OUR PENNSYLVANIA DAYS



In 1970 I married and moved to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania....a beautiful region. On these pages, I'll be giving you information about the county and its history....concentrating mainly on the Jackson Valley Region...located near the Bradford county line. I'll also be including maps and pictures!! But...most of all, I'd like to recount the happy times spent in this area, tell a bit about our gardens, animals, and lifestyle..
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After giving some thought to the time I've spent just LOOKING for places in the Atlas after reading about them on a web page, I decided to include the above map of the counties of Pennsylvania, so you can see exactly where Susquehanna County is located. As you can see from the map, Bradford County is located to the left...and our land came exactly to the Bradford County border.
READ ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY!



Coming soon to this page: A history of the Jackson Valley area with a focus on the piano factory, general stores, blacksmith shop, brick making plant and other interesting small "factories", including a millinery shop!!
 
 
 
 


 

(Above)..Sledding down East Hill in Jackson Valley in 1978 with faithful dogs Shannon on the left and Snowball , a Samoyed (I raised Samoyed sled dogs in Penna.) on the right.



 
 
 
 


 
 

The above is a picture of the road next to our home in Jackson Valley. It was never used except by a local farmer attending to his crops. (Notice my dog, Snowball, posing!!) At one time, this road was called the "APOLACON TURNPIKE". It was used in the 1800's as the MAIN and ONLY road leading from Jackson Valley to Little Meadows, Pennsylvania...and hence to the New York State line!! Lumber, pianos, and other goods made in the Valley were transported via this road!! The road now goes to a small pond hidden deep within the woods (GREAT bass fishing there!!) and comes to an end. Many times, I walked the rest of the way through the forest which is now designated as Pennsylvania State Gamelands. The "pathway" takes one to Carmault Lake.....a lake used in the 30's, 40's, and 50's as a site for a boy scout camp. It is still called Camp Arrowhead. In this area are many black bears!! I often came upon them while walking in the woods. Usually they were eating blueberries from the acres of wild blueberry patches in the area!! And no...they were not dangerous!! They become dangerous only if people begin giving them "handouts". Hmmm..."bears will be bears"....and once they're given handouts.......they DEMAND handouts!!! These bears were in an area not visited by "cityfolk"....and never given bread or other treats, and were fun to watch and not dangerous to humans. WARNING!!!!!! Never, EVER.....approach a cub...even though it seems friendly!!! The mother is CERTAIN to be close-by, and bears are VERY, VERY protective of their cubs. She will perceive you as a threat and you will be attacked!!! So....two basic rules...1. Don't feed bears. 2. Don't approach cubs. And you'll find them to be fun "people" to watch!!



 



This is an extremely old house dating back to the early 1800's. At the time we lived in Pennsylvania, it was lived in only in the summer by a family from another state. In the winter, it held no occupants.
It was located  just above our house on the Apolacon Turnpike. The house looked like the typical farmhouse of the Jackson Valley area...and like nearly all the older homes, it had a nice porch and a well out in back....plus a spring. Unfortunately, it burned to the ground of unknown causes in the mid-70's.
 

I now have more information about this very unique home which was sent to me by a wonderful gentleman by the name of Jim Conboy!  Jim Conboy's great aunt, Becky Conboy (1889-1974) and his great uncle Art Conboy once lived at this lovely home during the summer and spent their winters in Ft. Meyers, Florida. The home was owned by Art Conboy's parents originally. However, it appears that it was originally the Post Office for our area.
 
 

Below are some great old photos of the home sent to me by Jim Conboy.
 


 
 


 
 

Photo above of Harry LeGore, Becky Conboy's brother-in-law taken while mowing the beautiful lawn.
 
 
 


 

PHOTO OF ART AND BECKY CONBOY ON THE PORCH BEHIND THE FLOWER PLANTER.

THE MAN STANDING ON THE PORCH IS HARRY LE GORE.
 

If anyone out there has any information to add concerning this home....especially back when it was a Post Office, be sure to drop me an e-mail. And many, many thanks to Jim Conboy for his help and information.
 
 





I felt everyone might enjoy seeing a picture of one of the many clear, cold lakes that abound within both Susquehanna County and neighboring Bradford County. The ponds and lakes of Susquehanna County are clear.....never muddy...and support all types of fish....especially trout, bass, catfish, and sunfish (also called bluegills). Nearly all the ponds and lakes are spring-fed which helps them maintain their purity. It was in one of these small lakes that we found a pet...."our finned kitty"!!




In nearby Bradford County which borders Susquehanna on the Western portion, there is a completely natural large lake called "HIGHLAND LAKE". Many years ago, deep-sea divers attempted to reach the bottom of this lake, but never were able to do so!! It's believed the lake may have been formed by a large meteorite that stuck the earth many eons ago. The lakeside is now well populated with homes and cabins, but remains the same.....clean and pure...an excellent lake for swimming and fishing.
I'll be writing more on the history of this lake in the future and providing pictures and more information for you!!



 

AND FOR ALL MY DEAR FRIENDS IN TROPICAL COUNTRIES WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN SNOW,  HERE IS A PICTURE OF OUR OLD PENNSYLVANIA HOMESTEAD IN THE WINTER. I BELIEVE THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN BY ME IN 1976. AS YOU CAN SEE, IT SHOWS OUR BARN, OUR SMALL BRICK HOME....AND THE HUGE OPEN FIELD ABOVE THAT EVERYONE REFERRED TO AS "EAST HILL".



Be sure and bookmark this page and check us out regularly!! Not only will I be adding more history of the area in the future, but also many more pictures!!


 
 



THE JACKSON VALLEY POTTERY WORKS is also located in this area!! In fact, it was only about two miles from our old home in Susquehanna County!!

THE JACKSON VALLEY POTTERY WORKS
Phone Number
1-717-744-2390
We'll be working soon on updating this page.....and perhaps getting pictures of the Pottery Shop and the magnificent dinnerware, pitchers, flowerpots, and other items created there!!
 

Drop me a line and let me know if you enjoyed this page!

Oh.....PLEASE let the cat OUT!!