Sunday, March 17, 2013
Palmer Township resident Ed Dean is showcasing a collection of old photos.
Palmer Township's website is offering a new feature: A look into the past. Township resident Ed Deanis showcasing his collection of old photos showcasing Palmer Township's history. The 38 photos that are posted in a slideshow feature shots of the Palmer Fire Company in 1955, the Seipsville Hotel in 1941, the Rau Farm in 1968 and how streets and neighborhoods looked back in the day. The slideshow will automatically advance or you can click on the thumbnails to look at individual pictures.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Forks Township Historian Karl Miller gives presentation to Business and Commerce Association of Forks Township.
OK, a show of hands. How many of you know your Forks Township history? Karl Miller does. The president of the Forks Township Historical Society gave a presentation at Tuesday's Business and Commerce Association luncheon. It all started with the chief of a Native American tribe during the French and Indian War. He wanted to speak with Pennsylvania representatives. "Meet me at the Forks of the Delaware," Miller said the chief requested. The "Forks" was where the Delaware and Lehigh rivers converged and it was a sacred place for Native Americans in terms of having powwows and holding treaties. Miller went on to share more historical facts. At one time, he said, Forks Township extended into Bucks County and went as far north as the Blue Ridge …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Forks Township Supervisor Bob Egolf calls for a plaque to recognize historic photo display in community center.
In the Forks Township Community Center, the township's history is on display. Captured in pictures are the works of the Forks Township Historical Society, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Well, Forks Township Supervisor Bob Egolf has wanted to give the society another reason to celebrate. He got the Board of Supervisors to approve a motion to purchase a plaque that could be posted by the pictures and would pay tribute to the hard work the historical society did in putting together the photo display. "That's a nice idea Bob," said Erik Chuss, supervisors chairman. "I was looking at the photo display in the community center and I couldn't find a plaque near the photos," Egolf said. "I thought it should say something simple …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Forks Township Board of Supervisors will decide at June 21 meeting whether to rehabilitate structure or demolish it.
Save it or demolish it? When the Forks Township Board of Supervisors gets together for its next meeting on June 21, it will choose one of those options for the house called the "Cottage in the Woods." For the past three years, this cottage at 700 Zucksville Road has sat vacant, awaiting its future after serving as the home of an Easton machine shop owner in the 1940s. Recently, the Forks Area Arts Society has sought to use it for functions. The Forks Township Historical Society also made a pitch to supervisors to use it as the organization's home base. At last week's supervisors meeting, Ellie Reismieyer, president of the Arts Society, asked for a status report about the building. "Two months ago, I asked if we could use the cottage," …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Forks Township officials consider if the "Cottage in the Woods" on Zucksville Road could become a place for artists.
They call it the "Cottage in the Woods." For the past three years, this cottage at 700 Zucksville Road has sat vacant, awaiting its future after serving as the home of an Easton machine shop owner in the 1940s. "It's a cute little old building, one of those things you remember when you were kids," said Carl Miller, president of the Forks Township Historical Society. Township officials are now trying to determine its fate. Township Supervisor David Billings said the Board of Supervisors should receive some options about what to do with the property in the next month or two. Miller said the historical society and the township's arts society are interested in using the property as either a home base, a meeting place or a location to showcase …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Forks Township officials say organization has helped preserve log cabin, merchant's wagon and other items of historic significance.
You see it the moment you walk into the lobby of the Forks Township municipal building. It's the Merchant's Wagon, built locally by Blacksmith Cyrus Graver in the late 1800s. His blacksmith shop was located at the intersection of Kesslersville Road and Sullivan Trail and the wagon's restoration was completed at Double E Carriage in Lancaster County. Forks Township officials say it's one of the crowning achievements of the Forks Township Historical Society. The Forks Township Historical Society recently celebrated its 10th anniversary as a fixture for keeping the township's history alive. "They say that where you go in the future is based on where you came from," said Carl Miller, president of the Forks Township Historical Society. Miller …
Monday, July 4, 2011
Celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues, fireworks and a brief history lesson.
Today is the Fourth of July, known in the U.S. as Independence Day, a national holiday in which we celebrate our country’s liberation. This week’s list is for the patriots, the flag-wavers, the pyromaniacs and for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of this American holiday with five little-known facts. 1. July 4 is not technically our day of independence: On the most semantic level, the 13 original colonies were legally liberated from England’s rule on July 2, 1776 in a closed session of Congress. It took the Second Continental Congress two more days to revise the most famous of American documents; July 4 was the day the Declaration of Independence was given final approval. 2. The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, …