About the Millbrook Society
The Millbrook Society was founded in 1984 at the request of the late Mrs. Charles Harper Smith of Horsham Township, PA. The vision of Mrs. Smith and the Society's founders was to honor the legacy of Charles Harper Smith who was a renowned local historian, educator and author.
The original intent of the Society was to receive and hold in trust the land and buildings that make up the Kenderdine Mill tract called "Millbrook." We also were tasked with continuing the late Charles Harper Smith's work in the areas of preservation and education of local, state and national history.
Due to events beyond our control, the only thing we received from the initial arrangement was our name, "Millbrook." While we were not able to acquire the property, our mission of preservation and education of history has not changed. In some ways, by not currently having a property to care for, we have been able to extend our reach into areas of history and preservation we never would have been able to reach before.
We are located at the Amy B. Yerkes Museum on the second floor of the historic Hatboro Baptist Church on York Road in the heart of Hatboro. We are open most Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30.
Throughout the years, we have worked on many projects spanning vast categories of history. We have overseen several archaeological projects at sites throughout the area as well as having the opportunity to host several archaeological field schools in collaboration with Penn State, Abington. We have produced a book, Images of America: Hatboro and we assisted in the creation of the movie documentary, The Battle of Crooked Billet. We are actively working on having street-side markers placed at historic sites throughout Hatboro.
Should The Millbrook Society be offered a historic property, we will accept it and the challenges that go with ownership providing we have the ability to cover its costs.
For more information on some of our projects, please visit our Projects and Archaeology pages or stop by the Museum.