photo of daffodils at the Penrose-Strawbridge House in Horsham
photo of daffodils at the Penrose-Strawbridge House in Horsham
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Other Local History

Links to Other Cool Historic Sites and Resources

Friends of Graeme Park - maintain the Sir William Keith House, the c1722 mansion of the Colonial Lt Governor of Pennsylvania. The Keith House, a National Historic Landmark, is located right next door to the Penrose Strawbridge House, which was originally part of Graeme Park.



Millbrook Society is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is historical preservation, education, historic presentation, historical research, historic reenacting and archaeology. Our members also participate in field trips to historic sites. Our emphasis is on local history relating to Bucks and Montgomery Counties, but our work stretches far beyond those boundaries. We have served, in the past, as the Historical Commission and Historical Society for the Borough of Hatboro, Pennsylvania. The Millbrook Society is a multi-faceted, constantly evolving organization. One of the our projects is the restoration of the Isaiah Lukens Clock at Loller Academy.


Preservation Directory - the online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada. Our goal is to foster the preservation of historic buildings, historic downtowns and neighborhoods, cultural resources and to promote heritage tourism by facilitating communication among historic preservation professionals and the general public.

Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum - is owned and operated by the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association (DVHAA). The DVHAA is a non-profit, 501(c)3, all volunteer organization. We receive no federal funding. Your tax deductible contributions ensure that the aviation history of the Greater Delaware Valley will be shared with future generations.


Eight Arch Bridge Warrington Township Historical Society owns the Eight Arch Bridge, located (beside the Big Brothers and Big Sisters building in Jamison, PA.) on the main stem of the Neshaminy Creek south of Route 263, with Warwick Township on the right and Buckingham Township on the left. The historic Eight Arch Bridge is the last remaining eight arch bridge in Pennsylvania. A hand laid stone and mortar 218 foot long structure with distinctive and graceful arches, the bridge was built in 1803 and is a delightful place to fish and picnic. It is easier to see in the winter. The bridge was listed on the National Historic Register in 1984.


Moland House became George Washington's Headquarters during the Neshaminy encampment in August 1777. Each year the Warwick Township Historical Society conducts a reenactment that includes the Pennsylvania 5th and many artisans demonstrating life in Colonial times, to the attending public. Restored and maintained by the Warwick Township Historical Society. Follow the Moland House on Facebook.

William Tennant House - group restoring the home of William Tennent who In 1727 established a religious school in a log cabin that became famous as the Log College. He filled his pupils with evangelical zeal, and a number became revivalist preachers in the First Great Awakening. The educational influence of the Log College was of importance since many of its graduates founded schools along the frontier. Princeton University is regarded as the successor to the Log College.




Font Hill - Fonthill was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms. The interior was originally painted in pastel colors, but age and sunlight have all but eradicated any hint of the former hues. It contains much built-in furniture and is embellished with decorative tiles that Mercer made at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is filled with an extensive collection of ceramics embedded in the concrete of the house, as well as other artifacts from his world travels, including cuneiform tablets discovered in Mesopotamia dating back to over 2300 BCE. The home also contains around 1,000 prints from Mercer's extensive collection, as well as over six thousand books, almost all of which were annotated by Mercer himself.

Henry Mercer was a visitor at the Penrose Strawbridge House








Cairnwood Estate - Bryn Athyn - a National Historic Landmark, was constructed from 1892 – 1895 and was designed by Thomas Hastings, of the prominent New York architectural firm Carrère and Hastings. Cairnwood is considered Hastings’ first large scale country house commission. After Cairnwood, Hastings went on to develop a reputation as a designer of country houses for the “captains of industry” during America’s so-called “Gilded Age.”

Cairnwood was not intended to be used exclusively by the Pitcairn family, and it was the only residence they built It was designed for entertaining, hosting church, school, and community events. From the time that Cairnwood was dedicated in 1895, the pages of New Church Life are filled with reports about events that took place in this, the largest and most magnificent house and property in the young community of Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. From the beginning there were many official Academy of the New Church meetings, wedding receptions, church socials, musical events,and lawn parties. In the summertime, elaborately-staged plays took place on the Cairnwood lawn, with the woods as a backdrop.

Richard Wall House Museum in Elkins Park offers a unique glimpse into Cheltenham Township's history. The museum is situated in the Township's 13.2-acre Wall Park, located at Church Road and Wall Park Drive, just 1/10 mile west of Old York Road in Elkins Park.

Dated 1682 and listed on state and national historic registers, the house museum features four floors of exhibits, a springhouse, a smoke house and a carriage house. The museum’s extraordinary displays include a Roaring 20s room, an extensive 19th century tool collection, fashion displays, a Colonial bedroom and kitchen, a military exhibit, and a nursery with a five-foot electrified dollhouse.

Old York Road Historical Society was founded in 1936 to study and preserve the history and folklore of the communities along and adjacent to Old York Road from Philadelphia to New Hope. Over the years, the Society has continued its tradition of presenting historical lectures and publishing scholarly papers in the form of a bulletin. In addition, the Society has accumulated an impressive archive of historical materials detailing the history of the communities along the Old York Road.

Pennsbury Manor. - William Penn's recreated 17th century estate sits on 43 picturesque acres along the Delaware River. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Saturday and last approximately 1 1/2 hours.







Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is a 1,600 member, non-profit organization founded in 1924 with a mission “to preserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley and stimulate public interest therein."

FOW works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to restore historical structures throughout the park, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the park system with its Sustainable Trails Initiative.


Historical Society of Fort Washington (HSFW) was founded in 1935 and has continually grown its membership and given much to the general public. Our headquarters--The Clifton House at 473 Bethlehem Pike, Ft. Washington, Pa is situated in the heart of the pivotally strategic White­marsh Encampment in the late Fall of 1777. It was from these surrounding hills that Washington's ill-equipped Continental Army dug in and, aided by advance warning, turned back the British attempt to end the Revolution with a surprise attack. Following the Battle of Edge Hill on December 7, 1777, Gen. Howe realized the futility of his Army's maneuvers and returned to Philadelphia.




Remember Old Fort Washington School at 316 Madison Ave, was built in 1891 as a 2 room schoolhouse and expanded to 4 rooms in 1901. 8 more classrooms were added in 1917. A competition was held at that time for a motto for the school and the winner was "“Make that spark of learning grow” which was then engraved into the lintel above the door. The school has been sold to a developer who plans to build several homes on the site.







Chestnut Hill Historical Society - Chestnut Hill, located in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, is one of the region's most beautiful and architecturally distinguished communities. Flanked by the spectacular Wissahickon Gorge and Cresheim Valley, Chestnut Hill is home to one of the best collections of 19th and early 20th-century residential buildings in the country.

Germantown Historical Society is an educational and research center dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the original German Township in northwest Philadelphia. Encompassing the contemporary neighborhoods of Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill, greater Germantown is a dynamic and diverse community. The Society houses a unique collection of artifacts, books, manuscripts, maps, and images documenting Germantown’s many stories. Community residents, historians, scholars, anyone interested in experience this history by visiting our museum exhibition and exploring the resources in the Pat Henning Library and Archives.

Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds The mission of the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds office is to maintain the integrity of all land records and other documents entrusted to the department as well as the collection and monthly distribution of county / state fees and real estate transfer taxes for the state, townships, boroughs, and school districts while efficiently serving the public with complete accountability and responsibility.

This office does not depend upon the county tax dollars to operate. The Recorder of Deeds Office is self-sufficient and generates a profit (over the operating expenses) for the Montgomery County General Fund.

National Park Service Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to safeguard these more than 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.

Old House Journali s the premiere resource for restoring old houses. Find products and services for homes built before 1950 and everything you'll need for your old-house restoration projects.

National Register of Historic Places The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) serves those involved in living historical farms, agricultural museums and outdoor museums of history and folklife. Since its founding in 1970, ALHFAM has been at the forefront of the growth and professionalization of the use of living history techniques in museum programs. ALHFAM members and member institutions can be found across the United States and Canada and in many other countries.


Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc works to preserve and restore the architecture of Eastern State Penitentiary; to make the Penitentiary accessible to the public; to explain and interpret its complex history; to place current issues of corrections and justice in an historical framework; and to provide a public forum where these issues are discussed. While the interpretive program advocates no specific position on the state of the American justice system, the program is built on the belief that the problems facing Eastern State Penitentiary’s architects have not yet been solved, and that the issues these early prison reformers addressed remain of central importance to our nation.

Emlen House - headquarters of General Washington from November2 - December 11, 1777. Skippack and Bethlehem Pikes.




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Horsham Preservation and Historical Association (HPHA)
900 Governor Road
Horsham, PA 19044 USA
© 2000- Horsham Preservation and Historical Association
A Community Benefit Organization

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Horsham, PA 19044 USA
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