The Equinunk Historical Society is a non-profit educational corporation founded in 1981, with the stated purpose of bringing together those people interested in the history of Equinunk, Stockport, Dillontown, Lordville, and surrounding areas of northern Wayne County, and to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the area and provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to study or examine it.
By June of 1981, the fledgling society had acquired incorporation as a non-profit corporation in the State of Pennsylvania and we now have over 300 members. The Society immediately began collecting local history material and having public educational programs, and by the time the first year had passed, there were 162 members and the beginning of genealogical files, a cemetery inventory, and a survey of archaeological materials in the area had begun.
The tradition of the annual Christmas Open House began in 1982 at the home of Gordon and Madelyn Houghtaling and has continued each year since. In April of 1983, the Society was given the opportunity to purchase the historic Calder home in Equinunk for use as a museum and by June of that year the property was deeded to the Society.
Permanent exhibits of American Indians, textiles, farm and household tools and equipment, and a room devoted to the Samuel Preston estate at Stockport are maintained for public education and enjoyment. Each summer an extensive series of educational programs is presented, based upon a theme for the season.
Such subjects as the armed forces, agriculture, railroads, one-room schools, weather, American Indians, vintage toys, bridges and old time enterprise have been presented, with special displays devoted to the theme. In addition, extensive research material pertaining to genealogy, property records, early local newspapers on microfilm, and an obituary collection are all available for public use.