photo of Hannah Davis Saunders on horse back in front of her barn
Hannah Davis Saunders on horse back in front of her barn in Davis Grove at the intersection of Davis Grove Road and Privet Road. Her home is shown in the distance
photo of Hannah Davis Saunders on horse back in front of her barn

Villages | Davis Grove

Village of Davis Grove

The barn shown above belong to Hannah Davis Saunders who is shown here on horse back. The Golden Ball Inn is across the street to the left. Mrs Saunders home is in the distance.

The village of Davis Grove, located within one-half mile of the Bucks County Line at the intersection of Governor Road and Privet Roads, gained prominence early in the history of the Township because of its proximity to Graeme Park . The Golden Ball Tavern, located here, was built about 1787, and served as an Inn and assembly hall until 1857. Thereafter, it was used as a private dwelling. It has been demolished and the land of Davis Grove absorbed by the Willow Grove Naval Air Station. (39)

Map of Horsham 1893 showing the village of Davis Grove donated to HPHA by Beverly Choate
Map of Horsham 1893 showing the village of Davis Grove donated to HPHA by Beverly Choate

Davis Grove was one of 5 villages within Horsham Township, each with its own post office. The post office, shown on the map above, was likely located at the Golden Ball Inn which was built in 1787 and was used as a tavern and assembly hall until 1857 when it was converted to a private residence.

photo of Golden Ball Inn with 2 horse drawn carriages in front
The Golden Ball Inn was built in 1787 at the intersection of Governor and Privet Roads in the village of Davis Grove. It was demolished in the 1940s to make was for the WGNAS

The Golden Ball Inn was located in Davis Grove. The last building was built in 1787 but there are references to the Inn and an earlier tavern existing at this location and to Sir William Keith's acquaintances staying at the inn during his governorship.118 p31. (We also have some physical evidence from our metal detectors indicating another tavern along Governor Road not far from the gate to Graeme Park. Our evidence is from the revolutionary period). After 1857 the Inn was converted to a private residence and may have served as the post office.

A real estate listing dated July 31, 1904 may have been for the Saunder's property; Two acres, house, 9 rooms, barn, out buildings, $2600 (Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31, 1904 2nd Section page 6)




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