CHS Scholarships – GVHS Seniors



ATTENTION: Great Valley High School SENIORS!

In 2017, the Charlestown Historical Society established a Scholarship fund for Great Valley graduating  seniors from proceeds received from the sale of our founder, Stinson Markley’s farm.  Again this year $ 10,000 of Scholarships will be awarded in a program administered by the Great Valley High School Guidance department.

Five $ 2,000 Scholarships will be awarded to students pursing STEM (2), nursing, fine arts and vocational studies.  Scholarship applications will be available in the Guidance Office by March 1st with applications due in early April.  Scholarships will be awarded at the Senior Awards Assembly on the evening of Thursday May 17th.

Services for Long Time CHS Member Tom Babacz

Our long time friend and CHS member and Treasurer passed away on Monday, October 2. His obituary is in the Pottstown Mercury, where messages of condolence can be entered.

Funeral Mass will be Friday, October 6 at 11 am at St. Ann Chapel, 604 S Main St, Phoenixville.  Friends may visit at the chapel from 9:45 to 10:45 am.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS), 257 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460.  CHS will donate $ 100 to PACS in honor of Tom Babacz.

Charlestown Heritage Day – Oct 8, 2017

Please Join Us To Celebrate the Deep and Rich Heritages of

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Stories, Pictures, History, Village Walk

Sunday, October 8, 2017

  • 10:30 a.m. – Church service and presentations
  • Noon – Light refreshments
  • Noon – 2:00pm – Enjoyment of displays in church
  • Throughout the day – Self-guided walking tours of Charlestown Village including Woolen Mill and Revolutionary Cemetery


In Historic Charlestown Village

Sponsored by the Charlestown Historical Society, the Charlestown Historical Commission, and Charlestown United Methodist Church

Charlestown United Methodist Church is co-sponsoring Charlestown Heritage Day on Sunday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m.  The Charlestown Historical Society and the Charlestown Historical Commission are working with the church to celebrate the rich heritages of Charlestown Township, Charlestown Village (on the National Historic Registry), and Charlestown United Methodist Church.

Even though the village is within the mailing scope of Malvern, it actually lies in Charlestown Township, just south of Phoenixville off of Charlestown Road. Few people know that Charlestown Village was once called Egypt, and was the namesake terminus for Egypt Road back in the 1700s. The name changed severaltimes and it ended up as Charlestown Village. Charlestown Township was once part of an original land grant from William Penn to Charles Pickering. Charlestown UMC began as Charlestown Methodist Episcopal Church in 1830. Each has a rich heritage worth celebrating.

The celebration will be at Charlestown United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. It will include stories, pictures, displays, history, and a self-guided walking tour through the village, including the newly restored historic Woolen Mill across scenic Pickering Creek. The church address is 650 ChurchRoad, Malvern, PA 19355.

After a brief worship service at the church, the audience will hear short presentations about: Charlestown Artists; the Revolutionary War Cemetery (just outside the village); Charlestown Township and Village Histories; Valley Forge Military Hospital; the Wisner-Rapp House and Charlestown Historical Society; and the church itself.

Finally, the audience will be free to enjoy refreshments, displays, old photographs, maps, and a self-guided walking tour of Charlestown Village, including the Woolen Mill, and the Revolutionary War Cemetery. This will all occur in the pleasant company of others interested in the rich heritage of the area.

This is an event that is well worth including in your fall schedule. All are welcome. As you have questions, you may call Eric Woodworth at 610-913-0420.

Video of Charlestown Woolen Mill

More information and history about the Charlestown Woolen Mill

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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