Explore French Azilum
Museum Cabin / Welles Cabin
Our Museum Cabin is an authentic hand-hewn cabin that dates to the 1780’s. This cabin was originally situated on the Welles Farm. It was donated and moved to French Azilum in 1962 by the Welles Family of Wyalusing. The roof and floors have been replaced with the windows coming from the old Troy Academy in Troy, PA. There is a 15 minute DVD to view about the Site which will help you begin your visit back in time to 1793.
This stone-walled wine root-cellar is from the original village . The cellar was excavated in the winter of 1956-57 and several bottles, glassware and ironware were found. These articles have been placed in the Museum Cabin. The cellar was probably covered by one of the fifty or so two-story log cabins that were built here in 1793-1795. Each cabin was situated on a half acre lot.
The Herb Garden was replanted in 2010. It contains many of the herbs that the French used to add flavor to the foods they cooked. Pinch an herb to enjoy the fresh aroma.
The Gazebo was built in 1992 in memory of Martha Hermann, curator of French Azilum from 1966 to 1985. Many of the displays and programs are her accomplishments. A perfect place to have a wedding!
The Blacksmith Shop / Farm Tools
The Blacksmith Shop was originally the Carriage House. The building dates back to the late 1830’s. Inside you will find antique farm equipment including a wheel barrel wagon and several tools used by the blacksmith.
The LaPorte House
The LaPorte House was built in 1836 by John LaPorte, son of Bartholomew LaPorte, an original settler. Before you begin your guided tour, note the fine architecture of the building. It resembles that of French Colonial styles both inside and out. The Palladian triple motif in the third-story gable window is similar to a 16th Century Italian design and may have been copied from Independence Hall. As you approach the front door look to the left of the house. Here you will see the original cornerstone laid by John LaPorte in 1836. As you wait on the front porch for your guide, note the flagstone beneath you. These are original and were quarried nearby. Hand-blown glass from the window panes were brought from Philadelphia and glazed into frames with white lead. You will also see a large millstone on the front lawn which is believed to have been from the original village’s gristmill.
The Wagon House
The Wagon House was used to house the farm equipment and hay. Many of the construction beams for this building were believed to have been from “La Grande Maison”. It now contains the spinning and weaving displays, along with other artifacts, from the Overlook Project.
As you exit the parking lot look to your right. You will see a tall, white cemetery marker. Members of the LaPorte family are buried here, including John and Bartholomew.