Margaret Strawbridge and Margaret Choate both loved the Penrose-Strawbridge property. This event will include many smalls, some furniture, some antiques, some junk, some neat stuff; some cheap, some inexpensive and some expensive.
Vendors are invited to reserve a space for $20, HPHA members for $10. (Set-up begins at 7:30 am, a map of barn and paddock area will be sent to early registrants. We will have some chairs, tables and canopies.
We would like to raise $1000 or more to help bring back horses to the Strawbridge property. Welsh and Margaret Strawbridge raised steeplechase horses here in Horsham until the banked barn burned down in 1949.
All profits will go to help restore the barn and stable area.
Saturday September 9, 2017 8 am-1 pm
Penrose Strawbridge Farm - next to Graeme Park
Call Pete Choate at 215-343-0659 or Maryann Sweriduk at 267-254-1929 for information or to reserve a vendor space.
The Horsham Preservation & Historical Association (HPHA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation based in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA dedicated to identifying, studying, preserving and protecting the historical heritage, buildings and artifacts of our area.
We are a community benefit organization!
Located in southeastern PA, just north of Philadelphia, Horsham is in an area rich in history going back to our colonial period. The c1722 Sir William Keith House/Graeme Park, the c1801 Horsham Friends Meeting House, the Kenderdine Mill, and, the c1721 Penrose-Strawbridge House (currently under restoration by HPHA) are only some of our many historical treasures.
Horsham today is a thriving suburban community and was recently named one of the best places to live in the US based in part on our rich legacy. We'll be updating this site frequently as we continue to document this history and update progress on our restoration projects. If you have something to add to our record or are interested in the history of the area, please contact us and/or become a member!
HPHA's Peter Choate has commisioned a mural in memory of his late wife Margaret in the hallway of the new Hallowell Elementary School. The mural will show a timeline of the history of Horsham Township. It is being created by local artist Justine Musick and work began in July. Read more and follow the mural's progress
HPHA works with both the Montgomery County AARD Program and Youth Aid Panel, and participants in these programs may complete their community service obligations with HPHA. This should be arranged through the District Attorney's Office or Youth Aid Panel. If you have any questions please contact Pete Choate at 215-343-0659.
HPHA can also help with other community service requirements for scouting, school, etc. Participants can help around the farm, work on one of our projects, or suggest a project that you would like to do. We have had student and scout volunteers build fences, transcribe historic documents, work with our librarian, and do historical research.
We always have plenty of things we can use some help with so if you have an interest in local history and would like to help us preserve it - Please contact us!
We are extremely saddened to report the passing of the founder and driving force behind HPHA, Margaret Choate.
Margaret founded the Horsham Preservation and Historical Association in 1997 and helped form the Horsham Historic Advisory Committee for Horsham Township. She and her husband retired in 2002 to volunteer full time for the historic association. She restored their 1742 farmette in Horsham and later they became the full time restoration caretakers of the Penrose-Strawbridge property buildings in the Horsham Township park system, next to Graeme Park. During this time, she graduated as a dean’s list student from Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA., where she received a Certificate in Historic Preservation.
Margaret passed away on April 5th, 2017 in Horsham, PA. at the age of 69. We will all miss her dearly. more...