Haverford Township Historical Society

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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.


2022 Nitre Hall Open Houses

Be sure to come visit us at Nitre Hall in the historic Powder Mill Valley this summer during one of our Sunday open house dates, when Karakung Drive is closed to automotive traffic. We may possibly add a bonus Saturday date, when the road is open to traffic. Admission is FREE, with docent-led tours of the historic house of Nitre Hall Powder Works co-owner and powder master William Rogers. Check our Upcoming Event Calendar (bottom of page) and plan to stop by and say “Hi!”


Haverford Heritage Festival

We hope you enjoyed our 14th Heritage Festival on June 5, 2022! Plan now to attend the 2023 edition on the first Sunday in June.

HTHS in Brief

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 documents, artifacts and information of historic value pertaining to Haverford Township, the Society has played a critical role in preserving our local history.

The Historical Society saved, moved, rebuilt and furnished the Lawrence Cabin (ca. 1690), now located on Karakung Drive in Powder Mill Valley Park, and entered into a formal agreement with Haverford Township to also occupy, furnish, look after and run public programs at Nitre Hall (ca. 1810) and the Federal School (1797). In these historic sites, we have created award-winning educational programs staffed by Society volunteers. Visitors can also enjoy these local treasures during open houses, special events and by prior appointment.