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Ned Hector & the Battle of the Brandywine

February 1, 2023

Join the Concord Township Historical Society (CTHS) as we celebrate Black History Awareness Month 2023 by enjoying a presentation from Noah Lewis (aka Ned Hector). See the famous teamster and bombardier come to life as Mr. Lewis shares Ned’s story by using audience participation and laughter.  In the Battle of the Brandywine, Ned disregarded his […]

2022 Member Appreciation Event

January 16, 2023

On December 4, 2022, approximately 50 Concord Township Historical Society members enjoyed a lovely wine & cheese reception at the Willcox Mansion at Ivy Mills. Ivy Mills is a family owned and operated homestead in rural Pennsylvania. Dating back to 1744 and 1729 Ivy Mills was home to the second oldest paper mill built in […]

Womens Right to Vote – Virginia DeNenno

August 10, 2020

Virginia Merion DeNenno Ginny developed a passion for our local history, and through the years collected books, photos and other artifacts with a vision of a museum where these could be shared with the public. Ginny was born January 18, 1933 as the fourth generation of Merions who farmed in Concord Township and went to […]

Womens Right to Vote – Rachel Kohl

August 10, 2020

Rachel Kohl Rachel recognized the need for a community library and set out to make that vision a reality. Born in 1924 in Lewes, Delaware, Rachel graduated from Ocean City High School and Lycoming College where she earned a Library Science degree. In 1950, Rachel and her family moved to Concord Township with a small […]

Womens Right to Vote – Olga Byrd

August 10, 2020

Olga Victoria Byrd Many people are not aware of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church on Spring Valley Road, which was built in 1880 from the funds of the local black community.  The African Americans worked mostly in supporting the farming community.  Some, like the Byrd family, lived in tenant houses. In this new era […]

Womens Right to Vote – 3 women

August 10, 2020

In honor of this Centennial Anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote, we celebrate three women in Concord Township who had the courage and conviction to make their vision a reality, and in so doing, made an important contribution to our community and beyond.   Virginia Merion DeNenno – Ginny believed in the value of […]

Womens Right to Vote

August 10, 2020

Amendment XIX to the United States Constitution “Susan B Anthony Amendment” was introduced to Congress in 1870, and enacted in her exact words on August 18, 1920: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” […]

Copper Beech Tree

February 9, 2020

The Copper Beech Tree For many years, the Pierce Willits property that currently houses the Concord Township Historical Society Museum has enjoyed an old establishment. In the side yard there stands an ancient Copper Beech tree. The arrangement of the dark leaves is such that they overlap one another, creating an impenetrable canopy and a […]

Civil War and Concord

February 7, 2020

The Civil War and Concord One hundred and fifty years ago, on April 9, 1865, General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, ending the war between the North and South. To commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, our museum has some exhibits that highlight the part Concord Township played in […]

First Telephone Switchboard

January 17, 2020

Village of Concordville: The First Telephone Switchboard in Concord Township K . Jester house, circa 1870, Resource # 174 on the Concord Township Historic Resources Inventory The Village of Concordville grew during the mid-late nineteenth century, with homes and businesses to support the growing agriculture in the township. Located at the intersection of Baltimore Pike […]

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