Copyright, 2015. Boyertown Area Historical Society

43 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA  19512
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Wednesday 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Tuesday 5:00-9:00 PM
Please contact the
Museum and Library Director or Office Manager
for Information on Group Tours and Educational Programs.
Closed Holidays
use this link to access the Historical Society By-Laws

7:00 PM
First Wednesday of the Month,
October to June
Society Building
(no meeting in January)
A $5.00 donation is being asked of all non-members
who attend the monthly meetings.
2015 programs.
October 7, 2015
Hank Frecon will talk about Apple Cider,
its production and importance to the community.

November 4, 2015
Robert Gerhart will do a presentation on
Annie Funk of Bally,
a 38 year old missionary who
was a victim of the Titantic tragedy.
Boyertown Area
Historical Society

What is the difference between a ghost, a spirit, and a spook?
Learn about a lonely small boy trapped in an attic or the man who
came to the Boyertown Halloween Parade the night after he died!
Help search for restless spirits inhabiting Popodikon Mansion!
Discover another side to Boyertown.
Take part in a Ghost Walk, a Haunted Train Ride,
or a Paranormal Investigation....
Ghost walks are the fourth Saturday of the month.

Go to the events page for details on the Ghost Walks and the Paranormal
Investigation, as well as a DVD on the Rhoads Opera House Fire and
Charles Adams III's book,
Haunted Boyertown, about the
strange and mysterious happenings in the area.
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Nationally Recognized for Excellence
For more information, use the
Craft Show link
New Location: Boyertown Junior High
and Elementary School
380 S. Madison St., Boyertown, PA  19512
The show is sold out, and a wait list is being established.
the Ghosts are back!
After the Fire
the Fire
Has this 1908 fire tragedy
and the loss of almost 200 people
affected Boyertown's
Haunted History?
Take a Ghost Walk and
investigate the
other side of Boyertown.
Events Page
provides information on
the date and ticket price
of Boyertown's
Historic Ghost Walks.
Thank you to Margaret Harner for researching and supplying these
vignettes of life in  Boyertown.
This date in the Boyertown
Use this link, Daily News, to read previous articles

October 6, 1885
Boyertown is "one saloon less" since the Centennial Restaurant has
closed because of the retirement of Mr. Sassaman, the proprietor. He was
open for dinner until midnight every night of the week except Sunday and
he was probably worn out. The Boyertown Post Office is moving into his
space, and it will be "handsomely fitted up" with several hundred "lock
and glass boxes." (There was no home mail delivery in Boyertown in 1885.)

Oct. 7, 1885
HANDS FOR HALF AN HOUR. A train on the Colebrookdale line was boarded
near Boyertown by several drunken roughs who terrorized the
passengers, insulting the men, frightening the women, and grappling the
conductor by the throat and pushing him into a corner. The train was run at
the mercy of the desperadoes until the trainmen, including the fireman on
the engine, banded together and rescued him. After a desperate and
exciting struggle, the rowdies were driven off the train at New Berlinville.
The plot thickens. They waited for the conductor and brakeman to
disembark and again attacked, but the villagers turned out en masse and
drove them off. Warrants were issued and the company will vigorously
prosecute the case.

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