Pottstown in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Elks Home
Historic Pottstown Walking Tour
Dr. George Van Buskirk practiced medicine locally prior to the 1840's, with his son William A. following in his footsteps in 1846. William was an accomplished practitioner and much sought after. He and his wife Sarah lived in the mansion. William died in 1874 at the age of forty-nine; and in 1887, his widow sold the property to Jacob Fegely for $10,000. Jacob started in the coal business and later in hardware across High Street from this property. He was also president of the Iron Bank and owner of the Merchant's Hotel.
In June of 1887, while he and his son Calvin were demolishing the Van Buskirk Mansion, they uncovered three stove plates dating from 1863 with Colebrookdale Furnace on them. Construction of the new mansion at 61 High Street was completed by 1888. After
On November 26, 1902, at 8:00 pm., No. 814, Fraternal Order of Elks was instituted in the Odd Fellows Hall with thirty-six members. The first exalted ruler was A.H. Hendricks. The Elks first met at the Taylor Building at 254 High Street.
—David R. Kerns
Erected 2002 by Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Science & Medicine. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1887.
Location. 40° 14.775′ N, 75° 39.19′ W. Marker is in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on High Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is about 100 feet west of intersection with York Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 61 E High Street, Pottstown PA 19464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Iron Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shuler House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reading Passenger Station (about 600 feet away); Weitzenkorn's Clothiers (about 600 The Security Trust Building (about 600 feet away); Pottstown Brewing Co. (about 700 feet away); The Pottstown News (about 800 feet away); St. Clair Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottstown.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 915 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.