CHS Fall 2017 Events


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Don’t miss the following Charlestown Historical Society events to be held this fall!

Check out the above links for more details about these events!

CHS Meeting – November 15, 2017

Remember Paoli

Charlestown Historical Society Meeting

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  from 7 to 9 pm.

Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria   

(please park on right side in the parking lot near the bus garage)

The November 15 CHS meeting will be a presentation by Jim Christ, Vice President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund who will show a slide presentation of “Remember Paoli”, a battle fought near the current location of the Chester County library on the night of September 20th, 1777.  Learn how the British General lead around 2,000 men at night in the Great Valley to surprise over 2,000 of General Anthony Wayne’s men and 2,100 Maryland militia under General William Smallwood.  Let’s explore why this battle is called the “Paoli Massacre”.

Guided Tour – October 21, 2017

Christian C. Sanderson Museum

The Charlestown Historical Society is sponsoring a “guided tour” of the Christian C. Sanderson Museum on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  The tour will be conducted by Chuck Ulmann, curator.  

The location is 1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA.  Please arrive by 12 noon when the Museum opens.  

Sanderson_Exterior_Front_2014_DSC3664.jpgAdmission is $ 8 for adult non-members. You may meet at the Wisner-Rapp house by 11:20am for those wishing to car-pool or you may drive directly yourself.

The Museum is not considered handicapped accessible due to 4 steps up to the front porch and a somewhat steep stairway with railings to the second floor.  For those choosing not to go upstairs or have trouble walking, a 30 minute DVD can be shown about the museum.

Visitors to the Museum will see artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, both World Wars, and learn about the Battle of the Brandywine.  They will also see original sketches and paintings from N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Peter Hurd and other Wyeth family members.  The Sanderson Museum represents a man’s life and a nation’s history. For more information visit


CHS Meeting – October 11, 2017

Duffy’s Cut

Wednesday, October 11  from 7 to 9 pm.

Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria   

(please park on right side in the parking lot near the bus garage)

The October 11 CHS meeting is a presentation on “Duffy’s Cut”, a fascinating but tragic story of 57 Irish immigrant railroad workers who came to Malvern in 1832 to build a section  of the Pennsylvania Railroad near Immaculata University (known as Duffy’s Cut).  Within several months, all the workers were dead.

Official reports listed the cause of death as cholera.  But the use of ground penetrating radar indicated the bodies had been murdered.  Professor William Watson of Immaculata will show a DVD released by Irish-American films this summer and he will also update us on “digs” at the site.  Duffy’s Cut may have been the site of the largest mass murder in Pennsylvania history.  Duffy’s Cut was a topic of a 2013 PBS series entitled “Secrets of the Dead” and video is available online.

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Services for Elizabeth (Betty) O’Connor

Services will be held on Saturday, July 29 at 10:30am for Elizabeth (Betty) O’Connor.  Betty was a long-time resident of Charlestown township and the daughter of Henry J. Soulen, the renowned local artist.

Services to be held at:

  • Charlestown United Methodist Church
  • 650 Church Road
  • Charlestown Village
  • Malvern, PA 19355
  • Please call 610-933-6083 for questions
  • Rev. Dr. Eric H. Woodworth will preside