Horsham in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—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.
Erected by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 40° 13.112′ N, 75° 9.027′ W. Marker is in Horsham, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on West County Line Road just east of Keith Valley Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 859 W County Line Road, Horsham PA 19044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Horsham Township (approx. 2.6 miles away); Horsham Friends Meeting Meeting House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Log College (approx. 2.7 miles away); John Fitch's Steamboat (was approx. 2.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ); John Kulick and Tristan Smith (approx. 3 miles away); Independence Hall Stones (approx. 3 miles away); 9/11 NYC Emergency Responders' Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Cross Roads (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Horsham.
Also see . . . State Park around Keith House. (Submitted on July 11, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
1. History of Keith House
The construction of the house was begun around 1722 for Provincial Governor of Pennsylvania, Sir William Keith. The house was originally called “Fountain Low” referring to the properties many natural springs, the property served as a summer residence and contained not only the large stone mansion but also a “long house” for the servants, a barn, a malt house and several smaller out buildings on more than 1,700 acres.
Following a conflict with the Penn family, Keith was removed as Pennsylvania’s Provincial Governor. He traveled back to England hoping to secure another position, but he died there before he was able to raise enough money to return to the colonies or to finance his family's passage to England.
— Submitted July 11, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Persons • Politics • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.