The Barnes Library – A Reference Library Located in the Barn


The Barnes Library is named after the late A. Isabelle Barnes, for her gracious and generous donation of her extensive, history book collection, covering Greencastle-Antrim, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and American history – which is now the nucleus of the library.  Her genuine love for history began during her high school years.


Isabelle, a native of Greencastle-Antrim, was a charter member and board member of both the Greencastle-Antrim Civil War Roundtable (established in the mid-1970s) and Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc.  She was also a long-time member of the Franklin County Historical Society – Kittochtinny.

When Isabelle moved to Maine, in 2008, to live with her daughter and son-in-law, she said, “I have no use for these local history books in Maine, so I am giving my collection to Allison-Antrim Museum.”  With one magnanimous gesture, Allison-Antrim Museum’s library grew tenfold.  Allison-Antrim Museum is sincerely grateful and indebted to Isabelle for her generosity.


What else will you find in the Barnes Library?


Schnebly American Cookbook Collection


Also housed in the Barnes Library is the American cookbook collection of Michael Schnebly.  The collection was given to the Greencastle-Antrim community in honor of his mother Elizabeth B. Schnebly, in memory of the wonderful meals they shared over the years.


The collection of over 500 books on American food and drink includes many scarce, first, and early editions of "classic" works of influential teachers and cooking authorities from the past.  There are also examples of regional and charitable cookbooks which offer vintage and treasured recipes from private kitchens of long ago, including Pennsylvania imprints.


Michael’s donation was presented as an archive to stimulate interest and further collecting of historical culinary literature, which is part of our social and cultural heritage.  Hopefully this resource will provide opportunities to culinary researchers, food enthusiasts, cookbook collectors, and anyone wishing to explore American foodways.


The Pennsylvania German Society Collection


Although the Ulster Scots were the first white settlers in the Cumberland Valley in the early 1730s, the Pennsylvania Germans were not far behind.


The Pennsylvania German Society (  “We are a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the study of the PA German people (aka the Pennsylvania Dutch) and their 325+-year history in America.”


About 2011, PGS President Thomas J. Gerhart dropped off a donation, in many boxes, of PGS publications, including: PGS annual volumes (published regularly sine 1891); Der Reggeboge (der ray-a-bow-a), i.e. The Rainbow – news journals that focus on Pennsylvania German culture; Es Elbedritsch (the society’s newsletter) published twice a year; and numerous other publications.


If you want to learn more about your Pennsylvania German heritage, this is a must see collection.


The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania German Society is being held at Allison-Antrim Museum!


Original Greencastle CVRR Station Regulator Clock No. 2
























When one was boarding one of the passenger trains or waiting for someone to arrive at the Greencastle highline station on South Jefferson Street, they would check their pocket watch against this original Cumberland Valley Railroad clock, which hung in the Greencastle CVRR station.


The clock was put on long-term loan in 2014 to Allison-Antrim Museum by the Evans brothers - Jim, Jack, and Tim, whose family lived in Greencastle, in the Spring Grove Avenue part of town.  When the railroad company closed the station in the mid-20th century, a public sale was held, at which their father John Evans Sr. purchased this clock.


Thank you Jim, Jack, and Tim Evans!




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