The story of Duck Harbor Group began when Joseph and Nancy Harcum purchased a piece of property on Duck Harbor Pond to build a “cabin in the woods.”  They wanted a peaceful place where they could bring their four children to get away from the hustle and bustle of suburbia.  They made a circumference around their hometown of the distance they were willing to travel.  Their exhaustive search ended upon meeting Joel Hill at Duck Harbor Pond. 

After a couple of years and many wonderful weekends, Joel came to Joseph with a proposal.  Joel, terminal with leukemia, wanted to sell The Duck Harbor Lumber and Chemical Company. 

The Duck Harbor Company consisted of 1650 wooded acres wrapped around the 205 acre lake Duck Harbor Pond.  The DHC was a family company that harvested and timbered trees.  The pond was used as an energy source to generate power for the Joel Hill Saw Mill, which is the only water operated saw mill left in Northeastern PA.

After the purchase of DHC, the Harcum’s purchased a 200+ acre horse farm on the lake. 

Thus the Duck Harbor dynasty slowly took formation.  Joe Harcum instituted a gradual and deliberate plan to develop The Woods at Duck Harbor, The Duck Harbor Equestrian Center and The Paddocks of Duck Harbor.
Duck Harbor Group's commitment extends beyond the gates of the communities. 
Duck Harbor Group is a family that lives on Duck Harbor Pond.  Joe Harcum is involved in many local, county and state organizations.  He wants to ensure that his visions are sustainable. He is on the Damascus planning board, he’s president of Wayne County Builders Association, and he is treasurer of PA Builders Association.  These organizations have direct impact on the developments.  He is also on the Wayne Memorial Hospital Board and on The Wayne County Economic Development Board.  These two organizations directly affect the lives and livelihoods of our residents. Joe’s wife, Nancy owns Duck Harbor Antiques and is treasurer of Wayne County Antique Dealer’s Association.

Another member of the Duck Harbor Group is Jay Harcum.  He is manager of The Woods at Duck Harbor.  He is on numerous committees of Wayne County Builders Association.  Plus, he is a certified green professional with the National Association of Home Builders.  Jay and his family are residents of The Woods.  With two daughters in the Wayne County School system, they are also actively involved with the schools.  Wendy, Jay’s wife, is a counselor to students at all the schools for Victims Intervention Program. 

Duck Harbor is where nature still comes first !

Our mission is to create communities with minimal impact of property development so
that we may all enjoy the natural amenities and recreational opportunities provided by
the diverse offerings of the environment.

Joe Harcum in front of Duck Harbor Pond in 1990.
joel hill
Joel Hill in front of Drake Habitat.
Joel Hill Saw Mill donated
by Joe Harcum in 1991
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