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

CHS Mtg – May 10 + Mem Day – May 29

Next meeting….
Wednesday, May 10 from 7-9pm.

Meeting Topic: 

Squire  and Florence Hamilton

Loretta Watson will speak at our May 10 meeting.  She will be sharing the history of Glenburn and the Hamiltons, who were loving foster parents for 42 young boys.  In the “Historical Sketches of  Charlestown Township” book, you will find information about the amazing accomplishments of the Hamiltons on page 194.

hamiltonsAll are welcome.
Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria
Park at right hand side of the building and
enter through door #5.Directions


Memorial Day Service

The Memorial Day service will be held at the Charlestown Cemetery on May 29 from 10am – 11am.  Please join us to remember our veterans. Directionsflag