The Manley-Bohlayer farm was built in the 1860’s and holds within its walls and grounds a rich heritage of the local agricultural history. It is a history of a working farm which the Rekindle the Spirit, Inc. Board of Directors continues to develop through maintenance of the site, preservation of the historical components of farm life and keeping alive other associated parts of local farm history. Rekindle the Spirit, Inc. is the part of the organization that functions as the Arts and Humanities developer, the promoter of activities that encourage the community to “stretch its wings” culturally and philanthropically to the region as a whole. As you walk through the pages of this site, you will see the spirit and the nature of the organization come to life. A visit to the History page will provide a window into the past to be preserved, a glimpse of the goals and dreams of the founders, and the basic cultural and agricultural foundation that has enriched our past. The Apple ‘n Cheese Festival site provides in-depth information on the Pennsylvania Apple ‘n Cheese Festival; applications, the local handcrafters, featured agricultural products, area musicians and the fine arts and photography show that together provide a wonderful day in the country. The festival is held annually the first full weekend of October. The lovely heritage gardens surrounding the vintage 1870 farmhouse provide a memorable location for weddings, reunions and other large group functions. Visit our Rental page for specific information. Events and activities can be found at the Events page throughout the year. Enjoy your journey with us as the pages of this web site grow.
As quoted from the History of Bradford County, © 1891 by H.B. Bradsby: Were there nothing here but the sweet farmland that it is – the wide smooth sweeping valley at your feet, the surrounding swelling hills and the afar, dreamy blue line of the Armenia, and the South Mountains over looking Canton, and the green velvet valley of the Towanda – it would be an enchanting place for the city visitor fleeing from the roar and dust and dirt of the city, to rest and renew life and vigor for the future. This description of the greater Canton area written in 1891 is as accurate today as it was when it was written.