Historical Architecture Resources Project
The Millbrook Society, in conjunction with the Historical & Museum Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is undertaking the Historical Architecture Resources Project, where we are documenting properties in Hatboro that were built in 1945 or earlier.
Members of The Millbrook Society are looking peripherally at houses and buildings throughout the Borough that are "historical" and noting characteristics such as the makeup of the structure and its current purpose, etc. The project is conducted in phases, and the data will be available to the Borough and included in the Commission's database.
The benefits of this project for Hatboro include updating the Commonwealth's and the Borough's records with accurate data on historical properties, increasing greater awareness about the history and value of historical assets in Hatboro and guiding/informing decision makers relative to developmental plans in Hatboro.
The Society also has begun a project of erecting historical markers at those more noteworthy of Hatboro's historic buildings and sites in cooperation with the owners. We have successfully placed markers thus far at the Union Library, former Roberts and Mander Stove Works, and site of the Saint Louis Chapel.
Lukens Clock Preservation
The Borough of Hatboro and The Millbrook Society, with the support of State Representative Thomas Murt and many current and former citizens of Hatboro, engaged in the restoration and preservation of the historic clock in the tower of Loller Academy. This joint project has received two Commonwealth grants for which matching funds were raised. Millbrook is the trustee of the additional funds raised for the future upkeep and repair of this historic clock. Please click here to visit the official Facebook page for photos, more information and to make a donation.
PAST PROJECTS OF NOTE:
Images of America: Hatboro
In 2000, The Millbrook Society worked with Arcadia Publishing in producing our first book Images of America: Hatboro. This book is now in its 5th printing.
The Paradise Inn Project
This involved a detailed study of an early Pocono Mountain Resort and the early American Actor Joseph Jefferson III who spent the summers there.
Wreck of the Mair and Cranmer
This project was of personal interest to one of our members. It was an investigation into the loss of the three-masted schooner Mair and Cranmer and her crew. The vessel was built in the Delaware valley and lost off the Virginia coast in 1887. The vessel has never been found and research thus far has produced more mysteries than answers.
Delaware River Historic Resource Survey
Millbrook staff began this project at the headwaters of the Delaware in New York and followed the course of the river to the Delaware Bay. The object was to study the historic uses of the river, historic sites along the river, wildlife and abuse of the waterway.
There are many more projects led by Millbrook since its founding. Projects often are based on the strengths that each of the members can bring to it. Some departments and projects were shelved until someone comes around with the skills to continue them...or to start something new. This is what makes Millbrook so unique! No matter what interests or skills a person has, Millbrook offers something for everyone.