BRADFORD LANDMARK SOCIETY
Preserving the History of the Tuna Valley and Bradford, McKean County, PA
34th Annual Crook Farm Fair
- The vendor list has been posted. We are 44-strong and counting!
Dancing EVERY Tuesday night is back
Good news! The Last Friday Night Dances have been canceled. Wait, how is THAT good news? Because you can now dance every Tuesday night, starting in May.
The new Tuesday Dance Schedule (pdf)
Go to the Square Dance Page
The Bradford Landmark Society is looking for volunteers this summer to help with Crook Farm improvements. The Crook Farm on Seward Avenue, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, represents life in the early days of Bradford and the Tuna Valley.
The Crook farm was founded by Erastus Crook in the 1840s, a farmer who lived a hard scrabble life until oil was discovered on his property in the 1880s. The Bradford Landmark Society bought, and restored the farmhouse to its original condition in the early 1970s. Today, that farmhouse, and a collection of historic buildings that have been either erected or moved onsite comprise the Crook farm Historic farmstead.
One of the Tuna Valley Trailheads is also located at the Crook Farm as the trail runs past it along the Tuna Creek.
Volunteers are needed for small maintenance projects for the coming months including carpentry, window glazing, painting, weeding, nailing, electrical work, organizing, gardening, and other small repair projects. All skill levels are needed and volunteers do not need to be members of the Landmark Society to participate.
Interested persons should contact the Bradford Landmark Society at 45 East Corydon Street, or by email.
Welcome to the Bradford Landmark Society
Our door is always open. Won't you come in, relax, and spend some time with us? We love company.
Your visit can begin with a Time Capsule - there are over 30 covering a wide range of subjects. Military aficianados will want to check out the Civil War Database. Just who came to Bradford first? Our First Families of the Tuna Valley will have the answers. The 1935-1995 Obituary Index serves as an aid to those of you tracing the branches of your family tree.
PA Birth and Death Records Indices
- Births records that are 105 years old and older (currently only the 1906 births)
- Death records 50 years and older - covering 1906 through 1961
History of the 1864 Arch Culvert - Big Shanty, Lafayette Township, McKean County, PA
Histories of the Crook Farm and The Herbig Bakery answer many questions we've been asked about who we are and what we do. While you're here, please check out The Inkwell-Society Newsletter. This quarterly publication covers a wide variety of subjects and is sure to stir up some old memories.
In addition to the First Families of the Tuna Valley and the Obituary Index, the Research & Reference Information section lists the collections, volumes and related sites we have available to assist you in your historical and genealogical searches.
Historical Photos & Postcards represents only a portion of our photo collection.
Enjoy dancing like it used to be or just kicking back and listening to some old time music? You've come to the right place.
We sincerely hope you enjoy your visit. Please stay as long as you want and come back often.
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