Kishacoquillas Valley Historical Society

Kishacoquillas Valley Historical Society The Society continues to work at preserving and collecting items from the past in the Kishacoquillas Valley. There are 200 members. The Board of Directors consists of 15 members, with 5 serving as officers.

The museum and barn are open April through October on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9:00 to 12:00 PM and Mondays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or by appointment. Please see our website for details:
http://kishacoquillasvalleyhistoricalsociety.org

History of the Society

In 1989, a small group of citizens came together to explore the possibility of forming a local historical societ

The museum and barn are open April through October on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9:00 to 12:00 PM and Mondays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or by appointment. Please see our website for details:
http://kishacoquillasvalleyhistoricalsociety.org

History of the Society

In 1989, a small group of citizens came together to explore the possibility of forming a local historical societ

Operating as usual

10/09/2021

The museum will be open on Monday 9-12 pm. Please park at the library as our parking lot is being paved. Stop by and see us!

Open tomorrow 9-12 pm
10/08/2021

Open tomorrow 9-12 pm

Open tomorrow 9-12 pm

I can't say enough about this book. It is not only the history of KVRR about the early history of Belleville and the eff...
09/27/2021

I can't say enough about this book. It is not only the history of KVRR about the early history of Belleville and the effect it had on its development. Wheather your a historian or railfan, this is the perfect addition for your collection. For sale at the museum $30.

I can't say enough about this book. It is not only the history of KVRR about the early history of Belleville and the effect it had on its development. Wheather your a historian or railfan, this is the perfect addition for your collection. For sale at the museum $30.

09/26/2021

Open tomorrow from 9-12. We are having work done to the parking lot but parking is available at the library behind the barn.

Some recently added items to our KVRR collection. Open tomorrow and Monday 9-12.
09/24/2021

Some recently added items to our KVRR collection. Open tomorrow and Monday 9-12.

09/17/2021

Don't forget we will be open tomorrow from 9-4 for Museum Day. Try your hand at rug hooking or braiding. Complete the scavenger hunt and get your choice of a Bill Coleman print. Also, free whoopie pies while they last! Hope to see you there!

Saturday 18, 2021 KVHS will be participating in Museum/Goose Day activities. As part of our activities that day we will ...
09/13/2021

Saturday 18, 2021 KVHS will be participating in Museum/Goose Day activities. As part of our activities that day we will have demonstrations in rug hooking and rug braiding. You will also have an opportunity to try your hand at rug hooking. You will be able to see how the Amish straw hats are made. There will be a scavenger hunt and for everyone who completes it you can choose a Bill Coleman print. So stop by and see the new displays, demonstrations and receive a free chocolate whoopie pie! Open from 9-4.

Saturday 18, 2021 KVHS will be participating in Museum/Goose Day activities. As part of our activities that day we will have demonstrations in rug hooking and rug braiding. You will also have an opportunity to try your hand at rug hooking. You will be able to see how the Amish straw hats are made. There will be a scavenger hunt and for everyone who completes it you can choose a Bill Coleman print. So stop by and see the new displays, demonstrations and receive a free chocolate whoopie pie! Open from 9-4.

The Allensville Band in 1912.  Stop by today from 9-12 to see the drum on display from the Allensville Band.
09/13/2021

The Allensville Band in 1912. Stop by today from 9-12 to see the drum on display from the Allensville Band.

The Allensville Band in 1912. Stop by today from 9-12 to see the drum on display from the Allensville Band.

Stop by and visit today.  Open from 9-12.
09/11/2021

Stop by and visit today. Open from 9-12.

Stop by and visit today. Open from 9-12.

Wedding dress worn by a former resident on September 24, 1921.Museum will be open Saturday 28th from 9-12. Stop by to se...
08/27/2021

Wedding dress worn by a former resident on September 24, 1921.

Museum will be open Saturday 28th from 9-12. Stop by to see the collection of wedding gowns.

This Belleville business was located on Walnut Street where the Thrift and Gift Shop was previously located. It was owne...
08/22/2021

This Belleville business was located on Walnut Street where the Thrift and Gift Shop was previously located. It was owned by Lowell Alexander.

We will be open tomorrow Monday, Aug. 23rd from 9-12.

This Belleville business was located on Walnut Street where the Thrift and Gift Shop was previously located. It was owned by Lowell Alexander.

We will be open tomorrow Monday, Aug. 23rd from 9-12.

We are open today from 9-12.
08/14/2021

We are open today from 9-12.

Belleville Mennonite School on the corner of Walnut Street and Front Mountain Rd.Museum is open tomorrow, Monday, from 9...
08/08/2021

Belleville Mennonite School on the corner of Walnut Street and Front Mountain Rd.
Museum is open tomorrow, Monday, from 9-12. Stop by to see the Chester room which is chalked full of school memorabilia!

Belleville Mennonite School on the corner of Walnut Street and Front Mountain Rd.
Museum is open tomorrow, Monday, from 9-12. Stop by to see the Chester room which is chalked full of school memorabilia!

Belleville Mennonite School Miss Fry's first grade class
08/07/2021

Belleville Mennonite School Miss Fry's first grade class

Belleville Mennonite School Miss Fry's first grade class

1961 Belleville First Grade Class.Back Row: Barbara Zook, Donnie Wills, Kay Yoder, Mike Mitton, Jimmy Stroup, Ricky Derr...
08/02/2021

1961 Belleville First Grade Class.
Back Row: Barbara Zook, Donnie Wills, Kay Yoder, Mike Mitton, Jimmy Stroup, Ricky Derr, Debbie Harmon, Marlin Sharp, Paul Brubaker, Davis Neiner, Cindy Marburger.
2nd Row: Terri Davis, Laurie Harpster, Holly Jo Harmon, Delvin Wagner, Lori Wagner, Robbie Morris, Mike Smoker, Judy Wilson, Doug Turner, Greg Young
First Row: Mona Treaster, Delores Sharp, Brenda Colpetzer, Christine Hamman, Mike Y. Yoder, Trennis Yoder, Bonnie Ayres, Brenda Glick, Terry Price, Irma Peachey

1961 Belleville First Grade Class.
Back Row: Barbara Zook, Donnie Wills, Kay Yoder, Mike Mitton, Jimmy Stroup, Ricky Derr, Debbie Harmon, Marlin Sharp, Paul Brubaker, Davis Neiner, Cindy Marburger.
2nd Row: Terri Davis, Laurie Harpster, Holly Jo Harmon, Delvin Wagner, Lori Wagner, Robbie Morris, Mike Smoker, Judy Wilson, Doug Turner, Greg Young
First Row: Mona Treaster, Delores Sharp, Brenda Colpetzer, Christine Hamman, Mike Y. Yoder, Trennis Yoder, Bonnie Ayres, Brenda Glick, Terry Price, Irma Peachey

This is a bell from one of the engines from the K.V. Railroad. It is owned by a local resident who was kind enough to le...
07/24/2021

This is a bell from one of the engines from the K.V. Railroad. It is owned by a local resident who was kind enough to let us visit and take a picture. We have a nice collection of items from the K.V. Railroad. We are open today and Monday from 9-12 so stop by and see us!

This is a bell from one of the engines from the K.V. Railroad. It is owned by a local resident who was kind enough to let us visit and take a picture. We have a nice collection of items from the K.V. Railroad. We are open today and Monday from 9-12 so stop by and see us!

The Weiler Mansion    Philip and Margaret Weiler settled in Menno Township around 1820. Philip purchased land along Fron...
07/15/2021

The Weiler Mansion
Philip and Margaret Weiler settled in Menno Township around 1820. Philip purchased land along Front Mountain Road where he started a tannery. He built a beautiful stone home after collecting stones for many years. It was completed around 1834.
After 3 generations of Weilers the farm was sold in 1912 to a neighbor John Fleming. In 1924 the property was sold to Jeptha "Jeff" Peachey. He lived there with his family for 21 years.
In 1945 it was sold to Noah and Mattie Hostetler. Then in 1973 the Weiler homestead was purchased by Park H. Myers of Lancaster County for a vacation home. In 2003 the farm came under ownship of his son Park Jr. and his wife Claudia.
You can now come and enjoy the beautiful valley and surrounding mountains by staying at the Weiler Mansion Bed & Breakfast run by Park and Claudia located at the intersection of Front Mountain Road and Middle Road.

KVHS will be open tomorrow and Monday from 9-12. Stop by to see the new Belleville Flour Mill display.
07/09/2021

KVHS will be open tomorrow and Monday from 9-12. Stop by to see the new Belleville Flour Mill display.

Here are a few more pictures of the Alexander homestead.
07/09/2021

Here are a few more pictures of the Alexander homestead.

This is a drawing of James Alexander's homestead. It was done by Jim Bonson.
07/08/2021

This is a drawing of James Alexander's homestead. It was done by Jim Bonson.

This is a drawing of James Alexander's homestead. It was done by Jim Bonson.

James Alexander was one of the first settlers to the Kishacoquillas Valley. He was the son of John and Margaret Glasson ...
07/03/2021

James Alexander was one of the first settlers to the Kishacoquillas Valley. He was the son of John and Margaret Glasson of Scotland. John and his wife first emigrated to County Armah, Ireland where their three sons, Hugh, James and John and three daughters, Rachel and Margaret were born. In 1736 when James was 10 years old, his family emigrated to America and settled in West Nottingham, Chester County.
James Alexander was attracted to Kishacoquillas Valley because of the excellent soil, its valuable timber and the many fine springs. In February 5, 1755 be received a warrant for approximately 239 acres. He made improvements on the land and built a log cabin. In 1756 he was driven out when Indians where raiding in this part of the country.
When the trouble subsided, he returned with his wife Rosey, who was the daughter of Robert Reed of Chambersburg and purchased additional tracts of land. They had 11 children, Jane, Robert, Elizabeth, John, James, Hugh, Joseph, Rachel, William B, Roseanna and Reed.
James Alexander served in the Commissary Dept of Washington's army at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-1778. He died in 1791 at the age of 66 years and was buried in the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Cemetery.
We would like to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July weekend as we remember all those who fought for our freedom and continue to do so!!
God Bless America!!

James Alexander was one of the first settlers to the Kishacoquillas Valley. He was the son of John and Margaret Glasson of Scotland. John and his wife first emigrated to County Armah, Ireland where their three sons, Hugh, James and John and three daughters, Rachel and Margaret were born. In 1736 when James was 10 years old, his family emigrated to America and settled in West Nottingham, Chester County.
James Alexander was attracted to Kishacoquillas Valley because of the excellent soil, its valuable timber and the many fine springs. In February 5, 1755 be received a warrant for approximately 239 acres. He made improvements on the land and built a log cabin. In 1756 he was driven out when Indians where raiding in this part of the country.
When the trouble subsided, he returned with his wife Rosey, who was the daughter of Robert Reed of Chambersburg and purchased additional tracts of land. They had 11 children, Jane, Robert, Elizabeth, John, James, Hugh, Joseph, Rachel, William B, Roseanna and Reed.
James Alexander served in the Commissary Dept of Washington's army at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-1778. He died in 1791 at the age of 66 years and was buried in the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Cemetery.
We would like to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July weekend as we remember all those who fought for our freedom and continue to do so!!
God Bless America!!

Excerpts from the Menno Township Records 1884-1915.
06/30/2021

Excerpts from the Menno Township Records 1884-1915.

1957 Bible School at the West Kish Presbyterian Church in Belleville.
06/27/2021

1957 Bible School at the West Kish Presbyterian Church in Belleville.

1957 Bible School at the West Kish Presbyterian Church in Belleville.

Open this Saturday and Monday 9-12. Stop by and learn about the Dachenbach, Watts, Hazlett, Gibboney and other prominent...
06/25/2021

Open this Saturday and Monday 9-12. Stop by and learn about the Dachenbach, Watts, Hazlett, Gibboney and other prominent valley families and the contributions they made to their communities. Can't stop by on those days, call and set up an appointment!

06/15/2021

We have added a Donate button to our page! If you would like to donate to the Historical Society, just hit the button and follow the instructions. You can even pay with PayPal. Your support is very important to us and we could not do this without you! Especially, this past year with the pandemic and not being able to do our regular fundraisers. May 2022 we hope to have our first fundraiser which will be a "Spring Fling". So keep in touch for updates through the year! Again, thank you for your continued support!! And don't forget to stop by to say hello and see all the new items on display.

Open today from 9-12!
06/14/2021

Open today from 9-12!

Open today from 9-12!

06/11/2021
Belleville School bell

Who remembers the school bell from the Belleville School? Come and see it along with all the other items in the School room.

Open tomorrow from 9-12 and again on Monday 9-12.

Stop by and see us this Saturday, June 12 or on Monday, June 14 and choose a Bill Coleman print. Here are just a few of ...
06/11/2021

Stop by and see us this Saturday, June 12 or on Monday, June 14 and choose a Bill Coleman print. Here are just a few of the many you can choose from. We will be open 9-12 both days.

Great picture of the Belleville High School band in 1950.
06/09/2021

Great picture of the Belleville High School band in 1950.

Great picture of the Belleville High School band in 1950.

WE WILL BE OPEN THIS             SATURDAY!!!     We may have been closed but we have been working hard getting ready to ...
06/06/2021

WE WILL BE OPEN THIS
SATURDAY!!!

We may have been closed but we have been working hard getting ready to reopen. There are many new items and displays. If your interested in your genealogy, Molly will be glad to help you.
Our hours have changed. We are now open the second and fourth Saturday and Monday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The first 25 people may choose a Bill Coleman print to take home. There are almost 200 to choose from. So stop by and check it out.
We appreciate everyone's support especially this past year and we would love to see you.
Open Saturday, June 12, Monday, June 14, and Saturday, June 26, Monday, June 28.

Graduating class of 1921 from Reedsville High School. Front row L ro R: Hazel Decker, Cliff Rice, Andrew Briniger, Myrtl...
06/03/2021

Graduating class of 1921 from Reedsville High School.

Front row L ro R: Hazel Decker, Cliff Rice, Andrew Briniger, Myrtle Armstrong Foltz.

Second row L to R: Don Walker, Jesse Hassinger Rheam, (John) Creighton McNitt, Ada Henry, (Rev) Russell T. Shilling.

Graduating class of 1921 from Reedsville High School.

Front row L ro R: Hazel Decker, Cliff Rice, Andrew Briniger, Myrtle Armstrong Foltz.

Second row L to R: Don Walker, Jesse Hassinger Rheam, (John) Creighton McNitt, Ada Henry, (Rev) Russell T. Shilling.

"Never was so much owed by so many few." Winston ChurchillPictures of the first Memorial Day parade and first VFW  Memor...
05/31/2021

"Never was so much owed by so many few." Winston Churchill

Pictures of the first Memorial Day parade and first VFW Memorial Day crowd 1946, in Belleville.

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138 East Main St
Allensville, PA
17002

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 12pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

Telephone

(717) 483-6525

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Any idea exactly where this homestead might have been? My 3rd Great-Grandfather lived here. He was born 1777 and died 1849. Jacob Yoder. He left here for Ohio in 1840. Thanks for any help.
My 2nd greatgrandfather, James Patton, and family are buried in the Old Presbyterian cemetery. I have a question about one of the memorials that is there on the Find a Grave site. It is for George E. Patton and the dates they have listed is 11 march 1860 and 23 feb 1880. I believe they have his parents as James and Eliza Patton, Jr . I would like to know if this information is correct as I have located a George E. Patton who I believe is the son of James and Eliza Patton who died out in California. I was hoping that you might be able to check for this for me. Thanks for any help you can give me.