Forty Fort Meeting House
and Cemetery

2017 Season

The Forty Fort Meeting House opens again for regular Docent Led Tours each Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM starting May 29th through September 25th.

We will also be open on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

Tours are $2.00 per person.

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July 2017

July 4th at 2:00 PM  Jay Lokuta “Unintended Consequences”

Atty. Jay Lokuta will be discussing the life of George Catlin and the creation of the National Park Service against a back drop of images of Wyoming Valley, Catlin’s art work, and images of our national parks by famous 19th and 20th century painters.

The creation of the National Parks in the United States can be traced to an idea first proposed by the noted American artist George Catlin, who is best remembered for his paintings of American Indians.

Catlin traveled extensively throughout North America in the early 1800s, sketching and painting Indians, and writing down his observations.



July 23rd at 3:00 pm Matt Schooley - History of the First Presbyterian Church

Lecture by Matt Schooley on the history of the First Presbyterian Church, its connection with the Forty Fort Meeting House and the history of St. Stephen’s Church both located on the ‘Million Dollar Mile’ in Wilkes-Barre using a variety of early historical illustrations and photographs.





July 30th at 3:30 pm Bryan Glahn "Hurricane Agnes in Wyoming Valley"

Bryan Glahn will be discussing his new book, Hurricane Agnes in Wyoming Valley, with a book signing immediately following the talk.  For West Siders the epicenter of the flood of 1972 is the Forty Fort Cemetery.  This will be an opportunity to revisit some amazing photographs of the cemetery during and after the flood.




August 2017

August 6th at 3:30pm (tentative) Marilyn Rozelle - History of the Forty Fort Methodist Church

Marilyn Rozelle will be discussing the history of the Forty Fort Methodist Church and related local historical topics.  The Methodist Church was the last active occupant of the Forty Fort Meeting House before leaving in the early 1840’s.


September 2017

September 10th at 3:30 PM
Jim Remsen - "Embattled Freedom"

Jim Remsen will be discussing his new book, Embattled Freedom, the chronicle of a group of fugitive slaves and the world they encountered in the wary North. Despite serving bravely in the Civil War, their battle for respect was never-ending.

Remsen's research took him across the area, researching newspaper and other accounts at libraries in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and in Maryland, where several of the Waverly residents labored on tobacco and wheat plantations before fleeing.



September 17th at 3:30 PM Dr. Brian Pavlac - Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood

Dr. Brian Pavlac will be discussing his latest book, Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, a discussion around fictional and actual history of power and politics.

Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood is a collection of thought-provoking essays by medieval historians who explore how the enormously popular HBO series and fantasy literature of George R. R. Martin are both informed by and differ significantly from real historical figures, events, beliefs, and practices of the medieval world.


September 24th at 5:00 PM  The United Methodist Church of Forty Fort and Choir

The United Methodist Church of Forty Fort and choir will be conducting the annual Forty Fort Meeting House Ecumenical Vesper Service with Pastor Michael Stine officiating.



Fall 2017 Forty Fort Cemetery Promenades

The Forty Fort Cemetery Association will conduct cemetery promenades starting with a lecture at the Forty Fort Meeting House and then proceeding to various graves and sites throughout this historic cemetery. Come learn about the history of Wyoming Valley and the families whose names are still present in many of our streets and institutions to include Yeager, Pringle, Butler, Breese, Peck, and Myers. Each family with a fascinating history.

$10.00 per adult and $5.00 for supervised children.
Saturday September 30th and Sunday October 1st at 1:00 PM
Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th at 1 PM