Quakertown, Pennsylvania 18951My Hometown
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There is a local organization called Quakertown Alive! that is dedicated to the restoration and rejuvination of the town. They now publish a brochure that is called a "Walking Tour of Quakertown", which is available for free in a number of Downtown Quakertown buisnesses. This brochure is a revision of an earlier pamphlet that was created for the Quakertown Historical Society many years ago, and had almost completely dissappeared. It lists some of the historical sites in town, and briefly describes their significance. The idea is that you can take one of those brochures with you as you walk around the town, and it will guide you through the history of the town like a tour guide you can fold up and put in your pocket. I decided to go on the tour myself and take some pictures. This is what I came up with. What follows is a word-for-word copy of the tour pamphlet, but with pictures.
Quakertown was part of the 1000 acre tract in what was known as the Manor of Richland, one of William Penn's original manor holdings in the state. The North Pennsylvania Railroad opened its line to the borough in 1857, bringing several cigar factories, a textile mill and other light industry to the area.
July 29, 2005