HPHA has an extensive collection of local documents, maps, books, photos that we are working to restore, catalog, preserve, and share. These include a 1718 Indenture from Samuel Carpenter in which most of present day Horsham Township is left to his heirs, maps of the area, local family histories, photos, property records dating back to the 1680's and much more.
Many of these are records of transactions of the Strawbridge family from the 17th-19th centuries for properties in and around Philadelphia. These were rescued by HPHA when we began the restoration work on the
Volunteers are always needed so if you have an interest in this project or especially if you have some expertise, please
Our goal is to catalog, restore, preserve and digitize the objects, documents and artifacts in our collection so that the content is readily available and accessible to those interested in studying our past. We are nearing completion in October 2018.
One of the more significant documents in our collection - 1718 Samuel Carpenter Indenture - hangs in the Penrose-Strawbridge House. It has been restored and exhibited at the Horsham Library and at the Horsham Township Tricentennial Gala.
Dated February 3, 1718 From Samuel Carpenter 5500 acres with a Quit rent of one English Shilling for every 100 acres. Shows the meets and bounds of the 5500 acres. Signed and sealed by Hannah Fishbourne, (daughter) William Fishbourne (son-in-law), Samuel Carpenter, John Carpenter (sons) and Hannah Carpenter (wife).
This document shows the original owner of over 75% of Horsham. Samuel Carpenter purchased this land from William Penn. Carpenter held many prominent positions in the new colony including treasurer and at one time he was likely the wealthiest person in Pennsylvania. The township is likely named after his boyhood home in Sussex. Sir William Keith acquired over 1500 acres from Carpenter's estate in 1719.
The Horsham Preservation and Historical Association found this and similar documents in the papers donated to them by Joseph Hollowell Penrose, Jr. Conservation and framing cost $1200 and was done by a professional, Elizabeth Wendelin of Warrington.
Other interesting documents include:
1845 Paul Indenture - sale of land in Harrington, Bucks County by Lukens Paul and Hannah his wife and Joseph Paul of Horsham township to Joseph Brown, a Philadelphia merchant.
1865 Penrose Indecture - sale of portions of Graeme Park by 4 of the children of William and Hannah Penrose to their brother Abel Penrose.
Susan Duhl provides preservation consultations and conservation treatment to institutions and private individuals throughout the United States and internationally. She completed her Master of Art degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from the State University College at Buffalo Art Conservation Program in 1987, and was named a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) in 1990. Susan is a founding member of the Art Conservator Alliance, formed in 1991.
Jefferson Moak is a professional archivist, historian and genealogist. He has worked at the Map Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Philadelphia City Archives, and most recently as senior archivist at the National Archives at Philadelphia. He has been working with the HPHA collection beginning in fall of 2015.
Peter Moak - son of Jefferson Moak
Justine Musick is a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School, and Temple University. She has trained in painting throughout her entire childhood, and continued her studies by spending a year in the Fine Arts program at Bucks County Community College. After this, she entered into the Architectural Preservation program at the Tyler School of Arts, and added an additional focus on Anthropology. Justine graduated with a B.S. in Architectural Preservation. The lens of Anthropology through which she conducted her preservation studies, has given her a unique perspective on heritage management, history, and community development.
In addition to working on this project Justine was commissioned by Pete Choate to paint a historical mural at the new Hallowell Elementary School and also exhibited her original art work here at the Penrose Strawbridge House in November 2017.
Project Cost and Progress
We estimate that the total cost to fully catalog our original collection.will be about $30,000. Midway through 1918 we are about 90% complete and have spent approximately $30,000. Since beginning the project we have had donations of additional objects, documents, etc, the cost to absorb these into our collection in addition to our $30,000 budget.
Funding for this project has come from our members and...
Grants and Donations
$5,000 grant towards this project from the Horsham Industrial and Commercial Development Authority
$10,000 non-directed donation from an anonymous relative of Welsh Strawbridge that was used for this project
+2 steel flat file cabinets donated by Chambers Associates, Inc., Worcester, PA.
$5,000 donation directed to this project by Alexandra and John
The following is an approximation of what we have started with
|Documents and maps||Est. # Items|
|Strawbridge, Marshal and West families properties owned in Philadelphia 1683 until 1920||76|
|Strawbridge property in Horsham 1920 +||25|
|private Marshal and Strawbridge correspondence and records||250|
|Penrose Family Property records (indentures) 1718 until 1920||30+|
|Other Horsham area families and buildings||100+|
|Artifacts (books, furniture, clothing, photographs)|
|Strawbridge and Marshal items||150|
|Library books on general historical subjects||125|
We have an extensive collection but we're also always looking for more. Please if you have any items that relate to the history of our area that you might be interested in donating to HPHA. If they meet the criteria for inclusion in our collection then we will be happy to accept them. In some cases we may need additional funding to accept, store and catalog a collection.