MONTROSE, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – As many families plan their summer vacation out of town, tourism officials want to remind you of all the hidden history right in our own backyard.
People in Susquehanna County have a new tool to showcase what is right in our own community.
Call it a “sign” of the times.
If you’re looking for something to see or do in Susquehanna County, whether it be historical or recreational, you’ll want to check out the new billboard that has gone up just off the village green in Montrose.
“There’s surprises there I think for everyone and we hope people will take advantage of it and mark down where to go and what to do,” Annette Schultz, Executive Director of the Endless Mountains Heritage Region said.
The new sign showcases important sites around the county.
They include the Dennis Farm near Kingsley and the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies in Montrose, both of which tell Susquehanna County’s role in the Underground Railroad.
“We are finding out, more and more, as we’ve gotten older about our history that even we were not aware of,” Sherman Wooden of the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies said.
The new sign is located directly outside the old library here in Montrose which has now been taken over completely by the Susquehanna County Historical Society.
Over the last few months, the historical society building has been completely renovated so it’s now on the map as well.
It now features a records room and space for people to research their family history.
“A lot of our researchers in the summer come from all over the United States,” Betty Smith, curator of the Susquehanna County Historical Society said.
Up until now, the historical society was crammed into a small space on the second floor of the building.
“It’s so wonderful to have room to breathe and that’s what we have right now,” Smith said.
The new sign highlighting attractions in Susquehanna County cost about $4,000 which is paid for with a combination of state money and money from the Susquehanna County room tax.
The new sign is the second one that has been put up. The other one is located on Main Street in Forest City.