CHS Mem Day Service to be held Indoors if necessary

Please join the Charlestown Historical Society for a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30 from 10-11am.

In case of rain, the service will be held indoors at the Charlestown Play House at 2478 Charlestown Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

If weather permits, the service will be held outdoors at the Charlestown Cemetery opposite the Play House.

The Charlestown Historical Society is holding a service on Memorial Day. IMG_3164  Over 250 soldiers from the Revolutionary War as well as soldiers from the War of 1812 are buried here.

This year we will be honoring all veterans of U.S. wars as well as current members serving in the United States Military.  Please come and be honored!  Also, please pass on this information to your relatives, friends and neighbors.



The Boy Scout Troop 67 led by Peter Wilson, will participate again.  The Scouts will replace and add small flags at the various gravesites. Eric Woodworth, Pastor of the Charlestown Methodist Church, will lead us in prayer.

CHS: Bluegrass & BBQ Party! June 4



Home of the Charlestown Historical Society (CHS)

3032 Yellow Springs Road, Malvern, PA (Hollow Rd and Yellow Springs Rd) 

Come and invite your neighbors!  Celebrate the beauty and history of Charlestown Township by listening to the sounds of bluegrass music, dancing under the stars and enjoying the smoky tastes of outdoor BBQ.

The Wisner-Rapp House, home of the Charlestown Historical Society on Yellow Springs Road, will be the location of our CHS Bluegrass & BBQ party and will be open for tours. An art show of Charlestown Artists, past and present will be on display.  Live music by Raven Hill Bluegrass and square dancing caller Dr. Richard Fried are back by popular demand!  Be ready for great food, drink and a fabulous summer evening with friends!

Every party needs their behind-the-scenes volunteer team.  Interested in helping with party set-up, community outreach or giving house tours?  Email: to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to meet folks living in Charlestown.

On-Line registration: 

Questions?                                                  or phone Barbara DeWilde (610-827-7530)

Party Volunteers Needed!

Calling all CHS members….

Be part of CHS:   Bluegrass & BBQ Party

Count me in! I am volunteering to help with:

______Party set-up: come 1 hour early to help set-up decorations

______Party clean-up: stay 1 hour to help take down decorations

______Welcome/Sign-in Table: greet and check-in guests

______Wisner-Rapp House Tours: Give tours of Wisner-Rapp house (written history provided

______CHS Art Exhibit and Sale: help with the CHS Art Exhibit and Sale

______Outreach: help advertise the party, help with sponsor booklet or suggest a potential sponsor

______Support the event as a sponsor: all sponsors will get included in sponsor booklet and listed on event marketing

Willing to help! Please contact me.

NAME: _________________________________________________



Please send/email your reply by Friday May 6, 2016 to CHS PO Box 344 Devault, PA 19432

Charlestown Historical Society: Bluegrass & BBQ Party

Featuring Raven Hill Bluegrass Band and Jimmy’s BBQ

Saturday, JUNE 4, 2016 ~ 7:00-10:00 pm

Wisner-Rapp House ~ Home of the Charlestown Historical Society

3032 Yellow Springs Road (Hollow Road and Yellow Springs Road)   Malvern, PA



CHS 2016 Spring Meetings

CHS Meeting – Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Early Life of Charlestown!

We will have historical presentations about early life in Charlestown Township given by Jean and Paul Hogan.

7-9pm Charlestown Elementary School – Classroom #1  frontporchpump_at_rapp_house

CHS Meeting – Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Supplying Freedom Trolley Tour (July 14)

Come join us to learn more about the upcoming summer event (click here for tour website). Our very own mill of Charlestown Twp will be a stop on the tour. Sandy Momyer archivist of Yellow Springs will discuss the tour.

7-9pm Charlestown Elementary School – Classroom #1historical_woolen_mill-2013mill

CHS 2016 Summer Event – Trolley Tour

Thursday, July 14 –  Supplying Freedom Trolley Tour 3-7pm

historical_woolen_mill-2013Click here for reservations for the Supplying Freedom Trolley Tour. 

Town Tours & Village Walks Trolley Tour
July 14, 2016

3:00PM | Free

300 YEARS OF IRON & STEEL: Supplying Freedom by Trolley!

SPONSOR: Historic Yellow Springs

Hop on our trolley and celebrate 300 years of iron and steel in Chester County touring sites that supplied products to aid the fight for freedom in the founding of our country. The Yellow Springs Revolutionary War Hospital supplied medicine and care for the Continental Army; the Woolen Mill at Charlestown Village produced cloth to dress soldiers and civilians; the Continental Powder Works in Kimberton produced gunpowder; the Anselma Mill in Chester Springs produced flour to feed the growing population and the army.  Visit these sites as well as learn about the churches, cemeteries, barns, mills, schools, covered bridges and iron mine sites along our scenic Chester County byways.

Parking & Information: 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs

TROLLEY RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:  Trolley Tours will depart every 20 minutes from The Washington at Yellow Springs beginning at 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For reservations: 1. go to, then click on “For Tickets” or 2. Call 610-827-7414 ext. 10. Handicapped accessibility limited.

For more information on Town Tours & Village Walks throughout Chester County this summer, click here!






$5.00 mailed free to your home

The 2016 Calendar has 14 pictures of Charlestown. CHS also includes a historic description on each calendar page. The cost is reduced from $10 each to $5 each. We will mail the calendar out to you for free. To order your beautiful scenes of Charlestown 2016 calendar, send an e-mail to or call Barbara DeWilde at 610-827-7530.CHS 2016 Calendar Cover