Two area country homes will be the theme of a program and one of a tour planned for May by the Springfield Township Historical Society.
Emlen House, built in the 1730s just over the northwest corner of Springfield Township in Upper Dublin township, and Laverock Hill, a Gilded Age estate that sits astride Springfield and Cheltenham townships, will be the subject of a program on Thursday evening, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Bethlehem Pike and East Mill Rd., Flourtown. Tours of the Emlen House property will take place on Saturday morning, May 17, at 9am and 10:30am Each tour of the home will be followed by an ice cream social as individuals partake of the grounds surrounding the property.
The program will be presented by Ed Zwicker, IV, former president of the historical society. He will recount stories of Emlen House and Laverock Hill, including their early beginnings, growth through the years, and the events and people surrounding them at different points in their history. The program is free and open to the public.
Advanced registration is required for the May 17 tour of Emlen House. Attendees will meet at the property, 1951 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, and will be able to explore the grounds to enjoy the vistas and views and tour the house. Photography will be permitted. Since the site is slated for development, this is an opportunity to experience this property before development begins and see the house before the proposed restoration.
An ice cream social will follow each tour. Tickets will be $20 per person, $18 for Friends of STHS. Advance registration will be required by sending the registration form along with a check payable to STHS, PO Box 564, Flourtown, PA 19031. Registration forms can be found at the historical society’s website. For more information, visit the website or call the historical society at 215-233-4600.