Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Massey House and Collenbrook Fall Festivals this weekend!!

The Franklin Baseball Club of Chester From 1936. What makes this picture interesting is the Chester boy in the second row, third from the right. Future Pittsburgh Pirates manager, Danny Murtaugh, a native of Chester.
Thomas Massey House
Harvest Day Festival
Oct 18th 10 to 4

Experience early American craft demonstrations at the historic 1696 Thomas Massey House located at Lawrence and Springhouse Rd. Broomall. Learn how to churn butter, make candles and apple butter. See a working blacksmith shop, and enjoy the delicious aroma from the walk-in cooking fireplace. Enjoy the music of blues band J-Nine.
The culture, customs and the daily work of colonial life will be brought to life by period re-enactors.
Stroll the lawn of the Marple Christian Church craft sale, located next to the historic site, where over 20 vendors will provide a variety of arts and crafts for sale.
For Information call 610-353-4967
Admission is free
donations welcome
Fall Festival at Collen Brook Farm
Marvine and Mansion Roads, Drexel Hill
October 19, 2014 --1 to 4pm
Take a ride in the antique fire truck, paint a pumpkin, make a scarecrow(please bring a small size shirt and pants) bob for an apple, pet a Chicken, try colonial crafts and games, tour the mansion, have lunch and stroll the path along the “Collen Brook” enjoy the music by the 69th PA Irish Volunteers, a Civil War Band
Admission Free
Donations Welcome!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

OcTrolley fest is almost here! and come to my talk on Wednesday

Any readers go to this school?
OcTrolley Fest this weekend!!
What do Darby. Media, Norristown, Yeadon, University City, Center City, Upper Darby, the Delaware River Waterfront, The Philadelphia Zoo, Bartram's Garden, the Grange Estate, and a myriad of other historic sites have in common?
They are all accessible over an existing light-rail network!
Come help us celebrate our remarkable system
OcTrolleyFest 2014 -10th Anniversary Edition
Celebrating Transportation, Heritage, and Community since 2005
Dedicated this year to John Drew, Darby's own transportation pioneer
The cost is a SEPTA One-Day Convenience Pass (8 rides for $8)
Saturday, October 11
9:30 am ....Meet at Darby Transportation to 69th St by trolley and El
10:30 am.... Gather at 69th Street for "Bubble Wrap Trolley Stomp,"
Music, Information, Time Line, Trolley Songs, etc

11:00 am .... morning tours from 69th Street
(Collingdale, Smedley Park, Swedish Cabin, etc)

(Lunch...A la cart...literally)
1:30 pm .... afternoon tours from 69th Street
(Bartram's Garden, Woodlands, Philadelphia Zoo, etc.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

History month is ending, come to Rose Tree Park today!!

Anyone recognize this old building? and NO it is not an outhouse!!


Ridley Creek State Park


Thursday, September 18, 2014

History Month Happenings Delco's 225th Birthday!

Lansdowne Boro Hall On Baltimore Ave. looks a "little" different these days

Newlin Grist Mill
Sept 20
Archaeology Festival
Discover the stories of our past buried beneath our feet. Join professional and a vocational archaeologists as they share important discoveries from throughout the region. Assist archaeologists as they explore the buried past of Newlin Grist Mill. Follow the artifacts as they proceed from excavation, through screening, to cleaning and identification.
Plenty of things for the family including a “kids dig”


Saturday, September 13, 2014

History Happenings this week

An aerial view of Woodland and Morton Aves. looking south in Morton Boro c.1948

Sunday, September 7, 2014

History Month has arrived!!!!

Anyone remember when this was the business section of Folcroft Boro??? c.1948

Delaware county will be 225 years old this month on September 26! It left Chester County to become our one and only Delco!!
 Lots going on this month!
Pictures from my personal collection will be appearing in Towntalk and on the Delcotimes website! Please check them out
Marcus Hook Preservation Society
The Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Association
cordially invite you to join us for
The 6th Annual W3R® Celebration
and Free Ice Cream Social
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Festivities begin at the Historic Plank House at 12:30PM
221 Market Street
Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

The day will begin at 12:30 with a brief tour and discussion of the historic 18th century Plank House which the Marcus Hook Preservation Society is raising funds to restore.
At 1:00PM a brief ceremony will be held. It will begin at the Plank House and will walk 1 block to St. Martin’s Cemetery where we will honor the patriots from Marcus Hook who are buried there.
Following the ceremony at the cemetery, we will walk 1 block to the Community Center where Mr. Andrew Miller, a graduate of Villanova University with a MA in History, and who is a full-time History Instructor at Neumann University, will offer a presentation on the Revolutionary War. Mr. Miller is the Founder and Advisor to the University History Club and has also developed courses on the American Revolution, Civil War and many other topics. Mr. Miller has been the featured speaker at various public libraries and historical societies including Middletown Free Library, Swarthmore Public Library, Rachel Kohl Public Library, Haverford Public Library, Norwood Historical Society, Springfield Historical Society and many others. His first novel The Winter Soldiers was published in 2004.
A FREE ice cream social will immediately follow the lecture.
This event is sponsored by Chester Water Authority
Adult Admission $5
Children, Dogs, & Parking Free
Live Music, Food, and Fun including
Quality Crafters • Antique Cars
Revolutionary War Reenactors
Colonial Demonstrators
Special Exhibits • Puppet Show
Tours of the Historic John Chads House
Aston Township Historical Society
In a
Memorial observation of the Battle of Brandywine
7pm on September 11
at the
Aston Township Municipal Building
The Society is privileged to present 2 noted speakers/historians on this Revolutionary night!
Michael C. Harris, author, educator and tour guide who has worked for the National Park Service will present a power point talk on General James Grant during the Battle. General Grant's troops were the first to camp in Aston! Mr. Harris' interesting book will be available for purchase afterwards.
Nancy Webster is a popular local speaker who has been an educator, tour guide, preservationist and re-enactor who has worked for the County Planning Department. Ms. Webster will speak about the Battle itself and its resulting affect on the area.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

History Month aka September is COMING! Delaware County will be 225 years old on September 26
Local historian Keith Lockhart has mined his vast array of historical photos. He offers another group of views of days gone
In Case you missed it more photos of mine are on the Delco times website!!


Ridley Creek State Park

Historic Haunts Saturday, September 6th 8 PM or 11 PM 

Join us for a tour with Delmarva Historic Haunts on September 6th!
 More details can be found here on the event page.

Adult Admission $5
Children, Dogs, & Parking Free
Live Music, Food, and Fun including
Quality Crafters • Antique Cars
Revolutionary War Reenactors
Colonial Demonstrators
Special Exhibits • Puppet Show
Tours of the Historic John Chads House