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Montgomery County Markers
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Abington — Abington District World War I Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of Abington District who answered the call to service in the World War Ernest Lafitte Brautigam James Diodato Aaron M. Welch [They died in service] George R. Ambler, Jr. • Harry A.D. Baer • Albert N. Baggs • John M. Bockius, Jr. • George Boutcher • John A. Boutcher • Norman Boutcher • Edward Francis Britt, 2nd. • Sidney F.T. Brock • Joseph P. Brogan • William A. Brogan • Joseph E. Carney • Auson E. Carnill • Louis Cavallaro • Clarence E. . . . — Map (db m22840) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Abington — Abington Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Church founded on this site, 1714. Cemetery established, 1719. First recorded burial, 1728. Site of Revolutionary War skirmishes. Burials include pastors and educators notable in Abington, Philadelphia, and Princeton, and veterans of major wars. — Map (db m22347) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Abington — Old Abington Church and Graveyard
The oldest Presbyterian church in Montgomery County and mother church, directly or indirectly, to ten offspring churches. Founded in 1714 by the Rev. Malachi Jones, the first pastor. The original church stood in the center of the graveyard and was moved to present site in 1793. During the American Revolution local militia skirmished with British from graveyard. Early settlers of Abington were English Quakers, Welsh, Scots, and Dutch. — Map (db m22346) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Abington — Reverend Samuel Finley1715 - 1766
President of Princeton University 1751-1766 An original corporator of the Presbyterian Ministers Fund, oldest insurance company in the world. Here also rest the remains of The Reverend Samuel Finley Fifth President of Princeton College Born in Armagh, Ireland in the year 1715 Died July 16th 1766 — Map (db m23324) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Abington — Revolutionary War Patriots Buried in the Abington Presbyterian Church Graveyard
In memory of the Revolutionary War Patriots buried in the graveyard of the Abington Presbyterian Church Private Robert Barnes 1756-1815 Isaac Boileau 1722-1820 2nd Lt. John Houston 1751-1820 Colonel Robert Loller 1740-1808 Captain John Mann 1740-1819 Captain William McCalla 1732-1815 Presented September 17, 1987 — Map (db m22348) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Audubon — Ira Allen(1751 - 1814)
Noted for a major role in establishing and defending an independent Vermont in 1777, he was a frontier entrepreneur, an officer of the Green Mountain Boys and in the 1775 American Revolution northern campaign. Allen was an author and principal founding father of the University of Vermont. He died on January 15, 1814, was buried in the “Free Quaker” graveyard in Philadelphia, later removed to a site nearby. — Map (db m23650) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Audubon — Mill Grove
Originally built in 1762, the mansion later became the first home in America of the noted artist, naturalist and author, John James Audubon (1785-1851). Here, he began his studies of American birds and wildlife, which he portrayed so vividly in his numerous realistic paintings. The site is now owned and operated by the County of Montgomery. ——————————— The First Home in America of John James Audubon Purchased in 1951 . . . — Map (db m23668) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Audubon — Soldiers of Washington's Army
In memory of soldiers of Washington's Army who died in the old barn, used as a hospital, five hundred yards northeast from this place, during the winter of 1777-78 Erected Dec. 17, 1925 — Map (db m23661) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Audubon — Timothy Matlack
Revolutionary patriot, state official, and member of Continental Congress, 1780-81. Colonel of a rifle battalion, Philadelphia Associators, 1775-76; served in Battle of Princeton. A founder, Society of Free (or "Fighting") Quakers, 1781. Member, Constitutional Convention of Pennsylvania, 1776; secretary of its Supreme Executive Council, 1777-82; and Master of the Rolls, 1800-09. Died April 14, 1829; he was buried in Philadelphia and reinterred near here in 1905. — Map (db m23660) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Bryn Athyn — Bryn Athyn Cathedral
This Swedenborgian center is noted architecturally. Buildings in 14th-century Gothic and 12th-century Romanesque styles. Built by cooperative craft guilds in medieval way. Endowed by John Pitcairn. — Map (db m20764) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Cheltenham — Thomas Rowland & Sons Shovel Works
High quality shovels and spades were produced at the Rowland Mill complex near here, founded by Benjamin Rowland, Jr. in 1795. The millworks, operated until 1901 by the Rowland family, gained an international reputation and helped to establish the value of American manufactured goods abroad. The Rowland house here remains one of the last surviving late 18th century structures associated with early American hardware production. — Map (db m38673) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Collegeville — Perkiomen Bridge
Built in 1799, it is one of the oldest bridges still in use in the State. A lottery was authorized by a 1797 law to raise $20,000 for its construction. — Map (db m21482) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Elkins — Village of La Mott
Originally called Camptown, this village was laid out at the close of the Civil War on the site of former Camp William Penn. The camp was a training station for Negro troops enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1863 to 1865. — Map (db m4349) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Elkins Park — Camp William Penn
Camp William Penn 1863-1865 Training camp for colored troops enlisted into the United States Army erected by Allied Veterans Association of Pennsylvania July 4, 1943 — Map (db m4371) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Elkins Park — First Assembly of Abington Friends Meeting
The first religious meeting hereabout, now known as Abington Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers) was held here in 1683. This was the home of Richard and Joan Wall who came from Hasfield near Cheltenham England in 1682. Their granddaughter, Sarah Wall, married in 1694 George Shoemaker from Kriegsheim, Germany, for whose family this vicinity was called Shoemakertown, later Ogontz, now Elkins Parks. — Map (db m38725) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Elkins Park — Lucretia C. Mott
Nearby stood “Roadside,” the home of the ardent Quakeress, Lucretia C. Mott (1793-1880). Her most notable work was in connection with antislavery, women's rights, temperance and peace. — Map (db m22119) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Elkins Park — Shoemaker-Bosler Mill Site
In 1746 a corn-grist mill powered by a water wheel was erected here on a mill race of Tookany Creek. It was owned and operated by Dorothy Penrose Shoemaker, a descendant of Richard Wall, in partership with Richard Mather and John Tyson. Eventually the Shoemaker family became the sole owners. The surrounding area became known as Shoemakertown. During the Revolutionary War Hessians, retreating by way of Old York Road from the Battle of Edge Hill, damaged the mill and made off with the . . . — Map (db m38705) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Elkins Park — Shoemaker-Bosler Mill Site
The first mill on the site erected in 1746 was owned and operated by Dorothy Penrose Shoemaker, a descendant of Richard Wall. In 1847 their neighbor and employee Charles Bosler, whose business was hauling grain to the mill and flour to the city, bought the mill, the main house and 70 additional acres. The name changed to C. Bosler and Sons when his sons entered the business. They then improved the building in the 1880's by expanding the upper floors and adding a cupola in the Second Empire . . . — Map (db m38706) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Elkins Park — St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Oldest church building in Cheltenham Township, consecrated 1861. Founder was Jay Cooke (1821-1905), "financier of the Civil War." Cemetery, laid out 1879 and enlarged 1905, contains his mausoleum and graves of prominent area residents. Church originally designed by the firm of Sidney & Merry. Noted architect Horace Trumbauer was responsible for many later additions. — Map (db m38699) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Elkins Park — Wall House (The Ivy)
Original section, dated from 1682, was built by Richard Wall on land granted by William Penn. An early meeting place of the Society of Friends, 1683-1702. Additions were built about 1725 and 1805. Sarah Wall married George Shoemaker, 1694, and their descendants lived here to 1847. Purchased from the Bosler family, 1932, by Cheltenham Township. — Map (db m38701) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Fort Washington — Birds of a Feather
Identifying raptors (birds of prey) in flight can be difficult. However, even novice hawk-watchers can figure out which family a raptor belongs to. Most raptors migrating past this hawk watch site fall into one of three families: buteos, accipiters or falcons. Each family has unique wing and tail characteristics that help the birds fly in a specific manner. (1) Buteos • Have long, broad wings, a chunky body and a short, fanned-out tail • Soar for long periods without flapping . . . — Map (db m77173) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Fort Washington — Fort Washington
About 700 feet south of this stone is an American redoubt and the site of Howe's threatened attack Dec. 6, 1777. From here Washington's Army marched to Valley Forge. — Map (db m23525) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Fort Washington — Helping Hands
Militia Hill Hawk Watch A corps of dedicated volunteers counts and monitors migrating raptors each fall, providing valuable information about bird population health and migratory dynamics. The Militia Hill Hawk Watch began in 1988 with a small group of volunteers, a stack of compilers’ sheets and a card table. Today, Militia Hill is a recognized observation facility with two observation decks, a butterfly garden, bird feeders and a library of information about birds, insects, . . . — Map (db m77175) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Fort Washington — Hope Lodge
Built in mid-18th century, house is fine example of Georgian-period architecture. — Map (db m23523) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Fort Washington — Hope Lodge
Originally known as White Marsh Estate served as Army Medical Headquarters November and December 1777 for George Washington’s army Commemorated 1995 Sons of the American Revolution ( Second Marker : ) This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m69938) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Fort Washington — Is That an Eagle?
Water View, Large Trees Suppose you were a bald eagle. Soaring high above, your keen eyes search for a place to raise your young. You need a tall, sturdy tree that will hold a one-ton nest. You look for water—a river or lake with fish swimming near the surface. Other wildlife is a plus; you prefer fish, but birds, small mammals and a variety of carrion also will satisfy your appetite, Only bothersome humans make unacceptable neighbors. Good eagle habitat . . . — Map (db m77172) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Fort Washington — On the Wing
In North America, migrating raptors travel along several migratory routes. This hawk watch site sits along the eastern-most route, known as the Atlantic Coastal Flyway. Birds fly south for the winter from northeastern Canada and the United States, following the Appalachian mountains and the Atlantic coastline as far south as Argentina. Each species migrates on its own schedule; years of hawk-watching have shown which times are best for spotting each species. Invisible Expressways . . . — Map (db m77174) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Fort Washington — Whitemarsh
Here in the Emlen House Washington had his headquarters from Nov. 2 to Dec. 11, 1777, just before moving to Valley Forge. The last battle of this year was a British attack repulsed here on Dec. 5-6. — Map (db m69936) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Hatboro — Hatboro World War I Memorial
In honor of the men of Hatboro and vicinity who answered their country's call in the World War 1917 - 1918 Frank G. Girard [died in service] Dedicated May 30, 1922 — Map (db m23293) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Hatboro — Union Library
Union Library House built by a donation from Nathan Holt 1849 Union Library Company of Hatborough Founded in the year 1755 — Map (db m29696) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Horsham — Horsham Friends Meeting Meeting House
Built 1803 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m28106) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Horsham — Horsham Township
Founded in 1717, comprises 16.5 square miles. Named for a town in Sussex, England. Site of Graeme Park, residence of Governor Sir William Keith 1717-1726. First autogiro flight in U.S. made here 1928, Pitcairn Field - site became U.S. Naval Air Station 1942. — Map (db m28107) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Horsham — Keith Housec.1722 — Home of a Pennsylvania Provincial Governor
Built 1722 by Sir William Keith, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania, 1717~1726. Also called Graeme Park, for Dr. Thomas Graeme, owner after 1737. — Map (db m66648) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Jeffersonville — West Norriton Township World War Memorial
Erected in memory of the men and women of West Norriton Township who served in the World War 1917-1918 — Map (db m23574) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — “Crowded and Very Sickly”
Putrid fever, the itch, diarrhea, dysentery and rheumatism were some of the afflictions suffered by the Continental troops. At Valley Forge the Hospital Department inoculated two to three thousand against smallpox. Medicine, food, blankets and even straw for bedding were in short supply. All kinds of “Dirt and Filth” were ordered burned or buried. General Orders in May requested mud plaster removed, huts made as airy as possible, and “the Powder of a Musquet . . . — Map (db m28969) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — 1st and 2nd Rhode Island Regiments
Dedicated to Major General Nathanael Greene Brigadier General James Mirchell Varnum Colonel Christopher Greene Colonel Israel Angell and to other officers and men of 1st and 2nd Rhode Island Regiments encamped at Valley Forge in 1777-1778. - Let Our Name Stand Fair - — Map (db m28897) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — A Pointed Defense
On the attack, this would be your perspective: advancing uphill, passing through sharp obstructions, only to face artillery and supporting infantry mounted in the redan. Brigade huts would be across the road, just behind the defenses. These fortifications must have impressed enemy spies. The British commander, Sir William Howe, wrote home to Lord George Germain that the American positions were “too strong to attack with a clear chance of success.” Abatis In the winter . . . — Map (db m28973) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — American Icon
Americans of the Revolutionary era looked to ancient Rome and Greece as models of republican ideals. This statue, a bronze copy of die original marble which has stood in the rotunda of the Virginia State capitol since 1796, includes both classical and also American symbols that would have been familiar to Americans of die time. George Washington is depicted as a modern Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer and general who left his farm to save the Roman Republic, and then voluntarily returned to his . . . — Map (db m77119) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Anthony Wayne
Colonel Chester Co., Battalion of Minute Men July 21, 1775 Colonel 4th Penna. Infantry Battalion January 3, 1776 Brig. General Continental Army February 21, 1777 to November 3, 1783 Brevetted Major General September 30, 1783 “Resolved unanimously, that the thanks of the Congress be presented to Brig. General Wayne for his brave, prudent and soldierly conduct in the spirited and well conducted attack on Stony Point; that a gold medal emblematical of this action be struck and presented to . . . — Map (db m5673) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Artillery Park
Some redoubts and earthworks went unarmed. Most cannons at Valley Forge were kept in the Artillery Park near the center of the encampment. From here guns could be rushed to the point of attack. The Artillery Park gave the Americans a flexible defense. But camp roads were deep in mud; horses were starving. It may be fortunate that an attack never came. — Map (db m5674) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Commander in Chief’s GuardsAn Elite Security Force — Valley Forge National Historical Park
Always present, Washington’s guard occupied huts here. This special detachment was created to protect the Commander in Chief, his official family, and his equipment, supplies, and papers. Washington required that each life guard, as they called themselves, be a native born American. It was assumed such men would be loyal, as they had a vested interest in the success of the war. Today this tradition continues in the form of the Third United States Infantry, a unit that stands guard at the Tomb . . . — Map (db m28888) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — DeKalb’s DivisionContinental Army — Valley Forge   December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Major General Baron DeKalb Patterson’s Brigade Brig. General John Patterson commanding 10th Massachusetts Infantry     Col. Thomas Marshall 11th Massachusetts Infantry     Col. Benjamin Tupper 12th Massachusetts Infantry     Col. Samuel Brewer 14th Massachusetts Infantry     Col. Gamaliel Bradford — Map (db m28838) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — DeKalb's Division (Learned's Brigade)
Continental Army — Valley Forge December 19 1777 June 18 1778 — DeKalb’s Division Major General Baron DeKalb Learned’s Brigade Major General Baron DeKalb Learned's Brigade Brig. General Ebenezer Learned Commanding 2nd Massachusetts Infantry •     Col. John Bailey 8th Massachusetts Infantry   •   Col. Michael Jackson 9th Massachusetts Infantry   •   Col. James Wesson — Map (db m41166) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Did You Know?
Who owned and lived in the building when Washington arrived? The house was built for Isaac Potts, and iron master who was one of the owners of the Valley Forge. At the time of the winter encampment in 1777, he was not living there but had rented to his aunt, Deborah Hewes. What was the building used for before the winter encampment? This was a relatively new dwelling built sometime between 1768 and 1770, one of the number of houses in this small, rural, industrial village. . . . — Map (db m77124) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Freemasons of Pennsylvania
“In remembrance of the Continental Army led by George Washington, a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and in honor of the many Freemasons who were part of the encampment at this site, the Freemasons of Pennsylvania place this monument so that future generations will know that freedom was as important in 1997 as it was in 1777 – 1778.” Edward O. Weisser R.W. Grand Master Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Pennsylvania Dedicated August 24 1997 < Back of Monument > The National . . . — Map (db m28919) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Gen. Lachlan McIntosh1727-1806 — Georgia State Marker
"an officer of great worth and merit" George Washington During the winter of Valley Forge, Gen. Lachlan McIntosh of Georgia commanded the first brigade of the Continental Amy. The Brigade which was composed of North Carolina regiments, was quartered in this area. McIntosh also commanded Washington's Life Guard. To commemorate the service of Gen. McIntosh and of other Georgians in the young Republic's critical hour of Valley Forge. The STATE OF GEORGIA has gratefully erected . . . — Map (db m66069) WM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Generals and Cattle Raids
The First and Second Pennsylvania Brigades, temporarily commanded by Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, encamped in this area. About 800 men served in each of the sixteen brigades at Valley Forge. An estimated 34,577 pounds of meat and 168 barrels of flour per day were needed to feed the army. Soldiers relied on their home states and on the Continental Congress to supply food, clothing, and equipment. Shortages varied widely between the regiments. Any number of misfortunes – spoilage, bad . . . — Map (db m5694) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Glover’s BrigadeContinental Army — Valley Forge   December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Division -------------------- Glover’s Brigade Brig. General John Glover commanding 1st Massachusetts Infantry   Col. Joseph Vose 4th Massachusetts Infantry   Col. William Shepard 13th Massachusetts Infantry   Col. Edward Wigglesworth 15th Massachusetts Infantry   Col. Timothy Bigelow — Map (db m28843) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Greene’s DivisionContinental Army — Valley Forge   December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Major General Nathaniel Greene Muhlenberg’s Brigade Brig. General J. Peter G. Muhlenberg commanding “German Regiment” Pennsylvania Line   Lieut. Col. Lewis Weltner (Raised July 12 1776 – Mustered out January 1781) 1st Regiment Virginia Infantry   Colonel Richard Parker 5th Regiment Virginia Infantry   Colonel Abraham Buford 9th Regiment Virginia Infantry   Lieut. Col. Burgess Ball 13th Regiment Virginia Infantry Virginia State Regiment of Infantry   Colonel George Gibson — Map (db m28839) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Greene’s DivisionContinental Army — Valley Forge   December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Major General Nathaniel Greene Weedon’s Brigade Brig. General George Weedon commanding 13th Regiment Infantry Pennsylvania Line   Col. Walter Stewart (Raised as “State Regiment of Foot” March 1 1777 attached to Pennsylvania Line as 13th Regiment Infantry November 12 1777 – Consolidated with 2d Regiment Infantry July 1 1778) 2d Regiment Virginia Infantry   Lieut. Colonel Charles Dabney 6th Regiment Virginia Infantry   Colonel John Gibson 10th Regiment Virginia Infantry   . . . — Map (db m28841) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Headquarters Complex
The headquarters house overlooking the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River was the hub of military activity. It was from here that General Washington, with the assistance of his staff, conducted the daily routine of the army. Often there were more than twenty officers and aides present to assist the Commander-in-Chief in his duties. — Map (db m28903) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Huntington’s BrigadeContinental Army — Valley Forge   December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Division -------------------- Huntington’s Brigade Brig. General Jedediah Huntington commanding 1st Regiment Connecticut Infantry   Lieut. Col. Samuel Prentice 2nd Regiment Connecticut Infantry   Col. Charles Webb 5th Regiment Connecticut Infantry   Col. Philip B. Bradley 7th Regiment Connecticut Infantry   Col. Heman Swift — Map (db m28848) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Huntington’s Brigade
Occupied this ground — Map (db m28852) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Knox’s QuartersJohn Brown Farm
Brigadier General Henry Knox, Washington’s 27 year old artillery chief, used as his quarters the small stone section of this house. Located upstream on Valley Creek from Washington’s Headquarters, this was the farm home of John Brown and his family. As was typical in the area, the small stone house was increased in size to meet the needs of a larger family and as a show of wealth. — Map (db m28876) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Log City
Following their arrival December 19, 1777, the men immediately set to work building huts for shelter. General orders the preceding day specified the size and design of the huts: 14 x 16 feet each, 6½ feet high, a door next to the street and a fireplace in the rear. Despite the orders, hut size, location, and material varied – as these reconstructions demonstrate. Men from different regions were familiar with different building techniques, a few were skilled craftsmen. A . . . — Map (db m6149) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Maine
To commemorate the officers and men from that part of New England now known as the State of Maine who served in Massachusetts regiments in the Continental Army under Washington at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777 – 8 sharing the hardships there endured.This memorial is erected by the State of Maine under the auspices of the Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. ----------   1907   ---------- — Map (db m28837) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben
Erected by the National German American Alliance,   1915 — Map (db m28860) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Massachusetts Monument
This monument is erected by a grateful Commonwealth in memory of the soldiers of Massachusetts who served at Valley Forge 19 Dec 1777       19 June 1778 Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem < Back of Monument > Massachusetts soldiers who served at Valley Forge, Pa. under his excellency, General George Washington, between 19 Dec. 1777 and 19 June 1778. General Officers Brig. Gen. Henry Knox, Chief of Artillery Brig. Gen. James Mitchell Varnum       Brig Gen. John Glover Brig. . . . — Map (db m28965) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — New Jersey BrigadeContinental Army
Erected by The State of New Jersey upon the site occupied by the New Jersey Brigade Infantry – Line – Continental Army Brigadier General William Maxwell First Regiment   Col. Mathias Ogden Second Regiment   Col. Israel Shreve Third Regiment   Col. Elias Dayton Fourth Regiment   Col. Ephraim Martin December 19 1777 – June 18 1778 — Map (db m28831) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — North of the RiverSupporting the Winter Camp
The land just across the Schuylkill River played a vital role in the winter encampment. Provisions and armaments from throughout the region were brought there, and the army built a bridge for access across the river just downstream of this point. The commissary and a hospital were established there, and a farmers’ market was set up to sell goods and food to the soldiers. From that side of the river, the army could better monitor British movements to the north and east. When the camp on this . . . — Map (db m77123) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Officer’s Quarters
In contrast to soldiers’ log huts, officers’ quarters appear lavish. But the present houses look significantly different from encampment days. Architectural modifications have more than doubled the size of General Henry Knox’s “quarters.” Though a number of officers began the encampment in local farmhouses, many (including Knox) later moved into huts to be closer to their men. Reluctant Hosts Valley Forge farms were generally prosperous; the area had been cleared and . . . — Map (db m28871) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Pennsylvania Columns
< Right Column > John Armstrong     Brigadier General J. Peter G. Muhlenberg     Brigadier General William Irvine     3rd Penna Battalion Joseph Reed     Adjutant General < Left Column > Josiah Harman     Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Mifflin     Major General Arthur St. Clair     Major General John Cadwalader     Brigadier General — Map (db m28928) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Pennsylvania DivisionContinental Army — Valley Forge   December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Brigadier General Anthony Wayne First Brigade Colonel Thomas Hartley commanding 1st Regiment Infantry ---------- Colonel James Chambers Raised July 1 1776   Mutered out November 3 1783 2d Regiment Infantry ---------- Colonel Henry Bicker Raised October 25 1776   Mustered out November 3 1785 7th Regiment Infantry   Lieutenant Colonel David Grier Raised January 1 1777   Mustered out January 17 1781 10th Regiment Infantry   Lieutenant Colonel Adam Hubley Raised October 25 1776   Mustered out . . . — Map (db m28846) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Poor’s BrigadeContinental Army — Valley Forge   December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Division -------------------- Poor’s Brigade Brig. Gen. Enoch Poor commanding 1st Regiment New Hampshire Infantry   Col. Joseph Cilley 2nd Regiment New Hampshire Infantry   Col. Nathan Hale 3rd Regiment New Hampshire Infantry   Col. Alexander Scammell 2nd Regiment New York Infantry   Col. Philip Cortlandt 4th Regiment New York Infantry   Col. Henry Livingston — Map (db m28845) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Remembering Valley ForgeThe People’s Park — Valley Forge National Historical Park
The perseverance of the soldiers at Valley Forge is a beloved American story. Long-discussed ideas for commemoration of their sacrifices were implemented after the disruption of the Civil War, when the centennials of both the Declaration of Independence and also the encampment itself refocused attention on unification and the ideals of the Revolutionary period. Preservation came about from citizen action and advocacy. Their common vision was the preservation of a significant place that had . . . — Map (db m29110) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Schoolhouse
This one room stone structure was built about 35 years after the encampment when the village of Valley Forge was expanding with industry. It served as a school until a new and larger building was constructed directly across Gulph Road. It then deteriorated and was used by local farmers as a storage shed and stable until it was restored first in 1915 and again in 1975. — Map (db m28880) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Site of the Marquee
On this spot General Washington erected his campaign tent (marquee) when he entered Valley Forge December 19, 1777. He occupied this tent until December 24, 1777, when he moved his headquarters to the Potts House at the junction of Valley Creek and Schuylkill River. — Map (db m28882) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Soldiers’ Huts
on original street of Muhlenberg’s Brigade — Map (db m28976) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Sullivan’s DivisionContinental Army — Valley Forge December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Major General John Sullivan Maxwell’s Brigade Brig. General William Maxwell commanding 1st. New Jersey Infantry     Colonel Mathias Ogden 2nd. New Jersey Infantry     Colonel Israel Shreve 3rd. New Jersey Infantry     Colonel Elias Dayton 4th. New Jersey Infantry     Colonel Ephraim Martin — Map (db m28832) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — The Camp’s Road System
Adapting to the terrain, the arriving army used peaceful farm roads as lines of communication within the sprawling encampment. Livestock, commissary wagons, and troops dragging firewood quickly turned roads into rivers of mud. After Sullivan’s Bridge was completed, this road led north across the Schuylkill River to the army’s supply staging area. Dragoons Dragoons (cavalry) were the camp’s messengers and lookouts. Through dragoons sometimes galloped these roads, carrying letters from . . . — Map (db m28966) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — The Grand Parade
Cannon smoke clouds the fields below. A roar of muskets crisscrosses the Grand Parade as thousands of double-ranked troops perform a feu de joie (“fire of joy.”) To celebrate the signing of the French Treaty of Alliance, General Washington reviews the troops of the entire encampment May 6, 1778. The Grand Parade becomes a showplace for the newly trained and disciplined Continental Army – a tribute to Baron von Steuben’s intensive drilling. The signing of the Treaties of . . . — Map (db m5701) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — The National Arch at Valley Forge
George Washington, Valley Forge and Freemasonry represent patriotism, freedom and brotherly love to all Freemasons. Washington served as Master of his Masonic Lodge at the same time he was President of the United States. Through the preservation of this National Memorial Arch in 1996 – 1997, the Freemasons of Pennsylvania sought to honor the memory of George Washington, a national hero, patriot and prominent Freemason, and to honor the brave men who endured the winter encampment at Valley . . . — Map (db m11884) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — The Village of Valley ForgeOrdinary Place, Extraordinary History — Valley Forge National Historical Park
An iron forge was established in this remote place in the early 1700s, as there was ample water power from Valley Creek, limestone for processing iron ore, and timber to make charcoal to fuel the furnaces. Soon, dams and mill races, charcoal houses, a saw mill, grist mill, company store, and tenement houses grew up around the forge, forming the nucleus of an iron village. Eventually, the place was named for the forge it depended on: Valley Forge. “Valley Forge is a manufacturing . . . — Map (db m29010) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — To Build a Redoubt
The earthworks today appear to be giant molehills. But it took complex engineering to construct them. A deep ditch was excavated in front, to slow an attacking enemy. The dirt was heaped into gabions - baskets of interwoven branches. Bundles of branches called fascines were piled outside and inside the wall to protect the defenders, then the entire work was usually covered with sod to absorb cannon fire. Here at redoubt 3, the inside walls were faced with stakes. Sod was scarce . . . — Map (db m11887) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Training for Victory
Like a drill sergeant, Inspector General Friedrich von Steuben trains eyeball to eyeball with a company of Continentals. This model company must serve as an example to the rest of Washington’s army. The Grand Parade, here at the center if the encampment, is the only terrain expansive enough for drilling massed brigades. In simulated battle, Steuben sends troops back and forth across rough ground, preparing for the impending campaign against the British. “Fix…bayonets” Steuben . . . — Map (db m5698) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Upper Forge Site
Between here and the creek stood the forge. A low stone dam diverted water to power the bellows and hammer. Mount Misery, rising behind you, provided wood for charcoal. During the encampment, a road to the forge cut through the gap on the hill in front of you. The present road did not exist. Bar iron produced at the forge was marketed in Philadelphia. In addition, the forge blacksmith shoed horses, steeled plows, and generally supplied the needs of the local community. At the time of the . . . — Map (db m28893) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Valley CreekMeandering through History — Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Creek flows through the historic Village of Valley Forge to its confluence with the Schuykill River, just downstream of this point. Once the primary source of water and power for a bustling town, it now is one of the park’s most important natural resources. It is designated as an Exceptional Value Watershed and a Class A Wild Trout Fishery – remarkable qualities in such an urbanized region. < Sidebar: > Valley Creek is cleaner than at any time in the last 300 years. Threats to . . . — Map (db m29113) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Valley Forge Hut
The Hut nearby built according to Washington’s Orders for the Construction of Huts for the Winter Camp of 1777-1778 stands on the Site of a similar Hut which sheltered Soldiers of the Pennsylvania Line and it commemorates their Fortitude in the Endurance of every Adversity for their Country and for Independency. Constructed by the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution June 18, A.D. 1935 — Map (db m5670) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Varnum’s BrigadeContinental Army — Valley Forge   December 19 1777   June 18 1778
Division -------------------- Varnum’s Brigade Brig. General James M. Varnum commanding 1st Regiment Rhode Island Infantry   Col. Christopher Greene 2nd Regiment Rhode Island Infantry   Col. Israel Angell 4th Regiment Connecticut Infantry   Col. John Durkee 8th Regiment Connecticut Infantry   Col. John Chandler — Map (db m28847) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Varnum’s Quarters
When he moved in, General James Varnum used one room as both living quarters and brigade headquarters, and even held general courts martial. The owners, David and Elizabeth Stephens and their family, were allowed to remain in the rest of the house. A large portion of their farmland was used for the Grand Parade. When Varnum’s hut was completed, he joined his Rhode Island and Connecticut brigades hutted on both sides of the road near Stephens’ home. — Map (db m28862) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — War Comes to Valley ForgeThe British Raid
Just upstream is the site of the Valley Forge, for which this area was named. The Continental Army used the forge to store foods and weapons. Three months before the winter encampment, the British swept through on September 18, 1777 and burned the forge and other buildings. Much-needed supplies were lost, despite the desperate attempt of a small Continental force to transport them across the Schuylkill River to safety. The British fired some parting shots at the fleeing rebels, killing one man. . . . — Map (db m28835) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Washington’s Headquarters
For six months this quiet path was a congested thoroughfare. Express riders from Congress, civilians requesting passes, guards posted around the house, couriers rushing out with new orders, foreign officers seeking employment, continually jammed this road during the encampment. At the center of the tumult was the Commander-in-Chief. From Headquarters, George Washington issued General Orders to the brigades, dictated eloquent warnings to Congress, and directed military operations from Georgia to Maine. — Map (db m5668) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Washington’s Headquarters
”We had engaged in the defense of our injured country and we were determined to persevere.” Private Joseph Plumb Martin Valley Forge: An American Symbol Welcome to Washington’s Headquarters, site of General Washington's command post and living quarters during the winter encampment of 1777-78. The War of American Independence was in the third year of an eight and one-half year struggle when the Continental Army established its winter camp across . . . — Map (db m77122) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Why Valley Forge?
Location Matters Just 20 miles outside Philadelphia, Valley Forge was close enough to monitor British army activities but far enough away to prevent a surprise attack. Washington used this hilly country to his advantage, building defensive lines on the ridges overlooking Philadelphia to the east and nestling the camp against the Schuylkill River to prevent attack from the north. From here he also could protect the outlying regions, including York, where the Continental Congress had . . . — Map (db m77120) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), King of Prussia — Winter EncampmentDecember 19, 1777 – June 19, 1778
The countryside was stripped of trees. All available wood went to build and heat the city of huts that crowded this ridge. When the Continental Army wintered here, every acre was heavily used – for entrenchments, stock pens, an artillery park, and parade grounds. Fields turned to mud. Within decades after the war, the scene had returned to woodlots and farmland. The tour route circles the encampment, now marked by earthworks and monuments. — Map (db m8828) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Merion Station — Early Tavern — General Wayne Inn
Opened in 1704, this tavern was known in Colonial times as the William Penn Inn, the Tunis Ordinary and Streeper’s Tavern. Familiar to Franklin and Washington, the inn was renamed, shortly after the Revolution, in honor of Gen. Wayne, who had lodged here. — Map (db m68614) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Merion Station — John Dickinson(1732-1808)
Statesman, author. In influential writings, 1765-74, argued against British policies. Later, as a member, Continental Congress, 1774-76, favored conciliation and opposed the Declaration of Independence; nonetheless, served the patriot cause as colonel, 1st Philadelphia Battalion. President, Pa. Supreme Executive Council, 1782-85. Delegate, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; a strong supporter of the Constitution. Deeded land to Merion Meeting, 1801-04. — Map (db m68628) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Merion Station — Merion Friends Meeting — One of the oldest places of worship in the Nation
Continuously used since its erection in 1695 by Quakers, this Meeting House is thought to have been visited by William Penn. Welsh carpenters are believed responsible for its highly unusual cruciform architecture. — Map (db m68646) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Merion Station — Merion Friends Meeting House — A National Historic Landmark
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Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Merion Station — Philadelphia and Columbia RailwayThe Main Line of Public Works of the State of Pennsylvania — 1834-1857
One of Americas Earliest Railroads, it was first powered by horses, later by steam. The right-of-way was on the south-side of Montgomery Avenue across from Merion Friends Meetinghouse. This railroad was a major route for escaping slaves crossing the Susquehanna River from Maryland. As the freight cars passed this Meetinghouse, several Quaker families, who operated Safe Houses, placed food and water in the cars for escaping slaves. These are the original “sleeper” . . . — Map (db m68652) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Merion Station — Washington's Army Encampment — 1777
On this and adjacent ground Washington's Army encamped September 14, 1777. Erected by Merion Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution September 14, 1896 — Map (db m68748) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Montgomeryville — Winfield S. Hancock
Outstanding Civil War general and hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, was born here Feb. 14, 1824. After 1828 he lived in Norristown, where he is buried. — Map (db m23516) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Norristown — David Rittenhouse
Eminent astronomer and mathematician. Born April 8, 1732 Died June 26, 1796. He calculated and observed the transit of Venus at his home in Norriton 1769 — Map (db m23566) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Norristown — Gen. Andrew Porter
Revolutionary War officer; surveyor of western and northern State boundaries, 1784-87; Surveyor-General, 1809-13. Born near here, 1743; died at Harrisburg, 1813. His home, "Selma," is marked a block distant. — Map (db m25120) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Norristown — Military Order of the Purple Heart1782 1932
This memorial is erected by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in revered memory of the men and women of our military services who sacrificed their lives in combat action against our nation's armed enemies. They unselfishly served and suffered, for neither fame nor glory, but for duty and honor. We do solemnly consecrate and sanctify their memory. May We Never Forget! — Map (db m23565) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Norristown — Montgomery County Civil War Memorial
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Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Norristown — Montgomery County Court House1784
The original county jail, built in 1787, stood here with the original courthouse. In 1851, a new jail was built and still stands on Airy St. near DeKalb. Designed by Napoleon LeBrun, the architect who later designed the courthouse, the new jail cost eighty six thousand dollars to construct. — Map (db m23526) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Norristown — Montgomery County Vietnam War Memorial
This monument was erected by the residents and businesses of the Borough of Norristown to pay tribute and honor to all those who sacrificed their lives and to those who served our country in the Vietnam War. We dedicate this memorial to the memory of those who lost their lives from Norristown and throughout the entire region of Montgomery County on this Veteran's Day, November 11, 1984. [Honor Roll of Montgomery County Dead] — Map (db m23676) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Norristown — Selma
Home of Andrew Porter, Revolutionary general. Birthplace of his sons: David R., Gov. of Penna., 1839-45; James M., Sec. of War, 1843; George B., Gov. of Michigan Territory, 1831-34. — Map (db m23670) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Norristown — September 11 2001
The Many Who Died The Many Who Fought to Save Others Memories Never Die — Map (db m23572) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Plymouth Meeting — Abolition Hall
The antislavery meeting hall here, opened in 1856, brought many leading abolitionist speakers as guests of George Corson and his wife, Martha Maulsby Corson. Built over a carriage shed, the hall could accommodate up to 200 visitors. The family's 1767 homestead here had already long been a station on the Underground Railroad. Later, 1881-1895, Abolition Hall was the studio of son-in-law Thomas Hovenden, who painted “Last Moments of John Brown.” — Map (db m23524) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Plymouth Meeting — Mogeetown
A company town developed in 1880 by William Mogee for his lime quarry workers, many of whom were southern European immigrants. The limestone was transported by boat on the nearby Schuylkill River. — Map (db m26825) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Plymouth Meeting — Plymouth Friends Meetinghouse
In continuous use as a house of worship since about 1708, it served as a hospital and campsite for Washington's forces on way to Valley Forge. Eastern wing, added in 1780, replaced original log school. Site was a center of activity during Abolition Movement. — Map (db m22155) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Plymouth Meeting — Site of North Star Public School and Plymouth Township High School
Site of North Star Public School 1840-1915 and Plymouth Township High School 1890-1915 — Map (db m23552) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Annie Wittenmyer
Past National President, Woman's Relief Corps Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic Died February 2, 1900 Erected by the Woman's Relief Corps in loving memory of her service on battle-fields and in hospitals during the Civil War — Map (db m23279) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Bahr ArcadeHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
The original structure on this site was a mansion built in the early 1840's by Jacob S. Yost, a Congressman and Federal Marshall [sic]. It was the birthplace of Jacob's nephew George Yost Coffin, a famous political cartoonist, whose work appeared regularly in the Washington newspapers. In 1901, George L. Gerhard purchased the property for $11,450. He and his partner Wilson R. Brown razed the mansion and began construction of the market house on the rear portion of the lot. They then purchased . . . — Map (db m22496) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — First Iron Bridge
The first iron truss bridge in the U.S. was built in 1845 in the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad blacksmith shop, just south of here. It was designed for the railroad in 1844 by Richard B. Osborne. — Map (db m23782) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Freight Station - AAA East PennHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
Pottstown's growing importance as a regional manufacturing center prompted the Reading Co. to upgrade its facilities here in the 1920's. On the 26th of December in 1924, the Reading Co. revealed plans for the construction of a new $1,000,000 passenger and freight station in Pottstown. The Reading Co. purchased five homes on Hanover St. and several business properties on the south side of the tracks and underwrote the cost of the new plants for Pottstown Cold Storage and Auchenbach Wholesale . . . — Map (db m23815) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — G.A.R. StatueHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
A memorial to veterans of the Civil War, this statue was given to G.A.R. Post No. 595 by Miss Annie Richards in memory of her brother Mathias Edgar Richards. The dedication took place on July 4, 1893 at 11:00 am. At the ceremony, a gavel carved from a tree that stood on Maryes Heights during the Battle of Fredericksburg was presented to the newly formed G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Post No. 595 named for Richards. Mathias served as an adjutant in Cake's 96th Pennsylvania Regiment from . . . — Map (db m22498) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Graham Post No. 106 G.A.R. Civil War MemorialOur Fallen Comrades
Erected by Graham Post No. 106, Grand Army of the Republic July 4, 1879 to commemorate the services of those who defended the nation in the Civil War of 1861-1865 — Map (db m24028) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Philadelphia Steam Engine Fire Co. #1Historic Pottstown Walking Tour
After a series of bad fires in 1870, Borough Council recognized the need for a local fire company and sent representatives to Philadelphia to purchase their first piece of equipment, a hand drawn pumper apparatus, from the Philadelphia Fire Company #18. On January 3, 1871, with the help of some local men Pottstown's first fire company, the Philadelphia Fire Company of Pottstown, was formed. In June of 1871, they added a horse-drawn Silsby steam engine apparatus and became the Philadelphia . . . — Map (db m23849) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Pottsgrove ManorHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
In November of 1751, John Potts, iron master and merchant, entered into an indenture to purchase two tracts of land from Samuel McCall, Jr. and his wife Anne. This land, situated at the confluence of the Manatawny Creek and the Schuylkill River, comprised one thousand acres and had been part of a tract of 14,000 acres once known as McCall's Manor. Potts took full property rights on September 8, 1752, when he finished paying £3000 for the property. He named the place Pottsgrove and construction . . . — Map (db m23853) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Pottstown Brewing Co.Historic Pottstown Walking Tour
In 1886, Joseph M. Selinger moved his brewery from a stone building about a mile from Pottstown at Glasgow to a three story brick building at High & Manatawny Sts. near the “Barn Houses” that were built on the foundation of the stables for The Red Lion Inn, one of Pottstown's earliest inns. The brewery changed hands frequently in its early years and was sheriffed in 1897 due to financial problems brought on by competition with rival breweries. The new owners razed the brewery . . . — Map (db m23859) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Pottstown Historical SocietyHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
Since 1936, the Historical Society has dedicated itself to promoting interest in the historic background of Pottstown and to preserving materials which illustrate that history. In 2000, the Historical Society continued its commitment to historic preservation in the community by purchasing for its headquarters the flower shop built in 1884 by Lloyd Keim. The insurance map at the left indicates not only the extensiveness of the property in 1916, but the nature of the various structures on it. As . . . — Map (db m23218) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Pottstown War MemorialGreater Love Hath No Man Than This — That a Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends
In proud remembrance of Pottstown heroes who gave their lives in the Great World War for freedom justice and humanity World War II Dec 7, 1941 - Sept 2, 1945 In grateful tribute to those of this community who gave their lives for our country Korean War June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953 Vietnam War — Map (db m23281) WM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Reading Passenger StationHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
When people learned of the railroad coming to Pottstown in the 1830's, the two rival hotel keepers, John Boyer and Joshua B. Missimer, vied for their business by building hotels on either side of the railroad tracks. Both lost out. In 1939 [sic - 1839], the railroad built a small depot just west of Missimer's Hotel. After a short time the depot became too small, so the railroad bought Missimer's Hotel for $10,000 and turned the small depot into a baggage and express office. This hotel, the . . . — Map (db m23201) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Site of Old Burial Ground
The Gift of John Potts - Founder of Pottstown to Early German Settlers of the Lutheran and Reformed Faith A.D. 1752 ————————— On the adjoining bronze tablets are inscribed the names and dates of persons whose graves were located in the Reformed portion of the graveyard. This monument was erected by the congregation of Zion's Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) Rev. Howard A. Kosman, Pastor, October 12, A.D. 1956, to . . . — Map (db m23136) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — St. Clair MansionHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
The St. Clair Mansion was built by John Potts, Jr., the third son of the founder of Pottstown. A judge of the Common Pleas Court, he elected to remain loyal to England during the American Revolution and had to flee the country when his properties were confiscated. In 1782, Gen. Arthur St. Clair purchased the property for £6,700 in Continental currency. The Scottish born soldier had a long if somewhat controversial career during the war, rising from colonel to major-general. He was also . . . — Map (db m23185) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The Elks HomeHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
Local residents have long admired this beautiful mansion built in 1888 by Jacob Fegely, which since 1913 has served as the home of the B.P.O.E. Pottstown Lodge No. 814. This was not the first mansion on the site, however. The original structure belonged to a much esteemed native family, the Van Buskirks, their home having been said to have dated to the 1700's. Dr. George Van Buskirk practiced medicine locally prior to the 1840's, with his son William A. following in his footsteps in 1846. . . . — Map (db m23778) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The Grubb MansionHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
The Grubb Mansion, located at 1304 High Street, is a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1906 by William I. Grubb. Mr. Grubb began his career as a slater and a carpenter. In 1893, at the age of 37, he formed a bicycle manufacturing company in a small shop along Queen Street between Charlotte and Evans Streets. In 1895, the company, known as the Light Cycle Co., moved to a new, three-story brick factory at Queen and Union Streets. During the next 35 years, the Light Cycle Co. manufactured bicycles, . . . — Map (db m23216) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The Hill School
Founded in 1851 by the Rev. Matthew Meigs, The Hill School originally was known as the “Family Boarding School” and housed in an elegant estate formerly owned by Pottstown's N.P. Hobart. It was the first school in the country where students lived with teachers in faculty homes. By 1911, the School had grown from an institution with two teachers and 20 boys to a school of 40 masters and 375 young men. In 1998, after 147 years of educating only boys, The Hill welcomed its first coed . . . — Map (db m23301) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The Old Brick ChurchHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
Pottstown's oldest church was built in 1796 on the corner of Hanover and Chestnut Streets on ground given by John Potts. The building was erected by two congregations, the Lutheran and the Reformed, and was also known as the Union Church when both congregations worshipped there. Prior to 1796, these two congregations worshipped alternately in the old log church which stood on the present sie of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The actual cost of the building exceeded the “ruff . . . — Map (db m23193) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The PECO BuildingHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
On February 19, 1889, the Pottstown Light, Heat & Power Co., located on Queen St. west of Penn St., along the railroad tracks, brought electricity to Pottstown. That night, High St. was illuminated by a series of 2000 candlepower arc lights. The first private lamp was installed in the clothing store of A. Weitzenkorn & Sons at 145 High St. Local operation of the power plant continued until the Pottstown Light, Heat & Power Co. transferred its stock to the Philadelphia Suburban Gas & Electric . . . — Map (db m23817) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The Potts Family Burial GroundHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
From our earliest times, the cemeteries of Pottstown have been for the most part associated with churches. The original Sprogell burying ground was an exception, as was that of the Potts, Rutter and Hobart families (although this cemetery was in a sense a “church yard” of the Friends' Meeting House which once stood next to it). Part of John Potts' plans for Pottstown included promoting the community's religious needs; and to that end he donated the land to the Society of Friends, . . . — Map (db m23851) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The Pottstown NewsHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
In 1887, P. Elwood Baum purchased the newspaper that would eventually become the present day Mercury. At that time, Baum renamed The Chronicle, located at 18 1/2 N. Hanover St., The Pottstown Daily News. After Baum's death in 1892, Thomas Taylor took over the paper and in 1896, built The News Building at 17 N. Hanover directly across the street, where the paper would remain until 1926. In 1913, William L. Binder, president and general manager, renamed the paper one last . . . — Map (db m23204) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The Security Trust BuildingHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
The stone dwelling that originally stood on this ground was built in 1770 by a member of the Potts family. In 1842, Jonas Smith bought it from one of its subsequent owners and opened a store. In 1886, the Security and Iron Banks purchased the property for $27,000 from the estate of the Hartranft Bros. who had become partners in the store in 1847 (Jonas Smith having retired in 1855). Construction of the bank building was begun in mid 1887. Jacob Fegely supervised the project with E.F. . . . — Map (db m23141) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — The Shuler House
Of the inns that were established in Pottstown in Colonial times that survived until Civil War days, The Farmer's Hotel (fondly remembered by local residents as The Shuler House) proved to be the most enduring. Built in the 1700's, the inn's original name is lost in history. In 1826, Joshua Missimer, a new owner, named it The Farmer's Hotel. It served as a stagecoach stop until 1842 when the railroad arrived. William Shuler, Jr. purchased the inn in 1874 for $25,000, changed the name to The . . . — Map (db m23144) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Pottstown — Weitzenkorn's ClothiersHistoric Pottstown Walking Tour
Abraham Weitzenkorn was born in Leitmar, Germany. He came to America at the age of 17, settled in Pottstown, and began his trade as a peddler. A favorite of his patrons, he prospered and in 1864 started a business at 108 S. Hanover St. Keep in mind that this was at the time that Abraham Lincoln was President. Abraham eventually purchased 143 and 145 High St., and in 1877 built a new store. As an interesting sidenote, the first private electric lamp in Pottstown was installed in Abraham's store . . . — Map (db m23861) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Rockledge — Fox Chase and Rockledge World War Memorial
In honor of the men and women of Fox Chase who served their country and humanity in the World War April 6, 1917 - Nov. 11, 1918 These memorials were erected by the citizens of Fox Chase and Rockledge under the auspices of the Fox Chase Branch of the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Nov. 11, 1921 Roll of Honor Greater Love Hath No Man Than This Corporal John Laudenslager Chateau Thierry - July 16, 1918 Private Francis J. Pfeifer Ellis Island - June . . . — Map (db m22443) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Rockledge — George Washington
First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen. As a warrior, her served refusing pay and led in the achievement of our independence. As a statesman and lawgiver, his guiding wisdom assisted in framing the fundamental law. As the first president of the United States, he governed with firmness and moderation. As a patriot, he bequeathed his bright example and earnest counsel and immortal legacy to his country. As a man, his character stood supreme in its . . . — Map (db m70699) HM WM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Rockledge — Gilbert Motier DeLafayetteBenefactor of Two Hemispheres — Born a Noble of France
He served as citizen soldier of American liberty, the cherished friend of Washington - by whose side he fought and bled, in defence of a great principle that the only legitimate government is that which derives its authority from the governed. A patriot, fearless and firm in days of terror. A man of unchanging integrity under changing dynasties. The constant supporter of constitutional freedom. Like Washington - he died in voluntary retirement, leaving a name that belongs to history, . . . — Map (db m70694) HM WM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Rockledge — Veterans Memorial
This Flag Memorial is dedicated to the memory of United States Veterans of all wars at rest in Mount Peace Cemetery Lawnview Cemetery Lawnview Memorial Park Pine Grove Memorial Park and those formerly interred in Monument Cemetery (1824-1956) Odd Fellows Cemetery (1848-1950) ——————— They served that liberty and justice may be preserved Dedicated June 16, 1973 — Map (db m70690) WM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Rockledge — World War II Honor Roll1941 - 1945
[Honor Roll of Rockledge Veterans] Greater Love Hath No Man Than This [Roll of Honored Dead] John Bernhardt • Francis J. Gillespie, Jr. William Allen Keightly • Charles W. Lutz George Reimenschneider Harold Lester Wood — Map (db m70716) WM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Schwenksville — Pennypacker's Mill and Mansion
Washington's headquarters, September, October, 1777. Last home of Samuel W. Pennypacker, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1903-1907. He died here on September 2, 1916. — Map (db m21492) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Schwenksville — Washington's Headquarters
At the house of Samuel Pennypacker, 377 yards northeast of this stone. This stone marks the camp of Washington's Army, Pennypacker's Mills, Sept. 26-29, Oct. 5-8, 1777. Historical Society of Montgomery Co., Pa. Oct. 8, 1897. — Map (db m21493) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Trappe — Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg
Member, US House of Representatives from 1789-97. A Federalist, he was its first Speaker and first signer of the Bill of Rights. Ordained a Lutheran minister in 1770, he served as a pastor for nine years. He represented Pa. at the Continental Congress from 1779-80, and became Speaker of the State General Assembly from 1780-83. He presided at the State Convention to ratify the US Constitution in 1787. Muhlenberg resided here, 1781-91. — Map (db m21481) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Trappe — Keystone Grange #2 Old Lodge Hall
Erected - circa 1849 by Providence Lodge No. 345 I.O.O.F. 1865 Warren Lodge No. 310 F.&A.M. 1865-1913 Keystone Grange No. 2 P. of H. 1913 Organized March 20, 1873 in Upper-Providence Twp, Penna. 2nd Grange to be organized in Pennsylvania Building purchased by Keystone Grange No. 2 April 7, 1913 — Map (db m21471) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Trappe — Muhlenberg House
In this house Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, great Lutheran leader, lived from 1776 until his death in 1787. His son Peter Muhlenberg, a noted general of the American Revolution, lived here 1783-1802. — Map (db m21472) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Trappe — Reformed Church at Providence / Site of Stone Church 1835-1874
Reformed Church at Providence First Communication in John Herpel Barn Nov. 5, 1742 East Seventh Avenue First Log Church Erected in Cemetery - 1747 The Rev. John Philip Boehm First Pastor Site of Stone Church 1835-1874 Memorial Stone Erected by Heritage Fellowship St. Luke's United Church of Christ - 1998 — Map (db m21483) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Trooper — Rittenhouse Farm
David Rittenhouse, colonial scientist, astronomer, and instrument maker, lived on a nearby farm, where he built a telescope, said to be first made in America, and observed the transit of Venus in 1769. — Map (db m21484) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Valley Forge — Loyal Patriots of Valley Forge
In Honor of All Loyal Patriots Who Served under the Command of General George Washington In the Winter Encampment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania December 19, 1777 - June 19, 1778 and in Honor of Donald G. Cronan, Founder of the Society — Map (db m22167) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Valley Forge — National Patriots Bell Tower(Formerly known as the Valley Forge Memorial Bell Tower)
This tower is dedicated by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to those Patriots of the Revolutionary War whose faith and courage won and established American Freedom and to those Heroes of World Wars I and II who defended and preserved that blessed heritage. — Map (db m22158) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Valley Forge — Waterman's Monument
This 50 foot granite obelisk was erected in 1901 by the Daughters of the Revolution. It marks the site of the only identified grave at Valley Forge, that of Lieutenant John Waterman of Rhode Island, who died on April 23, 1778. — Map (db m22169) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Willow Grove — Memorial Hall, 1925
In 1922, land on this site was purchased from the Willow Grove Park for construction of a community Memorial Hall to commemorate the lives and service of local veterans of World War I. Citizens formed various committees to raise funds for the project. One highly successful effort by the Women's Committee was the “Memorial Hall Cookbook” containing hundreds of recipes and advertisements. Completed in 1925, the American Legion Post 308 and Women's Auxiliary were given permanent . . . — Map (db m22322) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Willow Grove — The Fountain House Inn, 1717
The Fountain House Inn, which took its name from the ample supply of water flowing from its nearby spring, was built in 1717 at this location. The Inn's site was strategic to the distance a team of horses could travel in a day. Exactly fourteen miles from Philadelphia, the Inn provided food and rest for weary travelers and their teams. By the standards of the time, it was considered a huge structure. Originally it had eight rooms to accommodate travelers, but was later enlarged to eighteen . . . — Map (db m22337) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Willow Grove — The Manor House, ca. 1719
On this site stood the first house in the Willow Grove area. Jacob Dubree and his son James purchased 250 acres of land from land speculators, who obtained the land from the heirs of Dr. Nicholas More. Dr. More's land grant from William Penn was known as the Manor of Moreland. The two-story stone house stood on a slight rise, overlooking a swampy meadow and the Old York Road, laid out in the year 1711 along the Lenni Lenape trail to New York. The Manor House was a perfect example of . . . — Map (db m22334) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Willow Grove — The Red Lion Inn, 1776
The Inn began as a tavern in 1762, called “The Wagon”, located across Easton Road at the point created by York and Easton Roads. It was a large stone structure of two and a half stories containing 23 rooms. In 1768, the proprietor, John Paul, advertised it for sale along with 102 acres of land, indicating: “stabling for a hundred horses, the best tavern between the Rising Sun (Philadelphia) and Coryell's Ferry (New Hope).” The Inn is described as having a 44 foot front, . . . — Map (db m22822) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Willow Grove — Willow Grove United Methodist Church, 1889
This is the oldest church in Upper Moreland Township. It was organized by George W. Quigley and David Cherry, who in 1887 along with other residents, decided to revive interest in weekly prayer meetings that had been in operation some years before. In 1888, they organized regular Sabbath School sessions. The Local Preachers Association of Philadelphia aided the group by providing ministers, and the group's first service was held on May 20, 1888 in the old Farmer's Cooperative Creamery Hall on . . . — Map (db m22331) HM
Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Wyncote — Cyrus H. K. Curtis
Founder of Curtis Publishing Co., which published The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' Home Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Curtis came to Philadelphia for 1876 Centennial and remained. Lived near here at Lyndon, his home from 1891–1933. Only Curtis Hall (1903), the home’s music room, remains. The grounds, designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, form Curtis Arboretum, later acquired by Cheltenham Township for public use. — Map (db m21462) HM
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