July 17, 1986 |
In anticipation of a bill that is expected to go before the state House of Representatives in September, the Springfield Planning Commission, together with local historians, plans to work on an ordinance designed to preserve historic buildings. At a commission meeting Tuesday night, four of the nine members heard a proposal by Marie Kitto of the Springfield Historical Society to draft an ordinance to protect individual historic sites. House Bill 1308, which Kitto urged the commission to support, would allow municipalities to designate specific landmarks as historic under state guidelines, she said.
December 13, 1987 |
A housing development and an office park, both on historic sites, have been proposed in West Whiteland. During the Planning Commission's meeting Wednesday, Blair & Son of Bryn Mawr submitted a sketch plan for a 170,000-square-foot industrial park on the site of the Thomas Marble Quarry, which was built in 1833 and supplied marble used in such buildings as Girard College in Philadelphia. The commission made several suggestions for the industrial park proposed for the northeast section of Whitford and National Roads, which would include warehouse space and light-industrial firms such as a painting contractor.
July 6, 1986 |
Josephine Hull spends Wednesday afternoons in a one-room schoolhouse that was built in 1759. She sits in a corner by the front window, leafing through the faded pages of an 18th-century almanac or arranging stacks of souvenir postcards. It is a lonely job. "Some weeks it's so slow, I could practically fall asleep here," Hull said. "If we get five or six people in here, we're doing pretty good. " On this particular day, a half-dozen people had come to tour the Old School House in Mount Holly before Hull closed its door, ending her three-hour volunteer shift and the site's weekly visiting hours.
September 11, 1991 |
Philadelphia is a city with a past. But the ability to preserve its distinguished history in bricks and mortar is being threatened by insufficient funds, insensitive public policy and the quest for modernization. Earlier this summer, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country's largest preservation organization, placed Independence Hall on the 1991 list of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. " Together with the other sites that comprise America's most historic square-mile, the birthplace of our nation is in disrepair.
November 29, 2001 |
Visit historic sites decorated for the holidays during Candlelight Christmas in Chadds Ford, from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at locations in the Brandywine area. Three historic farmhouses in East Marlborough Township will be open for this self-guided tour: the Job and Abigail Peirce House, a Quaker homestead built in 1830, at 733 Beversrede Trail; the Inn at Folly Hill Vineyard, an 1837 home at 700 Folly Hill Rd.; and Fox Quarry Farm, a 20th-century house built on an 80-acre farm at 640 N. Walnut Rd. Visitors can also stop in at the Barns-Brinton House, an 18th-century tavern and home on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, where costumed interpreters will prepare colonial fare, and the Brandywine Battlefield Park Visitor Center, also on Route 1, where a 1777 Christmas will be re-created with festivities and refreshments.
March 24, 1991 |
If Philadelphia was the cradle of liberty, you could say that Albany was where the infant United States first showed it could stand on its own. In the fall of 1777, British Gen. John "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne had a date for Christmas dinner in Albany. But coming down from the north with an army whose mission was to seize control of the vital Hudson River and thus split the colonies in half, Burgoyne ran into a patriot roadblock at Saratoga, just north of here. The American victory at Saratoga, which forced Burgoyne and his army to surrender, convinced the French to throw in with the colonists.
March 12, 1999 |
Two prominent Bucks County historic sites will soon be able to renovate and expand their buildings, collections and programs thanks to $3.8 million in state funds. At a news conference at the foot of the steps of Pennsbury Manor, the summer home William Penn built in 1683, Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker looked out onto the Delaware River and, on behalf of Gov. Ridge, announced a $3 million grant to Pennsbury Manor and a $785,000 grant to Washington Crossing Historic Park in Upper Makefield.
March 21, 1990 |
When the Revolutionary War hero didn't get paid for his efforts, he moved into a boarding house on Pine Street and tried to get the federal government to loosen its purse strings. That boarding house - now the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial at 3rd and Pine streets - has been closed since Jan. 1. You guessed it. More than 200 years later, again there were no federal funds for Kosciuszko. The boarding house was one of seven historic buildings that were closed to more than 49,800 tourists who have visited Independence National Historical Park since January.
August 19, 1990 |
Sharon Hill's centennial celebration is coming to a close, but borough officials will carry on one important activity with history in mind: the establishment of historic districts. Last month, the Borough Council passed an ordinance to form a five-member historical commission that will investigate and identify properties that might be considered historic. The commission also will coordinate applications for state and federal funding for the properties. Borough secretary Mildred Enderle said the commission would be made up of one council member, a real estate agent, a borough Planning Commission member, an architect and a resident.