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Museum Muse 4-H Club

Posted: May 7, 2013

The Columns Museum in Milford was home to the Pike County 4-H club known as "Museum Muse." The club was a big hit for the children and leaders alike.
The children were able to sit in the Hiawatha Coach and imagine what this mode of transportation was like, more than one hundred fifty years ago!

The children were able to sit in the Hiawatha Coach and imagine what this mode of transportation was like, more than one hundred fifty years ago!

The children learned about the history of Pike County’s people places and things. Museum Muse 4-H leaders and historians Roxanne Scott and Kienda Phillips guided the 4-H'ers through an exploration of art, genealogy, birds, musical instruments, vintage clothing and more. The children were interested in everything the Columns Museum and leaders could offer!

The ever popular 1850’S Hiawatha stagecoach was a big point of interest. The Hiawatha was first used to make long distance trips up and down the Owego Turnpike and eventually, because of the option of train travel, was used to pick people up at the Erie Station in Port Jervis, and bring them back to Milford and neighboring towns for overnight stays and holidays. The Coach was also used to carry mail and as a Wells Fargo coach. The Pike County Historical Society restored the coach in the 1980’s and it is housed in the porte couchere attached to the museum.

The final project for Museum Muse 4-H members was the creation of a pamphlet for other children who visit the museum.

To learn more on this and other 4-H opportunities, contact Penn State Extension, 514 Broad Street, Milford PA, 570-296-3400.