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Quiet Valley is a very special place. Alice and Wendell Wicks purchased this lovely property in 1958. Their plans for a housing development were quickly changed when they found the wonderful history of the valley, dating back to the 1760's and the Depper family who lived here. Fortunately they decided to share all of this with the public. The Wicks, with their daughter Sue and her husband Gary Oiler, established Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in 1963.

History:

The history of Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm begins early 1760's when the Depper family left their home in the Palatinate region of Germany to start a new life in America. They sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia in, arriving in 1765, and eventually made their way north looking for land that they could farm. They settled in Quiet Valley near modern Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1780 their daughter Katherine married Johann Ludwig Meyer who had originally come to America as a Hessian soldier during the Revolutionary War. Johann and Katherine passed the farm on to their son, a carpenter/farmer named John Simon Meyer. John Simon Meyer's daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and Peter Marsh received the farm next. They sold the farm to their son Horace who lived on the farm until 1913 when the farm was sold outside the family to Thomas Hess.

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Farm in 1907
Quiet Valley as it appeared c. 1907

In 1958 Alice and Wendell Wicks purchased the property from the widow of Thomas Hess. Attracted by the beautiful natural setting, they intended to develop it. When they began to look around the farmhouse and barn, however, they realized the historic and cultural value of what they had purchased, and were inspired to preserve it and make it available to the public.

The original portion of the farmhouse, known today as the ‘cellar kitchen’, dates from the last quarter of the 18th century. A ground-floor bedroom and a loft for the children were added soon after. The farmhouse as it stands today was completed in the 1890’s with the addition of a parlor and ‘new’ kitchen furnished with a wood burning cook-stove. Up until that time the cooking for the family had been done at the open hearth in the original cellar of the house. From the 1890’s modifications until the Wicks purchased the farm in 1958, there had been no further modernization to the property – no plumbing and no electricity. Much of the house remained as it had been in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, along with many of the artifacts and furnishings. The barn dates from the 1850’s and is a beautiful example of a traditional, early American barn. The upper barn is made of wood with a mortise and tenon construction, and the lower level where the animals are housed is made of stone.

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Alice and Wendell Wicks along with their daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Gary Oiler, restored the farmhouse and on July 13, 1963, opened to the public as Quiet Valley Farm Museum. That first year the farm was open during the summer season only. Over the years additional farm buildings were renovated and reconstructed – a ‘granddaddy’ cabin, out-door bake oven, icehouse, smokehouse, dry house and various smaller barns and sheds. Later as the farm was used more and more for educational purposes, additional storage was built and also a modern education building and a picnic pavilion. In 1994 construction was completed on a reconstructed, one-room schoolhouse circa 1893.

Since 1974 Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm has been owned and operated as a non-profit, educational corporation governed by a board of directors. Until her retirement in 2001 at the age of 85, Alice Wicks remained actively involved in the management of the museum. She had played her role as ‘Gram’ in the 1820 bedroom for over 30 years to the delight of generations of school children and summer visitors.

The farm is open to the public for special events and during the summer.The tour of the farm in the summer is much more than an opportunity to see a museum. Period costumed ‘family members’ reenact life on the farm during two time periods – 1820 in the granddaddy cabin, cellar kitchen and bedroom; and 1893 in the ‘new’ kitchen and parlor. The actors strive to make their first-person interpretations as authentic as possible and they are always just as entertaining as they are educational. Family members will also show you the barn, complete with the appropriate farm animals and demonstrations of period farm equipment. Children love to try out the hay jump. A variety of 19th century crafts and skills are demonstrated daily with special demonstrations scheduled several times a week.

Farm House
Quiet Valley's Farm House as it appears today.

During the fall, winter and spring we are closed to the general public and we conduct school and special tours. We also hold special events for the public in May, October and December with our Farm Animal Frolic, Harvest Festival and Old Time Christmas.

Mission Statement:
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the development of Quiet Valley Farm, a humble and authentic Pennsylvania German farm homestead dating from 1765. Activities at Quiet Valley are centered on the education and recreation of children and adults participating in a creative way in the many facets of early agriculture and basic farm life –thus establishing a link between the past and present.
Tax Status :
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a 501(c)(3), Non-profit Educational Corporation

Quiet Valley is supported by grants from:
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Monroe County Commissioners
PA Council on the Arts

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Stroudsburg PA 18360
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