Northern Columbia Antique Show & Appraisal Event

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center, in Benton, Pennsylvania, will host an Antique Show and Appraisal on March 29 and 30. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Qualified dealers will showcase a wide variety of merchandise and vintage jewelry for sale. In addition, one lucky customer will walk away with a door prize.

Two renowned appraisers will join this special event to offer individual appraisals on items brought to the show. John A. Shuman, III is the author of nine collector books, lecturer, and appraiser, and is certified by Antique Appraisers Association of America. Susan Pembleton will be doing gem identification and appraisal. Sue is a 1995 DeBeers’ award winner for jewelry design, and has 10 years experience with the Gemology Institute of America.

Admission to the show is $3; admission and one appraisal is $5. Additional appraisals are $3 each.

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center proudly celebrated its grand opening on October 13, 2007, and since then sponsored a wide variety of educational, community and cultural events. In addition to its full-size gym, which will house the Antique Show, the Center offers a fitness center, dance and aerobics room, museum/library, and a senior center. A huge mural covers the wall of the lobby/game room with a prominent painting of Ricketts Glen Falls at its center, surrounded by historical vignettes on either side. The mural is a work in progress by artist Diane Derr.

The center is located on the edge of Benton Borough, Columbia County and serves portions of three counties. Some of the interesting focal points and interests of the are Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton Rodeo, Eagles Mere, and many state game lands.

Benton is steeped in history, and at the turn of the century was a bustling town with a railroad stop between Bloomsburg and Jamison City, which was home to a busy lumber industry and tannery. Over the years Benton saw businesses come and go. Some interesting endeavors included the McHenry House; the Benton Store Company, which sold everything from groceries to Ford cars. But it also included everything from movie theaters to soda fountains.

Benton was the birthplace of Dr. Frank C. Laubach, who was an American missionary who founded Laubach Literacy International and was instrumental in the founding of the World Literary Committee. Honored on the U.S. stamp in 1984, he developed the method of “Each One, Teach One.” Benton was known as the home of the Farmers’ picnic, which for many years was the event of the summer with everyone bringing food to the park for a social get-together.

Although the fire of 1910 wiped out a large portion of the town, Benton still offers a charming environment, which continues to attract visitors.

See these charms by attending Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center’s Antique Show and Appraisal on March 29 and 30.

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center (NCCCC), located in Benton, is a community-based organization dedicated to meeting the educational, cultural, physical, and leisure needs of the communities it serves. Visit; phone (570) 925-0163; or write care of 42 Community Drive, Benton, PA 17814.