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Backstory extras: New museum takes shape

By ROBIN BROWN, The News Journal
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The new Pencader Heritage Museum is being developed in an historic barn that’s just off Del. 72 just south of Old Baltimore Pike behind the mansion with the big white pillars.

It’s on the grounds of Cooch’s Bridge Battlefield, site of the only Revolutionary War battle to take place on Delaware soil.

“The state is giving us the barn for $1 a year,” said Bill Conley, vice president of the Pencader Heritage Area Association. “We’re thrilled to have it.”

The restored 1865 barn -- itself historic with distinctive brickwork -- is a boon and focal point for the nonprofit citizens’ organization.

New Boy Scout units -- Pack 1777 and Troop 1777 -- both meet at the museum and drew their numbers from the Revolutionary battle. The Scouts, in coordination with the heritage association, hosted their first U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony at the museum on May 17.

The heritage group also is planning a series of family-oriented history programs at the new museum for the Scouts and their parents, expected to begin in June, Conley said.

The association also is developing an educational component on its Web site --

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