Welcome to The Millbrook Society.
The Millbrook Society is a non-profit organization that inspires passion about preserving and protecting the rich history of Hatboro and local communities.
We achieve our mission through three interrelated activities:
PRESERVATION…by collecting and maintaining artifacts, documents, manuscripts, maps.
PROTECTION…by archaeology, and recording and researching historical data on buildings and other assets.
EDUCATION…by presentations, programs, publications, reenactments and related activities.
Hatboro Holiday Parade...this Sunday, November 21, 2-4 pm
Members of The Millbrook Society, donned in colonial-era attire, will be on the parade route down York Road joining in this annual Hatboro celebration and kick-off of the 2021 holiday season!
THE MILLBROOK SOCIETY IS OPEN!
The Covid-19 pandemic is considered historic for various reasons, and these past 12-18 months have been trying times for our world, country, communities, and families. During this period, Millbrook was not open to the public, but the Society's staff adapted, and and remained engaged within the health and safety guidelines to continue mission-driven activities as Hatboro’s historical society.
Last year, Millbrook pushed forward on several key initiatives. First, we continued engaging officials and stakeholders in protecting historic sites and structures in Hatboro. Working with the Hatboro Borough Historian and Historical Commission, Millbrook’s guidance contributed to creating a long overdue Historic Preservation Ordinance.
Second, we installed the first of two permanent displays in the new Crooked Billet Elementary School. The first display is dedicated to the May 1778 Battle of Crooked Billet, and includes manuscripts, maps, pictures, and period reproductions of items for military and domestic use. The second display will be devoted to education in Hatboro from 1730 to present. It is our hope that these displays will capture the attention of the school community and visitors, and motivate us all to learn more about Hatboro history.
Finally, we continued our work in cataloging data from historic deed records, and we published several terrific editions of Grist, our quarterly journal.
Challenging days continue for us into 2021. We obviously don’t know what the future will hold. Yet, we are reminded of these words from Abraham Lincoln, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”
The Millbrook Society is open! The Amy B. Yerkes museum/collection is greeting visitors! We are open most Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 on the second floor of the Hatboro Baptist Church on York Road in Hatboro. We also have a very active Facebook page posted with history, photos, and local updates...check us out!
In consideration of the ongoing health and safety for all, Millbrook is adhering to the Covid-19 masking and distancing requirments for its staff and visitors as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We continue operating and working together safely on projects where we can help protect, preserve and educate about our local history. Members and non-members…our doors are open and we welcome you to stop by!
Hatboro Then & Now...Millbrook's newest publication!
Take a look at more than 250 images of what this three-century old town looked like over the years back THEN and what it looks like NOW.
Whether you are a long-time resident of this area, new to this community, or want to understand more about Hatboro “then and now,” we prepared this book with you in mind.
MAKES A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!
Get your copy for a donation of $20. Proceeds support the mission-driven work of The Millbrook Society.
Click here to order your book online...or...
Pick up your copy at the following Hatboro locations:
- Bux-Mont Office Supply, 10 N York Road
- Hatboro Dish, 102 S York Road...open for Breakfast and Lunch, too!
- Mr. Jim's Furniture, 1 S. Penn Street
- Nourishing Storm Studio & Cafe, 124 N York Road
- Union Library of Hatboro, 243 S York Road
...and of course, at The Millbrook Society (Wed evenings, 2nd floor, Hatboro Baptist Church)
Click on the News & Events tab above for news on recent activities and archive.
The Crooked Billet Monument is getting a makeover! Visit here to recall the history and meaning of this local treasure!
Give the Gift of History!
Are you looking for that special gift for the historian in your life?! Looking to enhance your personal home collection?
Check out what we have in store... books, DVDs, historical maps and more! Give the gift that keeps on giving... LEARNING about our local history and helping to PRESERVE it!
Click here to see the items in our online store. Items can also be ordered by email or phone, and may be available at our programs and events. Your donation directly supports The Millbrook Society and our mission-driven work! (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-957-1877)
Donate to The Millbrook Society!
The Millbrook Society of Hatboro PA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, so we rely on our members and friends like you to help us all fulfill the mission we ALL share: preservation, protection, and education of our local history!
Membership, merchandise donations, free-will giving at our events and other forms of giving surely enable us to maintain our museum/archives and to achieve all our mission-driven activities. So, your giving truly impacts our success!
Please consider giving to The Millbrook Society in honor of a loved one, or just to be part of the community of people care about our local history.
Contact us for more information on making a donation.