Our Mission

The mission of the Haverford Township Historical Society is to protect, preserve and promote the history of our community and to sustain its cultural heritage for future generations through educational programs, accessible archives and site preservation.


General Information

The Haverford Township Historical Society was formed in 1939 to promote and sustain interest in the history of our community. With the specific function of preserving property, documents and information of historic value pertaining to Haverford Township, the Haverford Township Historical Society has played a critical role in local preservation efforts.

The Society saved, rebuilt and furnished the 1710 Lawrence Cabin, now located on Karakung Drive in Powder Mill Valley Park, and entered into a formal agreement with Haverford Township to reshoppe, maintain and administer Nitre Hall (1810) and the Federal School (1797). In these historic sites, award winning educational programs are designed and staffed by the Historical Society. Visitors may also enjoy these local treasures during open houses, special events and by appointment.


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Upcoming HTHS Events

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Holiday House Tour

2016 Holiday House Tour

Haverford Township Historical Society is proud to showcase (5) of the Township’s most charming and historic homes in a House Tour this holiday season. As always we will be showcasing homes spanning the 19th and 20th centuries. $20 members | $25 non members
Cash or Check (payable to “HTHS”)
Please call Terri Dougherty @ 610-449-1571 with question
Add this event to your holiday calendar. Click the “READ MORE” link for more details on this event. Read More about “2016 Holiday House Tour”

Nitre Hall

Nitre Hall

Powder Mill Valley along Cobbs Creek was for almost 200 years a center of manufacture. Early grist and saw mills were followed by fulling and dyeing mills. The Nitre Hall Powder Mills, which gave the valley its name, were built by Israel Whelen shortly after 1800. Read More about “Nitre Hall”