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Historic Langhorne Association local history collection


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 various materials relating to local history topics in or around Langhorne, Pennsylvania, including families, individuals, businesses, organizations, and property. It includes four series: subject files, small collections, oral histories, and oversize materials.

The subject files series makes up about half of the collection. It contains a significant amount of primary source materials, with a few newspaper clippings and secondary source materials. It is arranged alphabetically by subject.

The small collections series consists of numerous collections under 1 linear foot. Most of these collections were cataloged in the 1986 volume, Guide to the Manuscript Collections of Five Historical Organizations in Bucks County, compiled by Kristin Gleeson. Some of the small collections of special interest include: about 100 deeds from Langhorne and nearby areas, 1733 to the 20th century; a collection of programs, reports, and histories relating to the Middleton Friends Monthly Meeting and other Quaker Meetings, 1818-1983; teachers' reports from schools in the Middletown Township school district, 1869-1921; voting and military duty registers, 1920-1927; and the Search, Cliff, and White families collection, 1857-1911, that includes materials relating to George H. Cliff, principal of Girls Normal School and committee chairman of William Penn High School for Girls. Note that there are some materials in the subject files that relate to particular small collections.

The oral histories series contains fewer than one dozen CDs of recorded audio from oral histories conducted with older Langhorne residents and from past Historic Langhorne Association meetings. A list of the CD labels is given below:

Mrs. Covington, Miss Ann Vaughn, 2/24/75

John Wood interviewing Joe Hamilton on his 100 birthday in 1972

Walt Jacobs, AME [African Methodist Episcopal] Church History, 5/19/80

Walter Jacobs at Historic Langhorne Association meetings 2/25/02

Langhorne ""As I remember It"": Mrs. Ira Savage, Mabel Clark, Mary Cote, Clem Mather, Fred Scheese, John Beiler, moderator Steve Vibber (1/27/75, 2 CDs)

Jane W.T. Brewy Lecture, 9/22/75 (2 cads)

Langhorne ""As I remember it"": Jane W.T. Brey, A.P Townsend, Mrs. Harry Ridge (5/6/76, 2 cads)

Old Langhorne Symposium 5/22/72: William Thomas, Paul Townsend, Gladys McCloy, Mrs. Earl Clark, parts 1 and 2

The oversize materials include a variety of materials, mostly maps, drawings, posters, broadsides, and family certificates (such as diplomas and marriage certificates). Langhorne Improvement Company photographs, blueprints, and drawings make up part of the collection. An inventory is provided below:

Drawer 1 -- Langhorne Improvement Company

Langhorne Improvement Company Langhorne manner plan 1923

blueprints of 1909 renovations Townsend building

Pine-Watson center proposed (1968) Candy florist

pictures taken by Joe Holland 1938-1941

pictures taken by Joe Holland 1938-1940

pictures taken by Joe Holland Washington D.C. class trip LMHS April 1940

HLA poster

High school diploma 1916

House Blueprints

Drawer 3

Langhorne schools grade book 1914-1937

Certificate of Washington Crossing Commission 1947

Record of exhibition DRILU and Concert

Certificate of Loan 1861-1871

Langhorne standard ledger

Exemptions from military service 1800,1801,1802,1804,1805

Teacher’s monthly reports Langhorne high school 1919-1921

Diploma J.B. Tomlinson 1902

Diploma Hanna Hibbs 1922

Diploma Anna Mary Fabian 1913

Various sign and Notices

Drawer 4

Handicap entrance plans

Attleborough fire company constitution 1843

receipt book from Robert Nelson and William Nelson 1838- 1871

Book of stamps donated by the United States Post Office from 1986 for the use of the associations official seal

Langhorne Golf and Country Club Menu from 1986

The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks Calendar 2000

The Colonial journal

Teachers certificate from Philadelphia Musical Academy 1915

Drawer 5 -- Posters

1888 newspapers

Ohio Farmers Insurance Company poster

Helen Heed's Juvenile Revue poster 1937

Donation Party Dance poster 1921

The Star 1890

Langhorne Standard newspaper July 15, 1885

Four Lanes End Garden Club 47th Annual Holiday House Tour and Tea

2006/ 2009 Langhorne Council for the Arts "Fabric of Life in Langhorne" Community Quilt/ Four Lanes End Garden Club 51 Annual Holiday House Tour and Tea

Drawer 6

Topographical maps

1774 Newtown Bristol Rd.

1860 Xerox Attenborough maps

Plans for Langhorne Station improvements

Plans for the back entrance to library

Eastburn estates

Maps from Langhorne borough 1891

3 topographical maps (1966, 1973, 1993)

6 aerial photographs (1938, 1950, 1964, 1978, 1989, 1991)

Lower Makefield township historical map 1798

Topographical map Bensalem 1901

Old maps of Langhorne

Map of Washington Village

Miscellaneous Attleborough maps

Attleborough maps Xerox (1783, 1819, 1860, 1876, 1888)

William Penn Esquire maps

January 1, 1784 Attleborough Washington Village Collison's land

Zoning maps 1970- Falls township Hulmeville borough Langhorne borough Langhorne Manor borough Middletown township Penndel borough

Drawer 7

Map of Langhorne

Morris map 1850

1701-1702 Heaton steakhouse Growden Langhorne Propertic

1703 Heaton Langhorne Growden and others

1893 Joseph Eastburn Estate

1909 Playwicky Indian town/Northampton

Materials donated to or collected by Historic Langhorne Association at various times.

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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