2016 Holiday Supper
Each year HPHA members gather for some holiday fun at our annual Holiday Covered Dish Supper. In the past we have held this event in a local historic home or business such as United Capital Wealth Management restored farmhouse, the restored Novotny House, the home of Kathy and Steve Schnieder, the home of John van Steenwyck, and the Nationally Registered Kenderdine Mill.
This year's gala will be held at the home of Ray Jadzcak. Ray is a long time friend, member and supporter of HPHA. Ray and his son Sam operate PJ Auto Repair in Horsham.
Members, guests and anyone interested in local history is welcome to join us. Its a great way to meet other folks with an interest in older homes and local history. RSVP is appreciated and a donation is requested for non-members who attend.
Bring your favorite side dish or dessert - HPHA provides the rest - Hope to see you there.
Ray's home is at 542 Rolling Glen,
Horsham, PA 19044 .
Saturday December 3, 2016 5:30-8:30 PM.
2014 Penrose Strawbridge House
In 2014 we gathered at the newly (almost completely) restored Penrose-Srawbridge House.
The photo above not only shows some of our younger members, but also highlights the recent work that was done in the Strawbridge Library including reinforcing the ceiling, installing a new ceiling, repairing the plaster wall and refinishing the floor. The tab;e here originally belonged to the Strawbridges and was restored then donated to HPHA by Margi Murphy. Margie also donated Welch Srawbridge's Queen Anne chair shown in the corner.
We also debuted our new display case that was donated by the Friends of the Horsham Library. This is installed in the newly restored Strawbridge Librar, and will have a rotating display of items from our collection.
2013 United Capital Farm House Restoration
Our 2013 Holiday supper was held on Friday evening December 6, 2013 at the recently restored offices of United Capital Private Wealth Counseling and hosted by United's Managing Director, Terry J Siman JD, CFP.
United Capital's office is located in an old farmhouse at the corner of Lower State and Welsh Roads. Builder Adams-Bickel Associates managed the restoration of this building and designed a large modern addition. The design includes a number of green ideas which earned the project LEED Silver Certification through the Green Building Certification Institute.
United Capital, a Corporate Member of HPHA, helps their clients pursue their wealth management goals through careful advice, astute investment management and access to the capabilities and network of the firm. They think of wealth creation and management as a value chain of technical decisions and are experts in guiding you through them all—financial planning, budgeting, saving, investing, taxes and estate structure. Guided by the constant principle that your interests always come first, the firm works with you every day to build the value you are looking for.
2012 Kathy and Steve Schneider's Restored Farmhouse
HPHA celebrated the 2012 holidays with our annual Covered Dish Supper at the lovely home of Steve and Kathy Schneider in Ambler.
Steve and Kathy live in a fine old home on Cedar Hill Road that was originally constructed around 1809. The house is stone, and a stone addition was added around 1840, with a Victorian wood frame addition added around 1870.
The home has two walk in fire places: one in the living room and another in the basement.
The property also has two spring houses. In the 1970's the large bank barn was destroyed by fire.
The house did not have electricity, running water, or central heating and still utilized a outhouse till the early 1950's.
The Smith family previously owned the property and operated a dairy farm into the 1960's. Mrs Smith, mother of 13, was the last member of that family to live here. She stayed in the house only in the summer and wintered in nearby family homes
Steve and Kathy have been busy restoring their home. They've replaced an improper large picture window, restored & returned a window opening back into original door opening with stone landing, steps and roof hood over door opening.
They've also restored the original spring house and a structure over the brick lined hand dug well, all four chimneys and three fireplace's. Restored all trim and wood siding on exterior of buildings. Restored and returned lime based plaster to outside of stone structure. All internal basement walls restored with lime based puddy mortar mix and plastered with lime plaster. Replaced porch roof with standing seam metal roof. All internal infrastructure has been restored and updated. Original house has been returned to 1809 conditions. Shutters shall be applied in spring of 2013.