Sunday, March 22, 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
The 1724 Courthouse still stands in the 400 block of the Avenue of the States in Chester. The above picture is from about 1915. In the late 1850's a new tower with a clock was added to the courthouse roof in. The courthouse was restored to it's original look in the 1920's. See below for another picture after is was restored.
Please help preserve the 1724 Courthouse in Chester
The courthouse was built in 1724 and is the oldest public building in the United States. It is on the National Register.
Below is a letter prepared by Leslie Potter, a longtime delco researcher and historian from Glen Mills. Copy this letter and please send it to county council, with your name and address. The 1724 Courthouse needs your help
Below are the emails for the Chairman and vice chair of Delaware County Council.
Please email them with the above letter
Thanks so much
The courthouse after restoration, a postcard from the 1960's
Sunday, March 8, 2020
One hundred plus years ago, boating on Darby Creek was a major recreation spot. I have several pictures of the "Darby Navy" and their docks. Boating was a important getaway.
NOTE: One hundred years ago this September, Darby and Delco baseball games being played on Sunday came to a head. The Darby mayor went to the Norwood District Judge to get arrest warrants not trusting his own to do the job. He also went to the county sheriffs and state police for enforcement not counting on the Darby Police to enforce the "Blue Laws". Darby Churches wanted the "Blue Laws"
DARBY BASEBALL IS NEAR CLIMAX
DARBY FANS FIND SABBATH BLUE
I'm on the board of the Colonial Plantation and our Easter Egg Hunt is a lot of fun and we get a great turnout. Please come out and see the Plantation and enjoy the hunt. Please get tickets in advance, the hunt is very popular.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Farm
Easter Egg Hunt on the Farm
Saturday, April 11, 2020
11:00am – 4:00pm
(Newtown Square, PA) The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, 2020 starting at 11:00am. Doors will open at 10:15am, with entertainment, visits with the Easter Bunny, historic demonstrations and crafts for our visitors until the first hunt begins. Children 12 and under are welcome to search the fields of the farm to find eggs with treats and surprises in them. Three hunts, divided by age group, will begin at 11:00 (1-4 years), 11:15 (5-8 years) and 11:30 (9-12 years). There will be a puppet show for young children following the hunts, as well as egg-related crafts and activities and even a meet and greet with some of Ridley Creek State Park’s native wildlife! Pre-registration is strongly recommended to guarantee your child’s spot and expedite entry onto the farm. We expect this event to sell out. Families are welcome to explore the historic house and see the farm animals after the egg hunts.
The Plantation’s hours are 11:00am to 4:00pm. Hunts will only occur at the times specified above, but crafts and activities will continue throughout the day.
Admission: Admission is $9.00 for adults and children ages 4 and up. Ages 3 and under are free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.colonialplantation.org.
Last admission is at 3:00 pm.
Monday, March 2, 2020
This glass plate negative is from about 1905. It is from a group of glass negatives I bought a number of years ago. I have no idea where this building is in Tinicum and what it was used for. Looking for some help.
NOTE: From the 1890's till prohibition kicked in in 1919, Tinicum Twp. was the place to party. Gambling, all night parties, women etc. especially along the Darby Creek boathouses, kept local police, sheriffs etc. busy especially during the summers.
MORALS AT ESSINGTON
Regardless of Jeers Co-operative Evangelistic Society
Continues Gospel Services
Moral suasion has won the first
skirmish in the campaign against rum and vice in Essington’s boathouse colony.
THE WOMEN OF PENN’S WOODSWednesday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m.
The Newtown Square Historical Society invites you to our monthly program on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newtown Township Building to hear Robyn Young speak on honoring some of the great women in Pennsylvania’s history.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Chester Pike at Sellers Ave. looking west toward Stewert Ave. about 1923. Chester Pike was a two lane toll road till June , 1921 and for the next four years the state spent hundreds of thousands of dollars paving Chester Pike and making it a four lane highway
NOTE: When Eastern and Central Delaware County exploded with housing and business developments in the 1920's all sorts of construction happened. Some boros and townships allowed housing and businesses to build anywhere others did not. This was a time when residential and business districts were being created and boros and townships were trying to add to their tax base by keeping homeowners and business owners both happy, It was not easy. Ridley Park had a three year fight that ended finally in state court with no businesses on Chester Pike in the boro.
FILLING STATION AT RIDLEY PARK BANNED BY COURT
Judge Broomall Restrains Owner From Erecting Proposed Establishment
I'm president of the organization below, if you like local history Please join.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
A postcard of N. Lansdowne Ave. looking north toward Garrett Rd. The exact location is unknown. This picture is from about 1910 when Lansdowne was still a "little country town".
Note: The article below is from the early 1920's, when trolley lines ruled eastern Delaware County and contributed to the 1920's building boom. Trolleys left 69th St. Terminal at that time and ran on Chester Pike, MacDade Blvd., Baltimore Pk. and West Chester Pike etc. including the routes today. The building boom lasted till 1929 and the depression. Please visit the trolley page on my website, delawarecountyhistory.com for more information.
COUNTY BUILDING BOOM REAL
AID TO HOME BUYERS
Though Demand For Houses is Large, Prices Are Being Kept Down
The Sports Legends of Delaware County (SLDC)
Museum will hold a series of Delaware County library presentations for their
recently published book,
“Tales From the Museum.”
purpose of the book is to recognize the athletic excellence of Delaware County
athletes, and to preserve its sports heritage.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Even in the 1920's Media was trying to keep it's farm appeal alive. A unknown farm in the Media area. A postcard from the 1920's. Look below for a great State St. Media picture.
Note: One hundred years ago Delaware Co. was growing by leaps and bounds. Railroads and trolley lines were opening up areas that had been farms for hundreds of years. Towns were springing up everywhere. BUT at the same time there was still 667 farms in Delco. Working Farms!!! Please read both articles and look at all the pictures. Keith
In the 1920's Upper Darby Twp. still had plenty of open ground, look in the background of this picture. I do not know where this greenhouse was in Secane, looking for some help. Thanks Keith
FARM ACREAGE IN MUCH DEMAND
Home Development Along Sixty-Ninth Street to Media Increases
State St at South Ave. looking East about 1926. If you look close at the sidewalks, you can still see places to tie up your horses for visiting farmers
LIST 667 FARMS IN THIS COUNTY
Total Farm Population Is 3269, and Acreage Is computed at 42,125
The Sports Legends of Delaware County (SLDC) Museum will hold a series of Delaware County library presentations for their recently published book, “Tales From the Museum.”
- Saturday February 1 Crozer Chester Library 1 pm
- Wednesday February 5 Radnor Library 7 pm
- Thursday February 6 Prospect Park Library 7 pm
- Thursday February 13 Folcroft Library 6 pm
- Wednesday February 19 Ridley Township Library 6:30 pm
- Sunday February 23 Upper Darby Sellers Library 3 pm
- Wednesday February 26 Haverford Library 7 pm
- Tuesday March 3 Darby Free Library 7 pm
- Wednesday March 4 Norwood Library 6:30 pm
- Thursday March 5 Marple Library 7 pm
- Monday March 9 Middletown Library 7 pm