Nanticoke Creek flows south through a valley that extends from near Whitney Point, NY to the Susquehanna River in the town of Union. Nanticoke Creek and valley were named after an American Indian tribe that once lived in the area. The Hamlet of Maine, NY is situated on State Route #26 near the midpoint of the Nanticoke Valley. The Nanticoke Valley Historical Society collects and preserves the history of the Nanticoke Valley and its environ. The society meets on the third Monday of March – December at the Nanticoke Valley Historical Museum, 13 Nanticoke Road. The Nanticoke Valley Historical Museum (Janet W. Bowers Site) is one of four NVHS Sites. The Janet W. Bowers museum is housed in a Victorian house that was originally built circa 1850. The historical society purchased the property in 1976. The exterior of the building has been restored to look as it most probably did when it was rebuilt after a fire in 1870. The interior houses two floors of exhibits showing the lives of the families of the area. The Historical Societies other sites: The 1840 Norton Wagon Shops are just north on Nanticoke Road, across the street is our restored 1845 one-room school house, an 1830 grist Mill “Pitcher’s mill” is located on Rte. #26 just north of the museum. During the year tours are given to the public by appointment only, one must call ahead for reservations. Educational tours for public schools are welcomed. Buildings are open Sundays (1– 4) during the summer months. To Donate items and or to arrange for a tour contact the Museum Curator Sue Lisk at 862–9705 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Monthly Meetings and Programs are typically held on the 3rd Monday of most months (check our website for schedule). What we offer: Newsletter / Museum Tours / Field Trips / Workshops / Picnics / Cemetery Tours/ Publications / Use of Archival Library / Assistance with local genealogy / Volunteer Opportunities
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Area school students visit the museum to learn more about how various tasks were accomplished and how people lived in the past. About one thousand students visit each year.