Hartslog Heritage Museum

Hartslog Heritage Museum The Hartslog Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Hartslog area. The Museum is open the 1st Sunday of each month from 2-4pm or by appointment.

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Teachers planning online lessons and Parents doing homeschooling activities- Have you thought about including Local History?

Our local history and heritage is so important and we have such great resources in Huntingdon County with our museums, historical societies, sites!
If you have questions about anything please reach out to them. All their contact information is on our website www.huntingdoncountyhistory.com and most organizations have a page. See what they have on their website and page. They may be closed due to COVID-19 but they check messages, emails, voicemails and mail. There’s lots of local history books out there as well, some available free online.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

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Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

With Easter Sunday tomorrow, who remembers Mrs. Grace Sprankle’s Famous Easter Egg Tree in Alexandria?

Mrs. Sprankle started around 1945 decorating the trees in her front lawn with decorative egg shells. There has been several thousand egg shells throughout the years. This Easter display would draw large crowds from all over, locally, out of the area and even visitors from out of state! So. Many that there would be traffic jams.

A majority of the eggs left from Mrs. Sprankle’s display are part of the collections of the Hartslog Heritage Museum and are on display around this time of year in/at the museum.

Photos and clippings from various sources.

We got the Sprankle Easter Egg Tree up and decorated! Make sure to check it out in the former Bank Building window. Also...

We got the Sprankle Easter Egg Tree up and decorated! Make sure to check it out in the former Bank Building window. Also enjoy a few pictures from the Easter Bunny Parade through town today! 🐰🥕🥚🌲

Check it out! We’re on the Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable brochure website!
Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Check it out! We’re on the Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable brochure website!

We are happy to announce that The Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable's website has officially launched today. Check it out and see which historical destinations you want to visit this year. Let us know what you think!

Alexandria Borough-PA

Alexandria Borough-PA

Honor a Hometown Hero!

Banner's will be displayed throughout Alexandria from Memorial Day through Veterans Day 2020

Each banner requires: Honoree's photo, branch of service and time of service.

Application deadline: March 17, 2020

Jim Foster: 814-644-9532
Denise Scalia: 814-669-9242

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

A World War I Monument honoring Huntingdon County Veterans that died while in service is in the works. If you can help Bob StGermain with any information on these Veterans (more names to follow later) please let him know.

The goal is to soon start fundraising for the monument, a program will be put together with the names of all Huntingdon County Veterans that served in WWI, and to have it completed for a dedication on Veterans Day 2020.

Died in service means that they were either killed in action, died of diseases, military accident, or from wounds sustained.

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The Hartslog Heritage Museum cordially invites you to bring a special someone to our annual “My Favorite Dress” Sweethea...

The Hartslog Heritage Museum cordially invites you to bring a special someone to our annual “My Favorite Dress” Sweetheart Tea Party.

Sunday, February 9th, 2020 2-4:00 p.m.

At the Hartslog Museum located in the upstairs of: Memorial Public Library, 313 Main Street, Alexandria, PA 16611

Open to the public and FREE admission!

Hot tea, light refreshments, cookies, tea cakes, tea sandwiches and scones served.

A Sweetheart can be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, family friend, etc.

We are asking for area girls to attend wearing their FAVORITE dress. Dresses can be for a special occasion, church, Easter, Christmas, Halloween, etc. It just has to be your favorite dress! For those girls willing to participate, we plan on putting on a small fashion show of favorite dresses for guests. It should be a fun time! Hope to see you there!



Thank you to Hartslog Heritage Museum for your $50 donation to CHAMP!

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, Day! we would like to tell you about Rev. George MacPherson Docherty who lived in Alexandria, Huntingdon County, PA. and knew Rev. Martin Luther King Jr,. Rev. Docherty walked in the Selma March in 1965 and in the CALCAV March in 1968 with Rev. King (as shown in 2 of the pictures) and had preached with him in Washington DC at the New Your Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1968.

Rev. Docherty is credited with having the phrase "Under God" added to the "Pledge of Allegiance" in the United States. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1911, in the 1950s he was serving as pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Washington D.C., and heard the "Pledge of Allegiance" for the first time when it was recited by his 7 year old son. He then gave a sermon in 1952 saying the pledge should acknowledge God. He then redelivered the sermon again on February 7, 1954, after learning that President Dwight D. Eisenhower would be at the church. The next day, a bill was introduced to add the phrase "under God" to the pledge. President Eisenhower signed the bill into law on Flag Day later that year. Rev. Docherty passed away in his home in Alexandria at age 97 in November 2008.

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


Hartslog Day Heritage Festival
Hartslog Day Heritage Festival

Hartslog Day Heritage Festival

The angels looked down from heaven one night.
They searched for miles afar,
And deep within the distance
They could see a shining star.

They knew that very instant
That the star was theirs to gain,
So they took you up to heaven,
Forever to remain.

Look down on us from heaven.
Keep us free from hurt and pain.
You'll always be within my heart
Until we meet again


Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar
Saturday, January 4, 2020
10:00 AM
Cutright Funeral Homes PC
313 Fairgrounds Rd
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar was born Dec. 27, 1931, to Jesse and Naomi (Port) Morningstar. She died Dec. 26, 2019, leaving behind two children: Vivian Ritchey and Dan Ritchey. Her youngest son, Stephen Ritchey, preceded her in death Feb. 16, 2008. Her second husband, Jack Metzgar, preceded her in death Sept. 1, 2016. Her first husband, Robert P. Ritchey, preceded her in death in 1985.

Phyllis was also preceded in death by the following siblings: Bob, Dean, Doris, Billy and Norman. Her surviving siblings are Larry Morningstar and wife, Jean; Mabel Catanese, widow to Frank Catanese; Ken Morningstar, Penny Barger and husband Elwood.

Surviving grandchildren are Dan Ritchey Jr. and wife, Cindy, and their children, Daniel and Alex; Jeremy Stidd and fiancé, Lisa Alexander; Matt Stidd and wife, Denise, and their children, Asher and Elizabeth; Laura Stidd Lyons and husband, John, and their son, Gabe; Robert Ritchey and his son, Stephen.

There are also many nieces and nephews who were much loved by Phyllis.

Phyllis was known for her love of people that had a giving and loving heart. Her love for nature was beyond words. She surrounded herself with people that understood what it meant to be a “good person.” Phyllis was a woman of deep kindness, and she will be remembered for her beautiful smile.

Her love of art took her into the dream job of her life: teaching painting to students of every age group. The love she felt for her students and their families was boundless. in return, they adored her.

Loving art in all forms, she became an active participant in Hartslog Day for many, many years.

Her many years of working in scouting in her younger years gave her the love of children, and she was able to help mold their lives in a positive and productive manner. Over the years, many of her “cub scouts” remained in touch with her.

As for the many dogs that she had over her lifetime, each one was a “favorite.” The last “favorite” to come into her life was a rescue by the name of Corky. He came into her life when she needed him the most. While trying to adjust to her life without her husband, Jack, Corky filled a void that no one else was able to do. He never left her side until she left us for her new journey Dec. 26, 2019.

Quite simply, Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar was remarkable woman, and she will be missed by the many people who loved her.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, with visitation of family and friends at Cutright Funeral Homes, 313 Fairgrounds Road, Huntingdon, from the hours of 10-11 a.m.

Following the celebration, please join the family at the home where Phyllis spent many happy years of her life at 5579 Redbud Lane, Alexandria. A buffet lunch and beverages will be provided.

In lieu of flowers, it was her desire that a donation be made in her memory to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 Schoolhouse Hollow Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

“Bury your sorrows in doing good deeds; miss me but let me go...”

Funeral services are under the direction of the Cutright Funeral Homes, P.C. Smithfield Chapel, 313 Fairgrounds Road, Huntingdon.

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

A Word Cloud made up of all the names and places of the different organizations that make up the Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable! As you can see by the word cloud History is the Heart of Huntingdon County! :)

Today is #GivingTuesdayGivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to...

Today is #GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day.

If you would like to Give to the Hartslog Heritage Museum (HHM), there are many ways to do so! Some ways are by giving a monetary donation and/or volunteering!

For any questions or more information please send us a message, mail us or stop by. We are open the first Sunday of every month 2PM - 4PM. Located on 2nd floor of Alexandria Library and in the former First National Bank building (across the street from library).

If giving a monetary donation we accept cash and checks. Checks can be made out to Hartslog Heritage Museum. All donations are greatly appreciated and help us continue to preserve our local history! Every bit helps!

Hartslog Heritage Museum
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3 Alexandria PA 16611
Physical Address: 113 Main Street, Alexandria PA 16611

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

There are a lot of events and holiday happenings going on through out Huntingdon County from the end of November and all through December! Many of them taking place at our museums, historical societies and historic sites!
Here are a few that the Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable are aware of! Details on flyers.
Please feel free to share!

- The Rockhill Trolley Museum is having their Polar Bear Express Trolley and Santa's Trolley!

- The Petersburg Community Christmas Party and Tree Lighting at the Petersburg Town Hall & Petersburg Heritage Museum!

-The Three Springs/Saltillo area Historical Society 's Annual Christmas Tree Show!

- The Auntie Dorrie - Huntingdon's Suffragist program put together by the Huntingdon County Historical Society and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Huntingdon Branch at Juniata College!

- The Hometown Holiday Celebration 2019 (formerly called Festival of Trees) at the Huntingdon County Historical Society and Huntingdon County Library by the Standing Stone Garden Club!

- Alexandria Community Holiday Party Friday 12/6/19 at 6PM at the Alexandria Memorial Library and Hartslog Heritage Museum! (no flyer)

- Borough of Huntingdon 's Annual Tree Lighting Celebration!

- Woods-Brown Mansion Christmas Tours in Huntingdon!

- 1850 Farm House Christmas Tour

- Holiday Open House at Greenwood Furnace State Park!

- Christmas Open House at the Bricktown Model Railroaders Association's Museum!

And make sure to check out Holidays in Huntingdon!

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Thank you to all our Veterans! Today we would like to share a picture of William P. Spyker (1897-1918), who the Alexandr...

Thank you to all our Veterans!
Today we would like to share a picture of William P. Spyker (1897-1918), who the Alexandria American Legion is named for. He died of wounds sustained during World War I in Base Hospital 46. He served in CO. F 112 U.S. Inf.

Alexandria Fire Company

Alexandria Fire Company

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Due to inclement weather and for the safety of our children, the Alexandria Borough Trick or Treat night has been rescheduled from today until tomorrow, Friday, November 1, from 6-8pm.


Hope to see you here!

Hartslog Day Heritage Festival

Hartslog Day Heritage Festival

On a typical fall day, the small riverside town of Alexandria is quiet and peaceful, but the second Saturday of October, folks roll out the welcome mat as thousands of visitors come for the crafts, food and entertainment that is Hartslog Day.

Saturday, Oct. 12, won’t be any different, as members of 24 committees work to host the 44th fall festival.

“Everyone comes back (to the Juniata Valley), it’s part of everyone’s roots,” said Hartslog Day chair Rachelle Hopsicker. “Residents have been painting and decorating their properties. There’s a lot of pride and everyone’s porches are perfect.”

In addition to perfect properties, visitors will find all sorts of culinary treats from 40 vendors, as well as 165 vendors with their hand-crafted wares, hometown entertainment and the famous pumpkin pole.

But, any volunteer or board member of the Hartslog Heritage Museum, the event’s sponsor, is quick to point out the day is about so much more than crafts, food and vendors.

“The day is a tribute to our founders. (Hartslog Day founder Don Litzenberger) wanted Hartslog Day to be about young people being able to buy something for mom and dad, but we also want people to come buy the big-ticket items. And it’s still that. All of the items for sale are handcrafted.

Honoring those who played integral parts in Hartslog Day’s success and the museum is some ways part of Saturday’s theme, as longtime volunteer Walter Malcolm will serve as the parade marshal.

“Walt has been our facilities guy for years,” said Hopsicker. “He handles all of the manual jobs and we want to celebrate all he has done for us.”

The parade will move down Main Street, beginning at 9 a.m. at ACCO Brands. Arts and crafts vendors will open at the same time.

Following the parade, the pumpkin pole raising will be held in front of the library at 9:15 a.m. and that involves yet another longtime volunteer.

“Jim and Sue Dilling have organized that from the beginning,” said Hopsicker. “Martin’s Garden Center donates the pumpkins and every classroom at Juniata Valley Elementary School creates a pumpkin for the pole. Kids come to Hartslog Day and are excited to show others their pumpkins. It’s a great tradition that’s being carried to another generation.”

The day also offers opportunities for visitors to learn about volunteers like Malcolm and the Dillings, as well as the town’s history.

The museum, in the upper level of the Alexandria Memorial Public Library, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as will the former First National Bank, which is now owned by the museum.

“The museum has been a blessing,” said Hopsicker, noting it provides easier access and offers additional opportunities to highlight the town’s rich history. “The hospitality tent will be set up in front of the bank, Jerome Leamer will be here with his sports memorabilia and the Alexandria School Project will be there.”

The bank also offers museum board members the opportunity to honor those who’ve passed away, including Paul Marsteller, a longtime board member who passed away earlier this year.

“Paul was our archivist for years and years and we want to do a good job moving forward for him,” said Hopsicker. “We’ll have a few of his items on display Saturday, too.”

All proceeds from the day’s event benefit the Hartslog Heritage Museum, which funds projects and purchased the bank building.

“Without Hartslog Day, the museum couldn’t function,” said Hopsicker.

Also part of the day is the tractor showcase from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and entertainment (across from the bank) that includes the Juniata Valley High School Band at 10 a.m., Music! Music! Music! at 10:45 a.m., the JVHS Select Chorus at 11:30 a.m., Anita Roseborough and friends at 12:15 p.m., Ususual Suspects String Band at 1:15 p.m., Fair Shake at 2:15 p.m. and Harley Rae at 3:15 p.m.

Hopsicker is thankful for everyone who comes together to make Hartslog Day run smoothly.

The Hartslog Heritage Museum and committee is most appreciative of the community for allowing them to host such a large scale event in their back yards and sidewalks.

“The long-term dedication of our volunteers helps this event to continue running smoothly,” she said. “There are so many people we appreciate and it’s hard to figure out how to thank everyone.”

Final preparations for Saturday’s festival began Wednesday, as volunteers from Juniata Valley High School National Honor Society helped to clean the museum, bank, flower beds and streets.

“The garden club helps us, the football team, life skills students, my girls’ basketball team, they all come together to help us,” said Hopsicker. “This is as much a homecoming for the school as it is for the town.”

She noted students often continue to volunteer long after they graduate.

“We have high school volunteers coming back, like Trisha Grove, who’s not a museum board member but has come back to organize the children’s area and Haley Myers will be helping her this year.”

High school students will return to the streets, along with other volunteers, Friday, as final preparations are made. Once their complete, they are able to enjoy each other’s company.

“I host everyone for a luncheon after setup Friday. It’s probably my favorite part of Hartslog Day, it’s the calm before the storm,” said Hopsicker. “We’re usually done by noon because everyone is so efficient.”

The crew isn’t just efficient before the big day, but afterwards as well.

“That’s another favorite part of the day for me — cleanup,” said Hopsicker. “We start at 5:30 p.m. picking up the benches and we’re usually done by 6:30 p.m. Our facilities guys have things cleaned up before you know it and by 7 p.m., it looks like nothing ever happened.

Before heading out to Hartslog Day, there are a few things Hopsicker wants folks to know.

— The festival will have three ATMs located among the six blocks of vendors.

— Parking is available at ACCO Brands, the Heichel property, the Simpson property and Juniata Valley High School. Shuttle services will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

— No bicycles, skates or scooters are permitted.

— No animals of any kind (leashed, carried or caged) are permitted.

— Authorized Hartslog Day vendors display an 8.5-inch by 11-inch card bearing the vendor number. Hartslog Day committee officials cannot vouch for any vendor who doesn’t display such a card.

Hartslog Day began in 1975 as a homecoming celebration to promote the sale of the book Hartslog Heritage and to unveil the new monument to mark the site of “Hart’s Logg.” In 1976, Hartslog Day celebrated the nation’s bicentennial. The year 1977 marked no special anniversary, so no festival was planned. Due to popular demand, the festival returned in 1979 to become the Hartslog Day as it is known today.

Hartslog Day chair Rachelle Hopsicker folds T-shirts for Hartslog Day volunteers inside the former First National Bank in Alexandria, now owned by the the Hartslog Heritage Museum, which sponsors the one-day festival. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the bank building during the 44th Hartslog Day Saturday, Oct. 12.

Story by: Becky Wiekerrt
Becky can be reached at [email protected].


PO Box 3, 311 Main St
Alexandria, PA

Opening Hours

Sunday 02:00 - 16:00


(814) 207-1410


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my husband's 3x grandfather Robert Hannah's first son, Samuel McCaslin Hannah was born in Hartslog, PA...in 1816...the family later moved on to Warrior's Mark. We have a feeling Robert b 1788 was buried in Old HartsLog cemetery since we can't find him in Warrior's Mark, Burkett Cemetery. Can you think of any leads to find out more? Thanks so much. Robert came up from York Co, supposedly...
Hi I was looking at a home in town. 302 Main street. Does anyone have any info on this home? History? What it was used for originally? Thanks for any help. Jesse