Tioga Point Museum

724 South Main Street
Athens, PA  18810
Telephone: (570) 888 7225
General Email: tpointmuseum@stny.rr.com

The Bell from the former St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Athens has found a new home in the garden of the Tioga Point Museum. The bell and the upper level of the brick cupola were removed as a result of needed renovations to the bell tower on the former church. The current owners of the church building, David and Lisa Sheftic of Sayre, recognized the historic significance of the bell and the importance to the community and offered to donate the bell to the Tioga Point Museum. Originally installed in 1914 as a donation by John Lynch, the bell is inscribed “Sacred to the memory of the donor John Lynch, his Father and Mother and their Children”


During the 102 years that the 1200 pound bronze bell resided in the tower, it had collected a dense layer of corrosion, dirt and pigeon droppings. It required approximately 160 hours to clean, strip, polish, lacquer and paint the entire assembly. The new display incorporates the brick from the bell tower of the church that were removed during renovations.


The yoke and bell were restored by Todd Babcock, President of the Tioga Point Museum, and Athens resident Steve McNamara They were also assisted by Gary Babcock, Scott Babcock, Rex Soper and Joe’s Automotive Center. The bell may be viewed in the garden area behind the Tioga Point Museum and Spalding Memorial Library at 724 South Main Street in Athens. Donations to cover the restoration and installation expenses may be directed to the museum via the website at www.tiogapointmuseum.org, or by calling 570-888-7225.

Hours

Tuesday 12 - 8 pm

Thursday 12 - 8 pm

First Sat. of the month 10 am - 1 pm

Restored bell from the former St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Athens unveiled at the Tioga Point Museum. L-R Steve McNamara, Todd Babcock, Lisa Sheftic, David Sheftic

Now on Exhibit

Firearm collection obtained from the Waverly Central School District. 

Current Exhibit

Come see our new exhibit with seashells....they are from our collection dated 1898 thru 1906.... a gift from Mrs. Emma Welles Barton....they are beautiful and it's amazing how they were transported from the Pacific back to Athens without breaking.