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.
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.
Jenna Miele's video is a nice overview of the Historical Society.
2015 Holiday House Tour
WHEN: Sunday December 06, 2015 1 PM - 4 PM
$20 / ticket for member*
$25 / ticket for non member (become a member now and enjoy immediate discount)
Haverford Township Historical Society is proud to showcase some of the Township's most beautiful and historic homes in a House Tour this holiday season.
8th Annual Holiday House Tour - Sunday December 6th from 1 PM - 4 PM.
$20 members | $25 non members
Cash or Check (payable to "HTHS")
Please call Terri Dougherty @ 610-449-1571 with questions
How to purchase tickets:
For PAYPAL/PREPAID tickets
Use the links below and print out receipt and bring with you the day of the tour to either of the Tour Start locations (below)
For CASH/CHECK tickets
Arrive at either of the Tour Start locations (below) the day of the tour. Pay in cash or by check here.
The Tour Start locations are either:
- Nitre Hall, Havertown
- 500 E. Manoa Road, Havertown
*Discounted Member Tickets
Ticket is $25 (plus paypal fee of $1.10):
Current member discounted ticket is $20 (plus paypal fee of $1.05):
2015 Fall Meeting
“Railways in Haverford Township”
Wednesday, October 21 7:00 PM
@ Haverford Twp. Free Library
The Haverford Township Historical Society and the Haverford Township Free Library are teaming up again to host an evening of ”visual history” entertainment at 7 PM, October 21, 2015 at the Library (Mill Road and Darby Road, Havertown). HTHS history researcher, Rich Kerr, will be presenting “Railways In Haverford Township.” Included will be the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad (part of Pennsylvania’s early “Main Line of Public Works”), the later Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) main line, the PRR Newtown Square Branch, the Philadelphia and West Chester Traction Company (“Red Arrow”) trolley lines to West Chester and Ardmore, the Philadelphia and Western Railway line to Strafford and Norristown, and the never-built PRR Darby Creek Low Grade Line. Don’t miss a delightful trip back into our community history!
HTHS FALL Meeting
Wednesday, October 21 6:30 PM
@ Haverford Twp. Free Library
Haverford Township Historical Society members are encouraged to attend our Annual Fall Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM, downstairs at the Haverford Township Free Library.
The meeting is being held ahead of the 7 PM public presentation of “Railways In Haverford Township.” The meeting will include brief news and reports on Historical Society activities as well as a “members only” showing of Jenna Miele’s video on historic buildings, programs, and collections of the Haverford Township Historical Society. Please join us!
2015 Annual Meeting
Historical Society Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30pm, Haverford Free Library - Community Room
The annual meeting of the Haverford Township Historical Society begins with a brief business meeting and board member elections. After the meeting our guest speaker, Keith Lockhart, will take the floor.
Haverford Township Historical Society members should plan to attend our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM, downstairs at the Haverford Township Free Library. The meeting is being held ahead of the 7 PM public presentation of “Haverford History as Seen in Old Postcards.” The meeting will include brief reports on Historical Society activities and the election of board members. Refreshments will follow. Members as well as guests are welcome to attend. This event is open to the public! Please come and see what the Historical Society is about! Please join us!
Hidden Collections Initiative
Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
In April 2014, The Haverford Township Historical Society participated in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR). " The goal of the HCI-PSAR project is to make better known and more accessible the important but often "hidden" archival collections in the many small historical repositories in the Philadelphia region."
The HTHS archival collections descriptions have been added to the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) finding aid site, http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/index.html .
HTHS is also included in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's History Affiliates Organization Directory, http://hsp.org/history-affiliates/resources/affiliate-organization-directory-0, which is an online directory of small and mid-sized history and heritage organizations in the Philadelphia area.