MOUNTAIN SKY – “The Gateway to the Endless Mountains” , a little local history written by Art Coyne

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MOUNTAIN SKY – “The Gateway to the Endless Mountains” , a little local history written by Art Coyne

MOUNTAIN SKY – “The Gateway to the Endless Mountains” 

Most of the region is part of the Appalachian Uplands, located on the Allegheny Plateau. Glacial action and erosion created its broad rolling hills, valleys and streams.  

Following the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier 15,000 years ago, the Endless Mountains were gradually inhabited by nomadic bands of hunters and gatherers. The region was largely forested, supporting diverse wildlife and small agricultural villages.  

The North Branch of the Susquehanna River meanders through Susquehanna, Bradford and Wyoming Counties. This river valley became a major transportation corridor. Although steep terrain restricted travel through much of the region, valley floors supported scattered agricultural communities.  

By 1000 BC the Susquehannock people lived in villages along the Susquehanna River, cultivating the floodplains and hunting the dense forests.  The Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, (People of the Long House), 

By the 1800s productive farms were established and exporting surplus crops. Proceeds from sales of grain and lumber provided the base for barter which developed into a regional cash economy.  

As populations levels grew communities with stores, artisans, mills and industries emerged and thrived. The development of rich agricultural landscape and network of small towns is still largely intact today.  

Northeastern Pennsylvania is the home of a robust forest economy where a wide range of hardwood trees thrive and grow. The forests of this nation have been providing significant economic, consumer, environmental and aesthetic benefits for centuries. In the interest of assuring the long term health and productivity of these forests for future generations, we must have a comprehensive plan to be used as means of managing our renewable resource. As a result, the practice of sustainable forestry became a key initiative in providing direction for foresters and forest landowners in implementing forest practices and managing forests. 

Six years ago a band of “like minded” musicians, artisans, craftspeople, Moms and Dads, Brothers and Sisters, music lovers all; came to 63 Still meadows to try to create a unique and special place. Through much hard work and determination. With strength and always open arms. Cultivating acceptance by  learning from failures and successes, we have planted a seed that is strong at its roots. We are all dedicated to the unifying theme “It’s ALL About the MUSIC.” We invite you to come to the mountain, the smiles are endless and so is the music. Bring a friend or 7. 

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