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Rising Sun Inn property records


Held at: Wissahickon Valley Historical Society [Contact Us]Whitpain Public School 1895 Building, 799 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, 19422

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In 1764, Abraham Wentz built a public house on Skippack Pike in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Rising Sun Inn was a wayside tavern for over a century before being converted to a private residence in 1867.

The Rising Sun Inn was a tavern frequented by travelers, but it was also a public space utilized by the community. It was a place for political discussion, and in 1788 served as the location of a Whitpain Township meeting to select nominees for local elections. It earned the nickname "wheat market" because millers and farmers met there to buy and sell their products.

The red-brick Georgian Colonial is the oldest brick house in Montgomery County. The Wentz family owned the property until 1888, after which it was owned by a succession of homeowners. In 1985, the company was purchased by a developer, who finished turning it into the "Rising Sun Office Center" in 1991.


Trea, Robert E. "Offices in Blue Bell Once Served as a Tavern." Montgomery Newspapers. December 4, 1991. Real Estate section, page C1.

These documents pertaining to the Wentz Tavern property were collected by Richard T. Claus, president of Delmarva Inc. Chemicals, which was the first corporate tenant to occupy the Rising Sun Office Center. The collection includes: 9 original deeds (1812-1993), restoration plans and information including paint chip analysis, historic survey and title search documents, building surveys with photographs, and building and floor plans.

Gift of Richard T. Claus, 1999, to the Historical Society of Whitpain. The Historical Society of Whitpain and its collections and property were merged into the Wissahickon Valley Historical Society as of January 1, 2015.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza 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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