Museum Open House/Chicken BBQ - 2021


The Museum Open House/Chicken BBQ was held on September 18, 2021 in Bull Run.  Following are some photographs of the successful event.



Setup:  Bob Shady, Steve Weaver, Albert Carey, John Carey


Dr. Charles D. Sweeny Overseeing the "Whatchamacallit" Game


The Serving Line:  Verna Carey, Jeanne Gettys, Janice Abbott, Jane Leiter, Sloan Snyder


The Sugar Valley Class of 1955 who attended: 

Beulah Neff, Janet Heverly, Gene Roberts, Norma Miller, 

(Not pictured: Eunice Jeffries and Shelva Brubaker)


The Carey Family


Oh, The Comradery! 

Bob Shady, Beverly Fisher, Bonnie Beck, Barb Zimmerman,

Steve Wynn, and Mike Geyer



Museum Open House/Chicken BBQ - 2020


Due to the worldwide virus, the Museum Open House/Chicken BBQ scheduled for September 19, 2020 at the Bull Run School/Museum is CANCELLED.





Museum Open House/Chicken BBQ - 2019


Every September since the dedication of the Sugar Valley Historical Society Museum in 2012, the Sugar Valley Historical Society has celebrated National Museum Day by hosting an Open House and Chicken Barbecue.  This year, we held this 8th annual event on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Visitors toured the Bull Run one-room school and the museum. 


While touring the school, they could return to school and take a test.  Old kitchen utensils, a Baker's Dozen," were on display.  Each of the 13 utensils had a number and contestants were given a numbered paper to write their answers on.  The winner with the most correct answers was Mary Miller.  Congratulations Mary!


"Baker's Dozen" Contest


Grady Leiter, President, presenting the winner of the "Baker's Dozen" contest, Mary Miller, with a wooden spoon trophy.  She also received a choice of one of the items sold by the historical society.




Pictured below are pictures of the Chicken BBQ and visitors touring the museum.  Thank you to each and everyone who volunteered and contributed to help make this event a success.













We held our 7th Annual Museum Open House/Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, September 22, 2018.


Visitors toured the museum and Bull Run one-room school and enjoyed the chicken barbecue meal.


The day's event was a great success thanks to society members, volunteers, and our Amish friends who cooked the chicken.


Following are some photos taken the day of the Open House:


These woman are members of the Sugar Valley Historical Society in the food line getting ready to serve customers.

Pictured above are:  Shirley Miller-Young, Sloan Snyder, Jane Leiter, Verna Carey, Janice Abbott, and Pat Meyer. 


Pictured here are four sisters of 17 siblings from the Forrest and Hazel Lamey family.

From left to right: Twins Lois Heckel and Louise Frankenberger, Janet Meyer, and Sarah Heggenstaller.                                  


Visitors enjoying the Chicken Barbecue.


Pictured above and seated from left to right are some members of the Sugar Valley High School class of 1955:    Suzanne Hancock Gilbert, Norma Stamm Miller, Eunice Moyer Jeffries, Shelva Snook Brubaker, Beulah Quiggle Neff, and Gene Roberts.  These youngsters meet once a month at a different place for their class reunion.  For the past couple of years in September, they have chosen the Open House as their outing.   This year marks 63 years since they graduated.




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Old Hand Tool Contest

During the Open House/Chicken BBQ on September 22, 2018, a quiz was once again administered by Charles Sweeny in the one-room school.  This year’s contest was called “The Old Hand Tool Contest.”


Grady Leiter prepared a peg board and John Carey offered to display 11 of his personal old hand tools.  A blank sheet of paper numbered 1 through 11 was distributed to visitors to compete for the contest.


Jerry Miller was the winner with 8 correct answers.  Pictured above is Charles Sweeny presenting Jerry Miller with a certificate for his knowledge of old tools.  Jerry also received a book of his choice sold by the Sugar Valley Historical Society.




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