Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, located in Stroudsburg, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. It will begin a year of celebratory events with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 25 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Engel Education Building at Quiet Valley. Members and the public are invited. The snow date is Friday, Feb. 1.
The main 50th celebration will be held July 13-14.
Quiet Valley began when Alice and Wendell Wicks purchased the property in 1958 with the intentions of building a housing development.
Those plans changed when they learned the wonderful history of the valley, dating back to the 1760s and of the Depper family who lived there. With the help of their daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Gary Oiler, they established Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in 1963.
They turned Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm into a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to the development of a humble and authentic Pennsylvania German farm homestead dating from 1765. The activities at Quiet Valley are centered on the education and recreation of children and adults participating in a creative way in the many facets of early agriculture and basic farm life which establishes a link between the past and present.
It is open to the public from June 20 to Labor Day, every day except Monday and for special events throughout the year.
Volunteers dress in period costume as Depper family members, reenacting farm life in two time periods. One period is in 1830, depicting life in the 'Granddaddy cabin,' the cellar kitchen and bedroom. The other is in 1893 in the 'new' kitchen and parlor. The actors try to be as authentic as possible, entertaining and educational. There are visits to the barn, complete with farm animals and there are demonstrations of period farm equipment. Children love hay jumping and there are a variety of 19th century crafts and skills demonstrated daily.
The farm conducts school and special tours throughout the year. Its big events are the Farm Animal Frolic, Harvest Festival and Old Time Christmas.
In January there is the ice harvesting; February there is a Valentine's workshop and luncheon; March brings maple sugaring; May is the Farm Animal Frolic; June-August is the farm's daily events; October they have the Harvest Festival; November is Winter Celebrations; and then the year ends with Old Time Christmas in December.
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is located at 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg.