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Summer Saturday openings at Paper Mill House

August 19 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm

In 1860, Newtown Township was largely a farming community, full of Quaker descendants of Welsh Quakers who bought their original farms from William Penn and moved here in the late 1600’s.  The census for that year shows 841 people in Newtown, most living on farms spread out throughout the township.  But in one small corner of the Township, the census taker found a veritable beehive of activity:  more than 100 men, women and children living along the banks of the Darby Creek, skilled weavers and crafts people, many recent immigrants from England and Ireland, working at several textile mills turning the wool from local sheep in woolen blankets and other goods that were sent throughout the country.

Today, those mills are ruins along the creek, but one of the mill workers homes, and a museum of local history, including a period 1850’s general store, can still be found along the banks of the Darby Creek in Newtown. The Museum is open to the public each Saturday in July and August from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please take advantage of this opportunity to tour the museum and walk in the steps of those early millworkers.

GPS: 1 Paper Mill Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073; park in lot across stream from House and cross footbridge and up to front door of Paper Mill House.


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Date:
August 19
Time:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm