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Depreciation Lands Museum

In a Nutshell:

  • You will meet the Villagers of Talley Cavey, circa 1792, going about their daily lives!
  • You may Pre-pay your Sunday Donation online before you come! No worries about exact change (our staff has no change this year due to the Health Crisis). Suggested donation is $5/adults, $3/children, free for DLMA members)
  • Please wear a mask in our buildings and allow social distance between households.
  • DO talk to our Village Interpreters in Talley Cavey! We are eager to see you again!

Now for More Detail:

What is the Depreciation Lands Museum?

The Depreciation Lands Museum is a vibrant Colonial era living history settlement, in an area that by 1805 was known as Talley Cavey. Staffed entirely by volunteers, our mission is to "Preserve and interpret the history of the Depreciation Lands and Hampton Township." Founded by Hampton Township community members in 1973, our non-profit museum seeks to present the lifestyle, hopes and dreams of the early European settlers in the Depreciation Lands.

What will you see when you visit?

You will see people! Knowledgeable interpreters in accurate 18th century dress recreate everyday life in the late 18th century.

The Museum's peaceful wooded grounds transport the visitor into an earlier time every Sunday afternoon during the season, which extends August 16, 2020 through the end of October. The site includes the Pine Creek Covenanter Church, built in 1837, and the associated cemetery, the Armstrong log house, built in 1803 with its associated spectacular herb garden. You will also see a fully furnished replica school, circa 1885, a working blacksmith shop, bee hive bake oven, smoke house and Tavern, an 18th century style gathering place. The Barn houses a Conestoga wagon, displays, workshop, and a replica Mercantile. The Museum Association also maintains the Pine Creek Cemetery, located on North Pioneer Road, at the site of the first Pine Creek Covenanter Church.

So what's new this year?

The health and safety of our visitors and staff are always our primary concern. This year with the health crisis awareness, we have implemented a few extra pre-cautions for both visitors and staff.

Admission is by free will donation (suggested donation $5/adults, $3/children, free for DLMA members), and may be placed in our Donation Box as cash or check, made out to "DLM". Any additional amount you are able to offer will be gratefully appreciated.(Note, staff will not have change this year)

- or - Make your Sunday Donation online, here, anytime.

This year you will find roped walkways within our buildings to assist in maintaining appropriate social distant between our visitors and demonstrators. Naturally, you will use courtesy and allow appropriate distance between households during your visit. We also ask that this year you refrain from touching items in our village and wear a face mask indoors. But please, do not let social distance deter you from conversation with the villagers of Talley Cavey! We want to show and tell you about life here in the 18th century!

Throughout the season, watch for announcements of special Sunday demonstrations on Facebook and this website! There is always something new to see at the Depreciation Lands Museum!

The Cemetery and peaceful, shady grounds, furnished with picnic tables, are open Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.

Be sure to check our Hours of operation and the Calendar of events.

We can't wait to see you this summer!

If you like visiting, you may love volunteering to be part of things! Please visit the Volunteers Page to learn more! All of us were once visitors, too!

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