Antrim Museum is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. All
donations are tax deductible.
will allow you to use your credit card or PayPal to make a donation. .
Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. will serve as an educational resource and develop
partnerships for and with the Greencastle-Antrim School District and other
educational institutions enhancing the study of local and regional history,
including: social/cultural/political development; military history; and history
of industry/commerce/agriculture. Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. is dedicated to
upholding the professional and educational standards as set forth by the
American Alliance of Museums.
Announcing the new
Museum Online Store
The physical store is located in the
barn. All items for sale
are also included on this online store. (in progress)
Civil War Letters and
hundred and fifty years ago on August 4, 1862 President Lincoln issued a request
for 300,000 additional troops from the Northern states to step forward and serve
the Union in the American Civil War. The men of Franklin County answered that
call by enlisting in nine-month regiments. Some of the letters written by two
men, George Frederick Ziegler I from Greencastle and Samuel W. North from the
Mercersburg area were kept by several generations of each family. The Ziegler
letters were donated to Allison-Antrim Museum by the late David O. Nicodemus and
his son John in 2004. David married Anne Ziegler, granddaughter of G. Fred
Ziegler I. The North letters were acquired by the former Greencastle Civil War
Round Table, which donated its full collection to Allison-Antrim Museum on July
9, 2003. A third soldier from this area was Joseph A. Davison, Antrim Township,
who enlisted for three years after President Lincoln’s April 1861 call for
75,000 volunteers, after the fall of Fort Sumter. The Davison family still has
Joseph’s Civil War letters but has been generous enough to share them with the
and 1868 Antrim Township maps show M. (Moses) Anderson (eldest son of Timothy)
on Ridge Road. On the 1868 map an additional site off
of Route 11 south of Greencastle is indicated, where the Anderson family owned a
lumber mill. It was here that the Andersons employed former slaves. If
the Andersons employed escaped slaves and, post-war, freed slaves, then perhaps
they did more than just employ fugitives. In September 2009, a book written in
1897 by Rev. Dr. Matthew Anderson entitled Presbyterianism: Its Relation to
the Negro was discovered to exist. Part One was about the establishment of
the Berean Presbyterian Church in northwest Philadelphia for African Americans.
Part Two…was his autobiography, where Matthew wrote,
“Among the earliest impressions made upon our childish mind were the
tales of horror about the South told by the fleeing fugitive as he lay in the
secret enclosure of my father’s house where he was concealed.” There it was,
a primary source, a firsthand account of his father’s participation in the UGRR.
The special monthly exhibit is vintage hats and bonnets from the
collection of Sherry Moon, State Line, which will be displayed in the south
exhibit bay. The oldest bonnet, a calash, sometimes called a pancake bonnet,
was popular from 1770 to the 1830s. The calash was originally designed to be
worn over the high hairstyles of the 1770s. The bulk of her collection ranges
from 1800 to 1900 and continues through 1960. Moon has been collecting for
about 10 years and speaks to various groups about the many styles of hats and
bonnets over the centuries. Although DuPont invented Lucite in 1931, it was not
until the early 1950s that this “plastic” became a popular medium for box
purses, which came in all shapes from rectangular to round to log-shaped. They
could be clear, opaque, sparkly, patterned such as, tortoise shell, or even
June 2, 2013
(rain date June 9)
3rd Annual Spring Garden Tour
Greencastle-Antrim Civil War 150
Several events to commemorate Greencastle-Antrim’s Civil War 150th
are planned between Father’s Day weekend and November 2, 2013.
at Allison-Antrim Museum, Civil War historians will speak about the
Allison-Antrim Museum members will be in local cemeteries
honoring the veterans.
Old Home Week
Ted Alexander will speak on "When War Passed This Way" in the
Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2
Various Civil War events at Green Grove Gardens
- June through August:
Never before publicly seen GA Civil War exhibit.
August 3–11, 2013
Old Home Week
Allison-Antrim Museum will be open three hours for eight days that week.
Volunteers are needed to help man the museum house and barn.
Ulsterscots of Cumberland Valley
History and Genealogy Resources by Gordon Crooks
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Alexander L. Irwin bought 14 acres and 76 perches of land from Jacob Stover May 3,
1860. This piece of land was part of the original tract of land belonging
to John Allison that is now known as the Tayamentasachta Environmental
Center. The 1860 county tax records indicate that Irwin built the house,
that is now Allison-Antrim Museum, in that same year. The Irwin family owned "Walnut
Hill" for 73 years, from May 1860 until the death of Sarah Annie, his
last surviving child, in December 1933. The two youngest daughters, Sarah
Annie and Margaret Belle, never married. Upon the death of Sarah Annie the
property was willed to the United Presbyterian Church of North America in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We surmise that the property, while
under the 2 1/2-year ownership of the church, was rented. The church then
sold it to Cletus L. and Maude C. Zimmerman in September 1936. The
Zimmerman's owned the property until 1988 when they sold it to the May's. Allison-Antrim Museum then bought the property in April
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When the long-range plan for AAMI was
developed in 1999, one of the objectives was to provide the proper storage
environment with climate control for the museum’s collections, which would be
built according to archival standards. The primary action plan to fulfill that
goal was to build a separate curatorial storage facility.
of the considerations included in the concept were maintaining the historic
integrity of the property, the aesthetics of placing another building in
proximity to the 1860 house, and the stated purpose of AAMI which is to
preserve, exhibit, and interpret, items that will serve to illustrate the
history of the Borough of Greencastle and Antrim Township.
barn itself is an exhibit and the upper level provides exhibit, meeting and
workshop areas. The lower level has storage for the collections.
addition of the barn facility allows Allison-Antrim Museum to expand its
programs and become more of an integral part of the Greencastle-Antrim community
by strengthening its partnership with the school district and helping to
increase the economic vitality of the area.