South Main Street, Cullen House, c. 1920.


Trolley Incline on Nutt Road, early 1900s.


Vanderslice Carriage & Horse Shoeing at Church & Bridge Streets, c. 1900.


Wilson's Corner, c. 1900.


166 Bridge Street, late 1800s.


Borough Hall, c. 1940s.


Phoenixville Hospital, c. 1900.


Black Rock train tunnel, c. 1890s.


Farmers & Mechanics Bank, c. 1915.


Heine Boiler delivery to Silk Mill, Franklin Street, c. 1908.


First Gay Street Bridge, c. 1902.


Aerial view of Reeves Estate, c. 1938.

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area

204 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

hspa@verizon.net   610-935-7646

www.hspa-pa.org   or   www.phoenixvillehistoricalsociety.org

 

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING

Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust Conference Center, 564 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA  19460, starting at 7:30 pm. Our speaker will be Edward W. Duffy who published a book in 2013 titled Phladelphia A Railroad History.

Mr. Duffy is a graduate of La Salle and Temple Universities. He is a former U. S. Army officer. He has worked for the Phila. Department of Commerce, its Planning Commission, its Port Corporation, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. His interest in railroads dates from his role as a liaison between the City of Philadelphia and various rail reorganization agencies in the early 1970s that resulted in the creation of Conrail in 1976.

Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Please click here to view a list of past Society speakers.  

SPECIAL EXHIBIT 

The current Special Exhibit called "The Town That Heals: A History of the Places and People in Medicine in Phoenixville" opened on the First Friday in December and will run through March of 2016. 


 

NEXT SPECIAL EXHIBIT 

The next Special Exhibit entitled "Writing Our Lives: Diaries, Memoirs and Letters" will open on Friday, April 1, 2016, with a special opening from 6 to 9 pm that evening.

This new exhibit will feature diaries and letters of Phoenxiville residents, some fondly remembered, and some lost to time.  Also included will be artifacts owned by some of the writers and items that reflect certain time periods.  The extensive travel diaries of Esther Legget will be featured, which have been painstakingly transcribed from her fancy script, and tell the story of a local woman who traveled to the far reaches of the Earth at the turn of the last century. This exhibit will be a window into the lives of long lost Phoenixville relations and neighbors, who walked the same streets and left the written word to spell out their legacy.

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Museum Hours 

The Museum is free and open all year to the public (except on holidays or when the Phoenixville schools are closed for inclement weather) on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 am and 3 pm and the first Sunday of each month between 1 pm and 4 pm. The Society can also be open by special appointment. 

The Society's hours on First Fridays in Phoenixville from April through November as well as the first Friday of December through March is also from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Please note that the research library is not open on Friday evenings. 

The entrance to the Museum is on Church Street and is handicap accessible.

 

Museum Information 

Please click here to link to a page in this web site about our Museum.  The Society has information about local genealogy, history, old local newspapers on microfilm and CDs, information as well as an extensive collection of old photographs of Phoenix Iron Co., old buildings and homes, people, and Phoenixville, yearbooks from Phoenixville High School, many historical artifacts, a Phoenix Steel Column, and over 300 pieces of Etruscan Majolica. 

The Museum has an interesting collection on display of Griffen, Smith & Hill Etruscan Majolica.  Etruscan Majolica was made in Phoenixville from 1879 to 1890 when a fire destroyed the plant.

Meetings  

Our quarterly meetings are held in March, June, September, and December on a Wednesday evening starting at 7:30 pm.  Our annual dinner meeting is held in September.  All meetings are free and open to Society members and their friends as well as to the general public.  We have guest speakers at our meetings.  Lite refreshments are served after the quarterly meetings. 

Please click here to view a list of past Society speakers.

Newsletters 

Our newsletter is published quarterly and contains articles of local historical interest as well as news of the Society's activities, membership, and local events.

Members of the Society

Members receive a newsletter and may conduct free research at the Society library and museum and obtain a discount on purchases of old maps, photographs, books, and historical items.  In addition, members may attend special members only events and talks.

Pictures, Postcards & Items For Sale  

The Society has for sale at reasonable prices old photos, old local maps, books about the area and history such as the Civil War, ceramic tiles with local historical drawings on them, old calendars with pictures of local buildings and scenes, and artifacts of local historical interest.  Please contact the Society for all details.

Below is a flyer about a new series of Postcards created from the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area's most iconic photos. This is the first set in a series of Postcards that will be produced annually. Postcards are priced at $1 each and $10 for a complete set of 12 Postcards. Postcards may be purchased at our bookstore or by mail. Please add $4.99 for mail purchases for shipping and handling.  

 


Charters of Freedom

Please click here to link to the National Archive's web site that contains a copy of the Declaration of Independence, the original U. S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Please click here to link to the web site of the National Archives that has a copy of all of the amendments to the U. S. Constitution that also includes the ratification date of the amendments.

 



You may follow the Society on Facebook.  Please click to link to our Facebook site.  You may also follow the Society on Twitter at hashtag @HisSocPville.  Please click to link to Phoenixville.Patch.com that is a local web site about Phoenixville news, events, meetings, and community announcements. 

 




Looking West on Bridge Street in the 1950s

 

A 1914 post card of the Phoenix Iron Co. along the French Creek.

 

A 1960s aerial photo of Phoenixville, PA

 

A 2012 photo of a gear from Phoenix Steel Co. near the Foundry Building.  The bridge in the background is over the French Creek.  It is made with Phoenix Columns.

 

A 2012 photo of the French Creek and Dam near the Foundry Building.


 

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