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The Historical District

Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships

Plymouth Meeting Historic District encompasses both Whitemarsh and Plymouth Townships in  Montgomery County, PA.  This also includes Cold Point Historic District to the north.

Land size is 200 acres and includes 56 historic buildings.  The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


On the Plymouth side is the Plymouth Meeting Friends School and Meeting House, 4 houses and in Whitemarsh, there are 2 stores, a blacksmith, wheelwright shop, post office and 24 houses.


This is an ancient settlement that dates back to the arrival of William Penn, and is marked on Lewis Evans' map of 1749.

Fun Fact

The first baby in Plymouth was born in the center section of the Dickinson House

Fun Fact

Plymouth Meeting was founded in 1686 and Whitemarsh was founded in 1704

Fun Fact

Plymouth Meeting was populated originally by English Quakers

Fun Fact

The Dickinsons were the primary funders of the Plymouth Friends Meeting House

Plymouth Meeting Historical Society

Plymouth Meeting Historical Society is a non-profit (501c3) charitable organization dedicated to preserving the history of Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships in Montgomery County, PA.  Organized in 1952, the Society gained stature when it succeeded in saving the Village of Plymouth Meeting from the threat of the proposed Blue Route Expressway.  Through the efforts of the Society (mostly comprised of women) the Village of Plymouth Meeting was placed on the National Register of Historic districts in 1971.  The adjacent Village of Cold Point was added to the Register in 1982 and became a further protection against highway expansion.  The archival collections of the society total over 40 linear feet of materials dating primarily from the mid-19th century, including photographs, maps, architectural drawings, family papers, scrapbooks, deeds, tax assessments, ephemera, clothing artifacts and research materials that document the history of this historic area of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Swarthmore Library, inventory papers, 1763-1884 Maulsby-Albertson

University of Delaware, Albertson Family Papers, 1774-1880

Historic Resource Survey Form

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Comission

Details on the settlement of Plymouth Meeting

The official Wikipedia page for the Plymouth Meeting Friends School

Hovendon House, Barn and Abolition Hall, Wikipedia Page

Details on the Corson Family Genealogy

Its Establishment, 
And The Settlement Of The Township

The Abolition Hall Protest covered on WHYY

Preservation PA official updated page for Abolition Hall

Plymouth Township record of HARP

Plymouth Meeting Historical Society subject files 1787-2012

The Plymouth Meeting Controversy of 1954

Old state records of the society

SR 202 Postwar Suburbs Historic Survey Report, SR 202, Section 600, Montgomery County

Plymouth Meeting Historical District Official Wikipedia Page

Spring Mill County Official Wikipedia Page


Some maps showing the locations of historical artifacts in Plymouth Meeting.

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