A Small Stream Changed a Village—First Electricity in Boalsburg is hot off the press and the subject of a new exhibit in the Boalsburg Heritage Lighthouse (power house) located on the museum property.


In the 1800s, the village streets of Boalsburg were shaded by tall trees in daytime and villagers were safely guided by charming gas lights in the early evenings.  However, life began to change when Boalsburg folks became part of the surge in America that had begun to utilize technology to generate electricity.


Enjoy reading Small Stream, but better yet, visit the restored Lighthouse any Saturday, 2:00—4:00 pm to see our exhibit of lighting memorabilia, to learn how hydroelectricity was first produced, and also speak with the author Janice Sweet McElhoe.

Janice McElhoe




During the 2018 Boalsburg Heritage Museum Season, we will produce our first crop of flax.  Join us on April 28th when we will plant our introductory flax plot.

Help us sow, grow, pull, ripple, rett, break, scutch, hatchel, spin, warp and weave an incredibly strong and lustrous fiber.


Next to wool, flax was once the most prolific and important fiber grown in the central Pennsylvania counties.  About 1830 Pennsylvania produced far more flax than any other state, second was Vermont, which produced half as much.  The invention of the cotton gin, the industrial revolution, and better transportation systems led to the widespread use of cotton and the availability of manufactured textiles.  Home spinning and local weaving became a thing of the past.


Here at the museum you can learn about the flax to linen transformation, and be a part of producing and processing our first crop.  Join us any Saturday. Our 2018 schedule, including  “Kid’s Corner” follows:


Flax sowing:  April 28, 4:30—5:00 pm (rain or shine).

Flax harvesting:  August 4, 2018 2:00—4:00 pm

Flax retting: August 18, 2018 2:00—4:00 pm

Flax breaking, scutching, hatchelling, and spinning—Ongoing September through December

Fiber weaving— Throughout 2018


Learn the steps of linen production as practiced by our Centre County Forefathers.

Debra Nydegger