Willow Grove in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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 homes. In addition to several commercial establishments, the three-story brick building also contained a large banquet hall and offices for the local telephone operator's switchboard and police dispatcher.
During World War II, a wooden tower was constructed on the roof for use by civil defense aircraft spotters. Through the years after the war, the building was the focal point for community Memorial Day services and other community dedications and events. It was also the home of the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. And later, the Les Harvey Liberty Post 308 Military Band. The building was demolished in 1972 following a fire.
Erected by Upper Moreland Historical Association.
Location. 40° 8.681′ N, 75° 6.989′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Willow Grove PA 19090, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Red Lion Inn, 1776 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Manor House, ca. 1719 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fountain House Inn, 1717 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Willow Grove United Methodist Church, 1889 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Library (approx. 2 miles away); Hatboro World War I Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Abington District World War I Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Old Abington Church and Graveyard (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willow Grove.
Categories. • 20th Century • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Government • Heroes • Notable Buildings • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.