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Coopersmithing is Still Alive at the Skippack Historical Society


At our next meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2009 the Skippack Historical Society will be presenting a program titled "COOPERSMITHING IS STILL ALIVE". The program will begin at 7:30pm at the Fellowship Hall of the Wellspring Church of Skippack on Creamery Road between Rte 113 and Skippack Pike. [ link to map ]

Come join us for a most enjoyable evening learning about the life and craft of an itinerant cooper. The Woxall Cooper, otherwise known as David Miller has been working as a cooper since the late 1960’s and has demonstrated the craft in many of America’s most prestigious historical sites. For those of you who attended our Living History Event in September, you may recall visiting David and his wife at their covered wagon as they demonstrated the work and wares of a traveling cooper.

David Miller, a graduate of Millersville University, armed with a Master’s degree in Archaic Crafts, has chosen to bring the art and skill of the cooper to national awareness. David is a published author and a trainer to many others in his field. Coopersmithing is still alive; making the commodities that were so prevalent prior to the industrial revolution, and repairing those articles when needed, allows David to maintain his Cooper’s shop in Woxall.

ALL WELCOME! Come join us for an enjoyable evening of learning and fellowship. Refreshments will be served and donations always welcome.

Date: November 19, 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Fellowship Hall of the Wellspring Church of Skippack

Hope to see you there!

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How Old is Your House? with Jeff Marshall

Jeff Marshall of the Heritage Conservancy will be with us on Thursday, October 22, 2009 for another great presentation. Presentation starts at 7:30 pm at the Historic Indenhofen Farmhouse in Skippack [map].

After Jeff's slide presentation he will guide us on a brief tour of the 1700s Indenhofen Farmhouse where he can demonstrate specific characteristics discussed and answer any questions.

Come learn more about historic houses.


Jeff Marshall is the Vice President of Resource Protection at the Heritage Conservancy. Jeff is a planner and historic preservationist with over 25 years of combined experience in land protection and historic preservation. He is actively involved in administering the conservation easement and facade easement programs with expertise in the employment of protection strategies for significant resources. He gives public education programs and acts as a preservation advocate throughout the community. Numerous articles have been published on his endeavors in the preservation field. He has authored the book, "The Barns of Bucks County," and has a new publication on farmhouses which will be available soon.

Hosted & sponsored by the Skippack Historical Society.

Suggested donation for attendance is $2.00 to help cover the honorarium for the speaker.

Refreshments will be served.

Public meeting. All Welcome!


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Washington returns in Skippack Village Encampment

Revolutionary War Encampment in Skippack!

Saturday & Sunday September 26 & 27, 2009 at the Historic Indenhofen Farmstead in Skippack.
If you head out to the Indenhofen Farmstead in Skippack this weekend, you'd better leave your iPods, portable video games and Blackberries at home.

And once you get there, don't talk about cars, TVs or any other modern conveniences because no one there will know what you're talking about.

Because this weekend, it's the end of the 18th century as the Skippack Historical Society hosts its fourth annual Washington's Encampment weekend.

Complete with troops of re-enactors who believe they are in the midst of the Revolutionary War, the event's activities are sure to transport visitors back in time and provide a fun history lesson. ...
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Jeff Marshall at our Next Skippack Historical Society Meeting

Do woods, fields, and historic structures add character to our neighborhoods? Find out how we can conserve and protect them at our next gathering on August 13, 2009.

The Heritage Conservancy of Doylestown, PA. is highly regarded in southeastern, Pa. for its work in retaining these resources that so greatly enhance the quality of life in our communities. Their programs and partnerships with owners have helped to conserve farmhouses, barns, a covered bridge, a lake in nearby Marlborough Township, and more throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The Conservancy also headed the Rte 113 Heritage Corridor Survey, which took them on an investigative tour all around Skippack Township.

Jeff Marshall, the Vice President of the Conservancy, has agreed to come to Skippack to meet with us to answer questions and explain the conservation and preservation techniques and programs of the Heritage Conservancy. He will also briefly describe the Rte 113 survey and why Skippack Township is included. One technique to be covered is Fa├žade Easements, which is a service offered to property owners. Mr. Marshall has authored the book, "The Barns of Bucks County," and has a new publication on farmhouses which will be available soon.

Gather your questions and come join us for a most interesting evening at WELLSPRING CHURCH at Cressman Road between Skippack Pike and Rte 113 in Creamery on Thursday, August 13th at 7:30 P.M.

Hosted by Skippack Historical Society, Inc.

Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited to the first 50 respondents. Please RSVP promptly to info@skippack.org.

A suggested donation of $4.00 would be graciously welcomed.


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Summer Potluck Picnic


Our Summer Potluck Picnic will be taking place on Saturday July 25, 2009 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Historic Indenhofen Farm. Corner of Skippack Pike (Rt. 73) and Evansburg Road in Skippack. | View Map |

Bring a favorite cover dish, salad or dessert and if you can please bring a chair. Beverages will be provided.

Come visit the oldes stone house in the Skippack Village (c. 1720). Look through the big red bank barn. View artifacts and archival pictures. Hear the area's oldest residents describe how life was way back when. Enjoy a game of croquet, horseshoes or bocce-ball. Win the door prize!

Everyone welcome. Come join us for good food and fellowship. Transportation can be provided. Rain date is July 26.


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Clean-up at the Historic Indenhofen Farm in Skippack

This coming Saturday, June 13th at 9:00am, we will be meeting at the Historic Indenhofen Farm to work together to clean-up the property. Please consider coming by for an hour or two to help. We will be weeding, raking, trimming, mulching, and picking up any debris or trash lying around. If possible bring your own gloves or garden tools to help in this effort. Click here for Farm Location on Map.

The Skippack Historical Society takes the maintenance and care of this 1700's farm serious and needs help keeping it a beautiful historic landmark in Skippack. If your able at this time please consider making a donation to the Society to help us maintain and preserve the Indenhofen Farm.

Looking forward to any help you can provide on Saturday or in the near future.

Thank you for your continued support.