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Northern Pennsylvania family is taking steps to preserve its history

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KINGSLEY, Pa (WBNG) -- The Dennis Farm is filled with history and one Susquehanna County family wants to bring that history to others.

Denise Dennis, Dennis Farm Trust President told 12 News "Let me do everything I can for the trust so I'm leaving this for future generations,"

In 2001, Dennis and her great aunt, Hope, created The Dennis Farm Trust to preserve their family’s history.

The Dennis family dates back to 1793 when Revolutionary War veteran and free African-American, Prince Perkins, settled on land in the Endless Mountains, that is still in their family today. . 

Dennis says after creating the trust, her family saw young African-Americans visiting the farm were identifying with the family’s story. 

"They’ll say ‘It’s so good to know that we owned some land," Dennis said. "We had something.’ Because it enlarges the story African-Americans are told most about themselves."

While setting up the trust, Dennis says she found documentation confirming stories she was told about her family growing up. 

"And what’s really neat was in parentheses, they have in the records, negroes or blacks so I was really able to identify them," Dennis said.

At the farm visitors can see what remains of the Dennis farmhouse, barn complex, Perkins homestead and the Perkins-Dennis cemetery.

After the farmhouse was damaged from Hurricane Irene, Daryll Gore, Vice President of Development and Dennis descendant, says his family is in the process of turning the farmhouse into a museum. 

"Not only to tell the story of my family but we also want to include of African-Americans who settled in this area," Gore said.

The Dennis Family Trust is currently raising funds to renovate the farmhouse. To learn more about the Dennis Farm or to schedule a tour, check out their website.

Robyn Hearn

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