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





In Memoriam

The Society is sad to learn of the passing on August 8, 2015 of Jeanne M. Oglesby who was a long time volunteer and Board Member.  She was also active in other local organizations and her church.  She will be missed by the Society and our community.  Her funeral was held on August 15, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Phoenixville, PA.  Her internment was at the Morris Cemetery in Phoenixville. 

Next Meeting

Our next quarterly meeting will be our annual meeting & banquet, which will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015, starting at 1 pm.  It will be held at Chadwick's Restaurant & Bar, 2750 Egypt Road, Audubon, PA  19403.  Our guest speaker will be Bob Gleason from the American Historical Theatre appearing as author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark Twain.

Special Exhibit 

The current special exhibit  called "Etruscan Majolica: Phoenixville's Victorian Art" opened on the First Friday in April 2015 and will run through August of 2015.  The exciting exhibit is about the beautiful and famous majolica that was made in Phoenixville from 1867 to 1902.  The Society has over 300 pieces of majolica.


Next Special Exhibit 

The next Special Exhibit called Barn and Vine: The Lost Path to Rural Phoenixville will open on the First Friday in September 2015.  It will feature antiques and artifacts and the photography of Tara Tayan.    She captures on film the rural and forgotten places of Phoenixville, tracing the beginning of the farming community in Phoenixville, and those places that are still naturally wild or have become wild over time.  The photography highlights places rarely seen or lost to collective memory. 

Other Local Events

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm, the Schuylkill River Heritage Center will host a presentation at the Foundry Building by archaeologist Kimberly Morrell.  She will share the story of the unique industrial discoveries and artifacts recently found during her work on a special project being conducted near I-95 along the Delaware River.






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Majolica Talk at 7 PM







Canal Walk




Members Only Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm. A walk of the Canal and PICTA Trail.   A special event where we will journey by foot around some of the hidden gems on Phoenixville's Phoenix Iron Canal and Schuylkill River with tour guide Paul Kusko.  Learn about Black Rock Dam, French Creek Delta, Chester County Canal, and much more!  We will meet at the Customers Bank Parking Lot behind Bridge Street.  Bring your hiking boots! 

Please call HSPA to RSVP:  610-935-7646.

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's hours on First Fridays is also from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Please note that the research library is not open on First 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.


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.


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 & 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. 


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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