Vote for Board members, and congratulate our annual Historical Preservation Achievement Award winners, then enjoy two Presentations:
“Jennersville Chairs” by Kenneth Woodward.
Chester County’s famous furniture makers, The Foremans, lived and created their graceful masterpieces at Jennersville.
Hear more information by our photo expert, David Bliss, on Photo Restoration.
How to Research Your Historic Property - A Talk by Jane E. Dorchester
Thursday, Nov. 21st, 2013, at 7 PM
Franklin Township Historical Commission, the New London Area Historical
Society, and the PennMaryDel Questers invite you to hear Jane E.
Dorchester speak on how to do a deed search and research other pertinent
documents in order to determine the historical ownership of a property
and, if possible, the age of the building(s) located on the property.
The event will be held at the New London Academy, 902 State Rd., New London, PA. Admission is free.
Jane E. Dorchester is a historic preservationist, local and
architectural historian, lecturer, and writer based in West Chester, PA.
Specializing in historic property research and National Register of
Historic Places nominations, she has researched the histories of
properties in Pennsylvania and Delaware for municipalities,
environmental and consulting engineering firms, restoration architects,
land and city planners, real estate developers, and private owners. She
also has lectured and written on historic property research and other
Historical Commission Members
Sara Beth Kohut
Historical Commission meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at 7 PM in the Township Building, 20 Municipal Lane, Kemblesville, PA. The public is welcome to attend.
Franklin Township's Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) and Historical Commission Receive "Grace Under Fire" Award
The Franklin Township Historical and Architectural Review Board and the Franklin Township Historical Commission are honored to be the recipients of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network's 2013 "Grace Under Fire" Award. The award, which is one of five being given out, is in recognition of their efforts with respect to the J. G. West Barn during
2012. Paul Lagasse, chair of the HARB, and Dolores Hughes, chair of the Historical Commission, will accept the award for the Township at the Volunteer Recognition Celebration on June 19, 2013, at Historic Sugartown in Willistown Township.
The J. G. West Barn was and still is a contributing resource in the Kemblesville Historic District. The only structure on Franklin Township property that's historic, it's also a contributing resource in the potential National Register nomination of the J. G. West House, now on a separate property. Dating to the mid-1810s, the Barn became the subject of some controversy as the Supervisors considered whether to undertake repairs or demolish it.
The HARB and HC members worked on three major presentations to the Supervisors during 2012. The first (in February) outlined the Barn's place in the Township and options for it; the second (in June) presented a review of the work needed on the barn and outlined a fundraising plan to underwrite that work; and the last (in September) reviewed the proposed demolition and recommended that the Supervisors reject demolition as inappropriate for a historic structure that could be stabilized and restored at little or no cost to the taxpayers. The award recognizes the HARB and HC for "their efforts, persistence and resilience in preserving historic resources" -- qualities that are in no way diminished by the Supervisors' narrow vote in favor of demolition.
The HARB and HC would like to acknowledge the support and assistance they received from Karen Marshall, Chester County's Heritage Preservation Coordinator; the late Jane Davidson, a pioneering and nationally recognized historic preservationist; the late Mary Dugan, a locally noted preservationist; Bob Wise and Seth Hinshaw of Wise Preservation Planning; Bruce Knapp, president of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network; and many others who generously assisted the HARB and HC with their work. It is an honor to receive this award and to be included in the company of the other awardees, but our efforts would not have been possible without the help of others.