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.
2014 Fall Meeting
Historical Society General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 16, 7:30pm, Grange Estate
The Fall general membership meeting of the Haverford Township Historical Society begins with a brief business meeting. After the meeting our guest speaker, Laurie A. Rofini, will take the floor. Refreshments will follow. Members, as well as guests, are welcome and encoraged to attend. This event is open to the public! Please come and see what the Historical Society is about!
This presentation will reveal how John Dolby and others like him ended up in the “loathsome” jail of Chester County, whether their imprisonment was caused by debt, misfortune, or crime. It will also explore the lives of the working poor who, even if they managed to avoid debtors’ prison, may have ended up on assistance or in the poorhouse. The talk will include people from Haverford and other townships that became Delaware County in 1789.
Chester County Archives and Records Services, which is administered for the County of Chester by the Chester County Historical Society, preserves and makes available the historic government records of Chester County, including the early records for the areas that became Lancaster and Delaware Counties. For more information on the Archives, please visit www.chesco.org/archives.
Laurie A. Rofini holds an MSLIS from Drexel University and an MA and BA in History from West Chester University. She has been on the staff of Chester County Archives and Records Services since 1982, serving as Director since 2002.
Ticket is $25 (plus paypal fee of $1.10:
current member discounted ticket is $20 (plus paypal fee of $1.05):
Native Peoples In The Haverford Area
Native Peoples in the Haverford Area
First documented humans in our region
Learn more about the Lenni Lenape people who roamed Haverford Township long before explorers and settlers arrived across the ocean from England and Europe. Read about their interactions with William Penn, and their ultimate fate.