Monday, August 4, 2014

‘Towanda Businesses of the 1870’s’ to be presented at BCHS, August 15

The Bradford County Historical Society will host a program titled Towanda Businesses of the 1870’s scheduled for Friday, August 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event but donations are appreciated. To reserve a seat, participants are asked to register by calling 570-265-2240 or by email at

Stores, shops, and other businesses could be found in abundance in Towanda in the 1870’s. America was growing rapidly after the Civil War and the amazing number of businesses on or near Main Street were highlighted in the 1872-73 “Review of Business and Progress”.

Program speaker, Guy Abell will present a description of what a visitor to Towanda in the 1870’s might have expected to find when shopping in town. Learn how much different the county seat was compared to the present. Slides of business advertisements will accompany the presentation.

This program is part of the 2014 Friday Night at the Museum programming series that is held the third Friday of each month from May through October. Each event is held in the Great Room at the Bradford County Historical Society, located at 109 Pine Street, Towanda, PA. Refreshments are provided at each program and the museum is open a half-hour prior to the event.

Other Friday Night at the Museum programs scheduled for 2014 include: Remarkable Women of Bradford County, September 19; and Towanda’s Early Water Supply, October 17.

The Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way. For more information about the society and its programming schedule, museum or research center, visit or check out the society Facebook page at