Welcome to The Depreciation Lands Museum

About Us

About Us

In the early 1970s, urged by members of the Hampton Historical Commission, Hampton Township took control of this land to maintain the church as a museum.

The Depreciation Lands Museum is a vibrant Colonial era living history settlement, in an area that by 1805 was known as Talley Cavey. Our non-profit museum has a mission to “preserve and interpret the history of the Depreciation Lands and Hampton Township”. We present the lifestyle, hopes and dreams, of the early European settlers in the Depreciation Lands, which includes their interactions with the local natives through our living history interpretations and outreach programs.

Staffed with costumed volunteers, our facility incorporates an original Pine Creek Covenanter church building and the associated cemetery, along with an 1800s log house, and many reproduction buildings and artifacts.

We also boast a research library, with a significant collection of books on 18th century history, life and skills of the period. A growing collection of local genealogical data, photos and maps offer research materials for families with local roots.

The Historic buildings are open every Sunday during the summer season; the Cemetery and peaceful, shady grounds, furnished with picnic tables, are open Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.

How are we staffed? (Who We Are)

The Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers. We maintain this website, teach classes, mend things that break, keep our herb garden looking fantastic, and do all the office work. Then, on Sundays, we get to recreate the late-18th century village of Talley Cavey and share our passion for earlier times and skills with our visitors.
Financial support for the Museum comes from visitors like you, classes we teach, memberships, generous donations and support from the Township of Hampton.

How can you help?

Come visit on Sundays! We love sharing with all of you! We couldn’t come here every week and do the things we love without visitors! Hours of operation.

Become a Member!

Support us with a financial or material donation (fully tax deductible, of course)

Do you have local family roots? Help us to improve our collection for future generations by sharing whatever you have. Please e-mail the Museum -or- call 412-486-0563 to make an appointment