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Historic Langhorne Association house histories


Held at: Historic Langhorne Association [Contact Us]160 W. Maple Ave., Langhorne, PA, 19047

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historic Langhorne Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the borough of Langhorne is a small town whose name is used broadly to describe the majority of surrounding Middletown Township. The center of town is located at the intersection of two prominent roads, Maple and Bellevue Avenues. Once Lenni-Lenape paths, these roads run between Bristol and Durham, Pennsylvania, and between Philadelphia and Trenton, New Jersey.

Settled by Quakers beginning in 1680, the area grew as an important transportation center between Trenton and Philadelphia, becoming the stagecoach transportation hub of Bucks County. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the town, which served as a stop along the rail line, became a popular summer vacation destination for wealthy Philadelphians who constructed large homes and businesses.

Langhorne was known as Attleborough until 1876, when it was incorporated and named for Jeremiah Langhorne, an early resident of the area and former Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

This collection consists of binders and file folders with information on all of the homes in the Borough of Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The binders were created by the Historic Langhorne Association in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when association members executed deed searches in Doylestown. There is a fact sheet with a chronology and often a photograph for each house (taken circa 1975-1985). The Association has added to these binders over time, including for-sale advertisements. The binders are arranged by street. Each page has been scanned and is text-searchable on a computer available on-site.

The file folders include more information gathered on some of these homes, especially the older properties that received historic building plaques from the Historic Langhorne Association. File folders include photocopies of newspaper articles, narrative histories, and some photographs (including negative strips). The following is a list of the houses with additional information, and the date the house was built:

402 N. Bellevue Avenue - 1771

245 W. Maple Avenue - 1779

119 W. Maple Avenue - 1788

240 N. Green Street - 1788

212 Bridgetown Pike (Edgemont) - 1820

134 N. Bellevue Avenue - 1829

1743 Janey Terrace - 1837

221 N. Bellevue Avenue - 1840

217 W. Maple Avenue - 1852

320 W. Richardson Avenue - 1852

127 N. Bellevue Avenue -1856(R)

200 S. Bellevue Avenue -1871

148 W. Marshall Avenue -1881

1033 S. Bellevue Avenue - 1883

115 Hill Avenue - 1885

122 E. Marshall Avenue -1887

126 E. Marshall Avenue -1889

149 W. Richardson Avenue -1889

311 N. Bellevue Avenue -1889

161 W. Maple Avenue -1890

131 N. Pine Street -1891

378 S. Bellevue Avenue -1892

130 W. Richardson Avenue -1895

118 National Avenue -1896

124 W. Maple Avenue -1900

146 W. Richardson Avenue -1903

135 Summit Avenue -1909

325 Hulmeville Avenue - 1921

416 N. Bellevue Avenue -1924

1005 S. Bellevue Avenue -1924

1017 S. Bellevue Avenue -1924

325 Station Avenue -1954

425 W. Richardson Avenue -1972

403 Station Avenue -1925

137 Winchester Avenue -1921

E. Maple Avenue -The Sealey-Colby House

Beechwood -E. Maple Avenue

Bracegirdle House -N. Pine St. (Moved Sept. 23, 1997)

1242 Brownsville Road

Cipp Brown House -243 Flowers Avenue

The Early History of 215 E. Maple Avenue

Gilbert Hicks House

Jenks Hall -Middletown Township

Langhorne Hotel

Langhorne Manor -Langhorne Gardens Nursing Home

Langhorne-Yardley Road at Bridgetown Pike

Middletown Friends Meeting

947 Old Lincoln Highway

2147-2149 Old Lincoln Highway

Orthodox Meeting House (Post Property) 209 N. Bellevue Avenue

Joseph Richardson House

Richardson House photos

Jonathan K. Stackhouse- 139 W. Maple Avenue

Walker House- 109 W. Maple Avenue

A Reading: "Old Houses" -by J. Leon Wells

Materials collected by the Historic Langhorne Association over time.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Langhorne Association directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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