Haverford Township Historical Society

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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.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendar

  • Sunday, June 4: Annual HTHS Haverford Heritage Festival along Karakung Drive in the historic Powder Mill Valley. This is our big event of the year! Entry donation requested.

  • Nitre Hall Open Houses: Nitre Hall, the ca. 1810 home of gunpowder master William Rogers, will be open for FREE guided tours between 10am and 1pm on the last Sunday of each month through the summer and early fall. Sundays are car-free days on Karakung Drive through historic Powder Mill Valley, so please walk, jog or cycle in from Manoa Road or the Beechwood bridge. The Open House dates for 2023 are June 4 (along with Lawrence Cabin during the Haverford Heritage Festival), June 25, July 30, August 27 and September 24.

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 (between 1690 and 1710), 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.

Please explore this website to see and learn more of what we do!