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Mrs Mellon

The Mellon Homestead

In 1818, Thomas Mellon and his family emigrated from their home at Lower Castletown, outside Omagh, to Baltimore in the New World. The Mellon farmstead is part of the historic environment of the Ulster American Folk Park and the family’s journey can be re-created by all visitors to the Museum. 

This short film takes the viewer on a journey from the family cottage in Ulster to their final home in Pennsylvania. The family travelled by ship and their first house was a log cabin – very different to their stone cottage! The family prospered and the farmhouse which they built is replicated on-site as the Pennsylvania Log Farmhouse. 

For young Thomas, life in America offered many opportunities and he became a lawyer and a judge. Later in his life, he set up the Mellon Bank which still operates today. 

This film offers an introduction to the Mellon family story and will be useful when preparing to visit the Ulster American Folk Park. It was made by Catherine Boyle, a Community Engagement Initiative trainee with the Learning and Partnership department from April 2014 - September 2015, as part of a digital engagement project. It was made in conjunction with Nichola Clarke from the Nerve Centre in Belfast. The film features the Mellon farmstead, the Ship and Dockside Gallery, the Log Cabin, the Pennsylvania Log Barn and the Pennsylvania Log Farmhouse.