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Millbrook Society photograph collection


Held at: Millbrook Society [Contact Us]32 North York Road, P.O. Box 506, Hatboro, PA, 19040

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Millbrook Society. 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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In 1715, the Crooked Billet Inn was built by John Dawson in what is now known as Hatboro Township. It was a farming village that boasted one of the first rural libraries in Pennsylvania, the Union Library Company. The town put great emphasis on education and built the Loller Academy in 1811. Originally a private school, it became the public school for the village in 1848. As of 2011, the building still stands and is currently used as Borough Administrative Offices and Montgomery County District Court.

Hatboro is also known for its role in the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Crooked Billett took place there in 1778 while Philadelphia was occupied by the British. "The militia, commanded by General John Lacey and assigned to cut off British supplies, was encamped here. Surprised by British troops, they were defeated and driven off with heavy losses."


Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce. "Hatboro History." Accessed October 24, 2011.

This Millbrook Society photograph collection is comprised of photographs taken and collected by the Millbrook Society. The bulk of the photographs are organized into binders by township. There are some photographs of local Hatboro organizations, circa 1890-1960. The collection includes 2 binders of negatives and one of postcards, as well as numerous unidentified 1.5" slides. A highlight of the collection is 15 daguerreotypes, mostly unlabeled, which are in good condition.

Photographs donated to, purchased, and taken by the Millbrook Society from various sources.

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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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