Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Colonial Plantation Workshops and unknown home in Folcroft

The Minnie Bowen Home in Folcroft looking for an address?

"No Taxation without Representation"
Children Workshop (Ages 7 and up)
June 20th 
11:00 to 12:00
Children will harvest vegetables from the garden. Kale, carrots, herbs and more will be sold to the local merchant with the tax collector present. The tax collector will gather his taxes and many might be unhappy with the amount collected. The children will have to decide to pay the taxes and remain loyal or to consider Independence. If freedom from England is the path then they will be asked to join the militia.
Free with cost of admission. Call the office to register. Group size  - 15. Parents welcome to attend too. 
Blacksmith Workshop
June 21st 
12:30 to 2:30

Do you want to become a blacksmith apprentice? Learn the basics of being a blacksmith? The workshop will cover safety at the forge, how to start a fire and work the blower, how to heat metal and basic techniques on working with metal. Students will make an s hook by the conclusion of the class. Bring leather gloves. Limit 5 participants. Participants must be over 18. Cost is $25.00 per person ($15.00 for members). Instructor - Ben Rohrbeck. .


Thursday, June 11, 2015

The sign SAYS SO!!! DUH And Two Yard Sales!!



We all believe what signs tell us and rightfully so, BUT sometimes historical signs make mistakes, or the sign erectors  NOT doing the research they should. Locally the worst example is the John Morton Homestead in Prospect Park now the Morton Mortonson home. Opened and dedicated in late 1938, the house, the oldest in Penna. was proudly known as the birthplace of John Morton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. But in 1967 the sign was removed and the current one erected. Historian, Ruth L. Springer in her 1967 booklet, "John Morton in contemporary records" proved beyond any doubt he was not born there and the sign came down. So the state of Pennsylvania can make mistakes, imagine that.
   Local groups are the worst as far as mistakes go. One local boro gives out house plaques every year for various reasons, including age. Now please understand, getting the age of when a house was built is not easy. PERIOD. But several of the plaques had really bad errors.
  In the one case the 1892 atlas for the boro would have solved the problem, the house was not on the map and the street had yet to be opened by the boro. In another boro they played it safe saying the house was built sometime before 1870, but both the1870 and 1875 atlas maps clearly show the house had not been built. Lastly of course, just ask!! While doing a house tour awhile back the church I was at had a plaque from the local historical society. What surprised me was all the general information on the plaque, founded about 1850, built about 1852, dedicated c.1853. I asked the church minster if the old records had been destroyed and he said no, they had all the dates and dedication information. The historical society had just shown up one day and put the plaque on the church and had never asked for any information. The minster could not understand why they had not called the office, a church history booklet had all the information. Every historian makes mistakes, me included, but take the time, ask and do some research!

Community News
Tinicum Township Historical Society is having its annual FLEA MARKET, COMMUNITY DAY & CAR SHOW on June 13th at Governor Printz Park on 2nd Street in Essington. 9 am to 3 pm. It’s a home-coming day for the town!

Bring the whole family for an awesome day of games, history, music and more! In addition to the Flea Market and antique cars on display, it will be a full day of games for kids, interesting historical presentations, dance demos, psychics, tours, martial arts demo, Seaplane splashdowns and landing and a Pirate Band! We will be hosting a real archaeological dig that you can take part in! All proceeds from games and donations will benefit the restoration and preservation of the Lazaretto Quarantine Hospital in Essington PA.

Car show entrants show up between 9 and 11. ($15 entrance fee)
Proceeds from the Car Show go to Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
For Flea space call (610) 521-9002.
For more information go to

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Ball in Chester next month!!

You have to be pretty old to remember when Morton had a movie theatre and was "Home of the Talkies"

Not much going on this week in local history as Memorial Day approaches, But early June has some nice things coming up!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Antique Show Concert and talk this coming week!



The Bowen Home in Folcroft is all I know.
Looking for an address

Spring has come to Aston! 

"Aston in Bloom....from feeding the family to feeding the soul!" 
Ms. Webster will speak about Colonial gardens "for meat and medicine" to early-mid 19th century ornamental gardens on the farm, plus touching on arbortea efforts.  She will also regal us on the differences between Colonial and Colonial Revival interpretations of the past.  As always, there will be time for questions and answers following Ms. Webster's talk.
The doors open at 6:30pm and the event begins at 7pm at the Aston Township Municipal Building, rear entrance.  The building is located just south of 5 Points, next to TD Bank in Aston on Pennell Road aka Route 452. 
This event is free and open to the public.  Donations are welcome.  ATHS offers many engaging volunteer opportunities. 
Aston Township Historical Society can also provide a home for your unwanted artifacts and old pictures.  Copies of old pictures are much appreciated, too! 
As a courtesy reminder, it is ATHS membership renewal time.
Please join ATHS and Nancy Webster for an enjoyable and fascinating evening!

May 9th -Tea Workshop (registration needed) , Farm Tours, House Tours, Hearth Cooking, Garden Tours and Colonial Toys

May 10th - Farm Tours, House Tours, Blacksmith, and Colonial Toys

May 16th - Spring Concert featuring "Third Man In" and "Vulcans" Click here for details

    Third Man In

    Come see them perform at our annual 
    concert on Saturday, May 16th at 2 PM!

    Third Man In will have 2 sets:
    1st set - Classic rock covers
    2nd set - The 1st Doors album

    You can preview/follow them here: