Sunday, November 21, 2021

Rose Valley 115 years ago and upcoming events


    Boating on Ridley Creek in Moylan Rose aka Valley about 1910

Note: Originally Rose Valley was not considered a great place to live. Home of many mills in the 18th century it was referred to by many as "Rogues Valley". Many mills were not financially successful and others suffered flood and fire damage owners came and went quickly. The name Rose Valley began to be used about 1810.

CHESTER TIMES – October 28, 1905


 Home of Artists and the Lovers of Nature and Her Many Beauties 
Quaint and Pretty Places

            Rose Valley today is a place of pilgrimage.  Not only does its fine scenery attract the stranger, but there are other things of interest that draw the people by the scores to the pretty little artists’ settlement in Nether Providence.  One of the foremost artists of the day, Alice Barber Stephens, has built her own home here; a small hotel, quaint in its simplicity, has had a successful season this last year; and several industries that require the most skilled workmanship are slowly but surely gaining a place in this thriving community.  Rose Valley is talked about so generally and has brought itself so prominently into public notice that a brief history of the locality may be welcome to its many admirers.

            The spot was given its attractive name by Bishop White, who had the distinction of being the first Episcopal Bishop to the state of Pennsylvania.  The house where he lived is still standing and has been occupied this last summer by the instructor in wood carving and modeling at the Drexel Institute, Philadelphia.

            The ruins of the old mills, now covered with ivy, in all the glory of its autumn tints, bespeak remarkable activity in the past century.  Back in 1789 a snuff mill was built on the banks of Ridley Creek at this locality and the product carried to Philadelphia and sold there in tobacco stores.  Thirty years later we find it the scene of a strange industry.  The old wheels are grinding medicine barks, which were eagerly sought for as remedies for man’s ills until quinine displaced their use.

            In 1896 the factory took its place in the long line of paper mills, so many of which have flourished and have been forgotten in our country in the last hundred years. Not until 1861 do we find the spot in the scene of its greatest activity.  In that year Antrim Osborne bought the buildings and rights to the water power, and, repairing the dam and race, built a three-story stone building, 75x56 feet, and started the operation of a textile industry.

            In a letter written at that time a description of the factory speaks of its having 1934 spindles, 60 looms, and three lots of cards.  A few years later additions were erected; another decade, and we find the place enlarged to more than double its capacity in 1861.  The products were woolen jeans and doeskins.


DCHPN Monthly


November is Native American Heritage Month, Aviation History Month, Family Stories Month, and Historic Bridge Awareness Month

Veterans Day is November 11- Thank you to all our veterans!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Check out all these events happening this month

RittenHOWL: A Spooky, Spirited Evening at Historic RittenhouseTown

Nov 19, 8:00 PM – Nov 20, 11:00 PM
Historic Rittenhousetown Homestead, 208 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Join us under a bright moon for a spooky, spirited evening at the Historic RittenhouseTown. Seasonal drinks, Whiskey and gin tasting, Traditional light fare, Flashlight tours of the grounds with ghost stories, and Tarot card readings. $55

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*Remembering a Great American Hero MARIAN ANDERSON - The Lady From Philadelphia History Presentation

Nov 23, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Roosevelt Community Center, 464 S Old Middletown Rd, Media, PA 19063

Join us as local author Joe Henwood give a wonder presentation about the most significant, celebrated Philadelphian of the 20th Century, Marian Anderson. In addition to her singing, she was an iconic trailblazer for humanitarian issues. 

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Grange Winterfest

Nov 27, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Ave, Havertown, PA 19083

Start of the Christmas season at the Grange Estate. See the house decorated with Christmas trees and Santas in every room. Trains at the barn open 1-5:30 pm. Open houses throughout December- see below

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Researching the History of Your Home

Nov 30, 6:30 PM
Online- registration required

Researching homes is similar to researching your ancestors - on steroids. Join genealogist Sara Dawson as she discusses how to research older homes to discover the historical significance of the people, place, architecture, and events that happened there. $10

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Native American Heritage Month


     The Lenape people are the original inhabitants of Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New York. For over 10,000 years they have been the caretakers of these lands and of The River of Human Beings, more commonly known as the Delaware River. The Lenape were the first tribe to sign a treaty with the United States and the first tribe to have land set aside for them in New Jersey.
     Over a period of 250 years, many Lenape people were removed and dispersed throughout the country. Some took refuge with other tribes. A large number of Lenape families remained in the homelands and continue the traditions of their ancestors up to our present day. Today the Lenape people from all over Turtle Island (North America) are revitalizing their communities.


     Many place names in Pennsylvania are derived from the Lenape Language, such as Manayunk, Conshohocken, and mention only a few. In the city of Philadelphia stands a statue of Chief Tamanend, a revered leader among the Lenape, who signed many treaties with William Penn. The history of the Lenape is truly the history of Pennsylvania.


Heritage Commission Annual Seminar-

“Genealogy of a House: Tracing your Home's History”

Learn how to research a building's history, whether it's your own home or a historic building you are interested in. This seminar is appropriate for historic home owners; historical societies, commissions and HARBs interested in updating their historic resource surveys; and people interested in saving buildings in their community and getting involved in historical organizations. 

If you missed the presentation or want to watch it again, click here for the video and presentation links: More information


America 250 PA Delco

America250PADelco is an official partner to America250PA. Help celebrate over 250 years of American history in Delaware County! The America250PADelco committee is an official county partner to America250PA, and is looking for organizations and individuals to help commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Our mission is to engage all Delaware County residents in the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by providing and supporting experiences, now through 2026, that ignite imaginations, elevate diverse stories, inspire service, and  highlight the American founding and 250 years of American history through Delco’s unique lens.

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DCHPN Survey

We would like to start having DCHPN meetings again, and would like to arrange one for early next year to discuss Heritage Tourism, America250 and other things. There is also an opportunity for a Website workshop from Penn State Brandywine. Please fill out this survey about both of these opportunities. 


Delco Heritage Tourism

If you are with a Delaware County Historical Organization, you may have received a survey by the Heritage Tourism Task Force about Heritage Tourism in Delaware County. This survey is for all organizations that host events and/or have sites to visit so that Visit Delco, PA can help promote your group, including free marketing materials and photos. Please fill it out as soon as you can. is the link to the survey. Fill out one survey per site and/or organization (so if you are responsible for two sites, fill it out twice). Thanks!


Real Philly Real Fast

In addition to the November 17 talk, you can learn more about Philadelphia History through this book by Jim Murphy: 

“Real Philly History, Real Fast” is written with today’s readers like you in mind. It’s history for everyone. Short 3-to-5-page chapters on 51 intriguing subjects. Each with an informative headline and sub-head, easy-to-read bullet copy, short, punchy paragraphs, Fast Facts, a photo, and a list of nearby attractions. You get the complete story in minutes.

Learn more and purchase the book here


Urge Your Senators to Support Improvements to the Historic Tax Credit!

As a result of your efforts, provisions to improve the historic tax credit were included in the initial drafting of the infrastructure legislation under development in the House of Representatives. On September 15, the House Ways and Means Committee approved its piece of the Build Back Better legislation, which included all of the provisions of the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (HTC-GO). Disagreement over the size of the infrastructure legislation, however, likely means it will be reduced and certain provisions will be cut.

Take action now to let your senators know you support the historic tax credit provisions proposed by the House of Representatives and that you want to see them included in the Senate bill. With sustained advocacy, the preservation community will be well-positioned to take advantage of a very rare opportunity to substantially improve and modernize the federal historic tax credit.

Urge your senators to include improvements to the historic tax credit as part of the Build Back Better legislation making its way through Congress.


Educational Opportunities:

Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write a Winning Proposal

Write a successful grant proposal. Learn about the grant review process, organizational missions, and public and private funding sources. $99 through Penn State Extension


Award Opportunities:

PA Museums 2022 Special Achievement Awards
Call for Nominations

Each year, PA Museums recognizes the special achievements of museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania. This is your invitation to nominate a project or process that is exemplary, or an individual for lifetime achievement.


Community Initiative Awards

The Community Initiative Award from the PA SHPO recognizes organizations, municipalities, agencies, individuals, and others whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania's recently released statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservationHappensHere


Heritage Commission Preservation Awards

Call for nominations will come out in December. Start thinking of Delaware County projects, preservation sites and people that are candidates for an award. Previous award winners are on the Heritage Commission page.

Open Houses

Delaware County Historical Society

Tuesdays-Thursdays 10am-4pm

408 Avenue of the States, Chester, 19013


Grange Estate- Haverford Township

Christmas at the Grange- house tours and trains:

Saturday, November 27 1:00 – 6:00 2nd Annual Winterfest
Sunday, November 28 1:00 – 4:00
Saturday and Sunday, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 1:00 – 4:00
Saturday, December 4th the Mansion will be closed for tours the trains will be operating
Saturday, December 11th Flute concert in the Mansion beginning at 2:00 pm
Thursday, December 23 5:00 – 8:00  
Wednesday, December 29 5:00 – 8:00  
January 1, 2, 8, 9 1:00 – 4:00


Thomas Leiper House- Nether Providence Twp

Saturdays and Sundays Aug through December, 1-4 pm.


Rose Valley Museum and Thunderbird Lodge, Rose Valley

December 4-5, 12-4 pm.

41 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA 19063



Donations are welcome at all historic sites

If your site has open hours, please email to include it on the next newsletter

Sunday, November 14, 2021

The Upland Fox Hunting Club and upcoming events


The above postcard is a very rare one of the Upland Fox Hunting Club from about 1906, The location is unknown. The cub was founded by Edward Crozer and was on land in Upland Boro and Chester Twp.

Note: Most of Delco is aware that Rose Tree Park was once the home of the Rose Tree Fox Hunting Club which started in the late 1850's and lasted till the 1960's. The Upland Fox Hunting Club started in 1901 and was founded by former Upland Mayor, Edward Crozer and his family and friends.

CHESTER TIMES – May 4, 1901


When all the Improvements are Completed and the Place Stocked, the Organization Will be Among the Leaders in the United States.

                HIGH PRICED STOCK:  The kennels are being stocked with some of the most expensive hounds known to the fox hunters, hounds that are noted for their keenness of scent and endurance on the trail, and the expenditures for this branch of the club alone will go into hundreds of dollars, as the hounds are bred with the greatest care and attention.

                PLACE WITH A HISTORY:  The land that has been purchased by the club has a very interesting history and is one of the oldest grants in the State.  The West house, which will be the club house, is being improved and this is associated with some very interesting events of colonial days.  An historic fireplace will be one of the things to be retained.

                The Elias H. West farm, in Chester Township, just on the outskirts of Upland borough, is to be the headquarters of the Upland Fox Hunting Club, a charter for which was granted and signed by Judge Johnson, of the Delaware county Courts recently.  The property was recently acquired by Ex-Burgess Edward Crozer, a true sportsman and the one hundred and more acres which are included in the tract, are being improved, and will be transformed into one of the greatest and best hunting clubs in Pennsylvania, if not in the country.

                Since Mr. Crozer and those allied with him launched the project, there have been a number of changed made to the spacious old farm house which has stood more than a century.  This is to be the clubhouse proper and will be fitted with everything for the perfect enjoyment of the members.

                Its surroundings are beautiful and its situation just the thing for thorough enjoyment, that the best sportsmen demand.  Besides a number of new buildings, there are a series of kennels constructed which will be used for housing the hounds also stables, for the animals, which furnish the greater part of the huntsman’s delights.

                The farm which is thus to be put to new uses, has been in the possession of the West family for many years.  The original West was a sheep fancier and as the former tract included several other of the adjacent arms, he called all of it, then in his possession, the “Shepherd’s Plans.”

                During the colonial days, the old fire place that still exists in the West house was used as a place of punishment, by the masters for their slaves.  The fire place is a spacious one as compared with some modern day furnaces, and it is stated that the slaves were placed therein and a big board, constructed for the purpose, was placed in the front practically making a prison thereof.  This fireplace will be retained, it is understood, I the improvements made and in those contemplated.

                H.G. Ashmead, in his history, gives the following account of the property which embraces the West tract:  “On March 29, 1684, three hundred and eighty-five acres of land were surveyed to Thomas Braksey which included all the land lying in Chester Creek, from Bridgewater to the western line of the borough of Upland, on which are now the farms of Stephen M. Trimble, Elias West and the property of William Maris, north of the Upland road, and part of that belonging to Joseph Engle, lying west of Edgemont road.

                “That part of the farm of William Maris, south of Upland Road, and the farm of Abraham C. Lukins, part of the estate of Mary Kelley, and the remainder of Joseph Engle’s farm, was included in the patent of June 7, 1672 to Neals Mattson of one hundred and sixty-four acres, during the government under the Duke of York.  The remainder of the lands of the east side of Edgemont Road and the residue of the Kelley estate were on the land patented March 31, 1686 to James Sandelands.”


DCHPN Monthly


November is Native American Heritage Month, Aviation History Month, Family Stories Month, and Historic Bridge Awareness Month

*Making Ends Meet: Working Women in the 18th Century

Nov 14, 3:00 PM
Zoom- registration required

This program will be a discussion focused on women in industry in the 18th and early 19th centuries by Amanda Doggett. She will also cover challenges facing women in traditional industries today, as well as the difficulties of researching women’s history in general.

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*History of Ridley Township- Part 2: Ridley Township Today

Nov 15, 6:00 PM
Ridley Twp Public Library, 100 E Macdade Blvd, Folsom, PA 19033

Come to learn from local historian Keith Lockhart about what Ridley Township looks like today. Registration required. Limited seating.

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*Breadbasket of the World

Nov 15, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Zoom- registration required

This lecture by Jenn Green covers the workings of a The Mill at Anselma in Chester Springs, Chester County, to discover how a colonial era grist mill was built and functioned. It also covers the history and context of farming, milling and shipping of PA flour around the globe.

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*Who ARE the Five Tribes and Why WERE They “Civilized”?

Nov 15, 7:00 PM
Zoom- registration required

We are pleased to welcome back Michelle Place, the Executive Director of the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum for this virtual exploration into Native American History and the federally legislated displacement initiative that forced the Five Tribes to Indian Territory.

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*Amending National Register Nominations

Nov 16, 2:00 PM
Zoom- registration required

National Register nominations are not set in stone; they can be amended to add new criteria and new areas of significance. Learn how to amend existing National Register nominations to address untold stories and underrepresented communities. Compliments Past Forward conference.

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*Delaware County Historical Society via Zoom

Nov 17, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Zoom- registration required

Please join us for a presentation by Laurie Grant, Executive Director of DCHS. Ms. Grant will provide an overview of the County’s oldest and preeminent historical society, including information about the Society’s three pillars: Research Library, Museum Gallery and Children’s Education Center.

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Real Philly History, Real Fast: A Discussion

Nov 17, 6:30 PM
Online- registration required

“Real Philly History, Real Fast,” by amateur historian and certified tour guide Jim Murphy, presents “fascinating facts” and “interesting oddities” about Philadelphia heroes and historic sites many of us have never heard before. $10

See announcements below for info about his new book.

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*Shift Capital- J-Centrel: Home for Good

Nov 18, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Online- registration required

J-centrel is SHIFT’s latest project - setting the standard for how developers can create spaces for residents and businesses to engage and participate in the community.

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*Preserving and Sustaining Civil Rights Sites- virtual symposium

Nov 18, 1:00 PM – Nov 19, 5:00 PM
Zoom- registration required

By convening a number of scholars and practitioners deeply engaged in different aspects of preservation work, this symposium will address the varied needs for advancing the urgency of preserving sites, stories and organizations representing the heritage of civil rights in the U.S.

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*CCAHA 2021 Virtual Open House

Nov 18, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Zoom- registration required

At CCAHA we believe every object has a story, and helping tell those stories is one of the best parts of our job. Presentations will feature a variety of objects and treatments from the CCAHA lab.

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RittenHOWL: A Spooky, Spirited Evening at Historic RittenhouseTown

Nov 19, 8:00 PM – Nov 20, 11:00 PM
Historic Rittenhousetown Homestead, 208 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Join us under a bright moon for a spooky, spirited evening at the Historic RittenhouseTown. Seasonal drinks, Whiskey and gin tasting, Traditional light fare, Flashlight tours of the grounds with ghost stories, and Tarot card readings. $55

Learn More

*Remembering a Great American Hero MARIAN ANDERSON - The Lady From Philadelphia History Presentation

Nov 23, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Roosevelt Community Center, 464 S Old Middletown Rd, Media, PA 19063

Join us as local author Joe Henwood give a wonder presentation about the most significant, celebrated Philadelphian of the 20th Century, Marian Anderson. In addition to her singing, she was an iconic trailblazer for humanitarian issues. 

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