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Borough of Sharon Hill sewer rent ledgers


Held at: Sharon Hill Historical Society [Contact Us]PO Box 1191, Sharon Hill, PA, 19079

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Sharon Hill Historical 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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Sharon Hill is a community in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. "A community less than a square mile in size, Sharon Hill came into its own in the 19th century. The surroundings were mostly undeveloped until 1872, when the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad ran its rails through the area. A few homes and farms dotted the landscape, and there were two passable roads. One main thoroughfare, known earlier as the Queen's Highway and now as Chester Pike, ran through the entire length of the town. With the arrival of the railroad, a town plan was developed and Sharon Hill added a few stores and businesses to its landscape. Affluent Philadelphians built their mansions along Chester Pike, and churches and schools soon followed. In 1890, Sharon Hill was incorporated as a borough when it separated from Darby [Township]."

In Sharon Hill, as in many municipalities, every property connected to the public sewer system is required to pay an annual sewer rent for that service. Most of the sewer lines and components in Sharon Hill were constructed from 1920 to 1950. As of 2002, Sharon Hill owned 64,634 linear feet of public sewer.


Quoted text from: Clarke, Kathleen and Jean Shiber for the Sharon Hill Historical Society. Images of America: Sharon Hill. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2009.

Delaware County Planning Department. "Four Borough Comprehensive Plan: Aldan Borough, Collingdale Borough, Colwyn Borough, Sharon Hill Borough." April 2005. Section 7-23. Accessed December 20, 2013.;%20Aldan%20Borough/Four%20Borough%20Joint%20Comprehensive%20Plan.pdf.

This collection consists of about two-dozen ledgers organized chronologically by year. Entries within each ledger are chronological by date and include building owner, address, and amount paid in sewer rent.

Gift of Borough of Sharon Hill.

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 Sharon Hill Historical Society directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Sarah Leu 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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