West Delco History Tour

Welcome to History Month in Delaware County!  With more than 80 historic sites on the National Historic Registry, it's no wonder that events like those below bring so many people to Delaware County. This year the Western Delco Historical Societies are commemorating the 300th Anniversary of William Penn's Death with 4-Day Tour:

William Penn: A Legacy of Tolerance
Every site on the tour has a special connection to this English Quaker leader, an advocate of religious freedom and well known for his excellent relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Native Americans.

Attend any or all of the events below:

7pm Lecture on America’s First Bill of Rights: Penn’s Charter of Priviledges
Newlin Grist Mill invites you to pack a picnic and a blanket
for a twilight evening of speakers, live music and more!

  • Presented by Law Professor and Historian William J. McDevitt.
  • Location: Lima Estates, 411 N Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063

An Evening with William Penn at the historic Newlin Grist Mill, 6 to 7:30pm

  • This is planned to be an outdoor event, weather permitting, so bring blankets or folding chairs. You can even pack your own picnic! 
  • Throughout the night, enjoy live Colonial Era Music by the Colonial Revelers
  • And there will also be Guest Speakers
  • Address: Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342

The popular Colonial Revelers will perform throughout
the night on Friday, at the Newlin Grist Mill.

This is a 4 1/2 hour tour of 9 Historic Sites with very interesting “Penn” Connections.  

  • An historian will provide insights and stories at each location. Boxed lunches will be available for purchase at the 4th location, Mt. Hope Church - or you may bring a lunch.
  • RIDE THE BUS: Seats are $10 for Adults - $5 for children and teens, 5-18 years of age
  • Whether you'll be on the bus or following it, the tour meets at 9:30 am at the Concord Township Municipal Building - and will visit these locations:
  • TOUR TIP:  Feel free to pack a lunch or bring snacks!

TOUR MEETS AT 9:30 am at the Concord Township Municipal Building

Historical Re-enactor, Bob Bardsley in front of the cemetery at Old St. Thomas Church, our 1st stop on the tour.

1) Old St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church:
430 Valleybrook Rd, Glen Mills, Pa 19342
This church began as a Roman Catholic mission chapel in 1730 & is Pa’s oldest parish.

Mount Hope Methodist Church in Aston
2) Ivy Mills & Wilcox Mansion: Ivy Mills & Polecat Rds.
Drive By tour of the home
built by Thomas Willcox in 1744 & Ivy Mills Paper Mill, 2nd oldest in the United States.

3) Longview Mansion: Corner of Aston Mills and Convent Roads, Aston, PA 19014 - This stately Victorian sits where it is believed to have once  been a market square.

4) Mount Hope Methodist Church:
4020 Concord and Tryens Road, Aston, PA 19014 - The original church was built in 1807 on land donated by Aaron Mattson. 
The Carte-Weir House in Aston
5) The Carte-Weir House:  34 Williams Drive, Aston, PA 19014
This historically preserved Penn's Land Grant is the original Weir Farmhouse built in 1709.

6) Old St. Martin’s Church
Located 500 ft. from the Delaware River, it is one of the earliest and last riverfront churches in PA. It has been a local historic landmark since 1979. Address: 22 Church Street, Marcus Hook, PA 19061

(7-9) Drive-By Sites:  (7) Penn Market Square in Marcus Hook, (8) Site of the former Bezer Plantation, (9) the Gibbons House (1047 Bethel Rd, Bethel Township, PA) We are not able to get out and visit these sites, but the legacies of these places live on.

Go Touring & Exploring on your own...note the special times each site will be open.
A school class visits the 1724 Court House in Chester ...
Tour it on your own on Sunday, between 2 and 4pm.

  • Chichester Meeting:  611 Meetinghouse Rd, Boothwyn, PA 19061 DON’T MISS THIS! They will be recreating a 19th Century Quaker Wedding, 11am -12 pm
  • Caleb Pusey Plantation:  15 Race St., Upland, PA 19015  Built in 1683 by Caleb Pusey, who came here from England on the same ship with William Penn. 12-2pm 
  • Chester Meeting House:  520 E. 24th St., Chester, PA 19013 Quaker meeting, built in 1698.  12-2pm
The Delaware County Historical Society Library
and Archives feature artifacts, photos and treasures.
  • Delaware County Historical Society:  408 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013  See their vast library, archives and offices. 2-4pm
  • 1724 Court House:  412 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013  The oldest court house in America still used as a court house. 2-4pm.   

For Bus Tickets or Questions e-mail kmicka4re@verizon.net

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree  without roots.”
– Marcus Garvey