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Looking for a little diversion?

Here’s a coloring page with a touch of local history. Download this PDF and get creative. Think outside the box, maybe give this elegant old estate house a colorful paint job or some fanciful landscaping.

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The Thomas Leiper House Coloring Page


Thomas Leiper House

The Path of America’s First Railway

 

Leiper built a temporary track in the yard of the Bull’s Head Tavern in Philadelphia to demonstrate the merits of his railway.

Did it go through your backyard?

Historians say the horse-drawn railway that Thomas Leiper laid out in 1809 from Crum Creek to Ridley Creek, through today’s Governor Sproul Estates, was the first commercial railway in the United States.

Pierre Lacombe, New Jersey Geologic Historian, has precisely mapped the railway. He’ll present a talk with maps and photos. You’re invited.

Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 PM at the Helen Kate Furness Library: 100 North Providence Road, Wallingford.

RSVP via Email.

The program is presented by the Nether Providence Historical Society and is free and open to the public.

 

Delaware County Arts Week

Thomas Leiper House is participating in the Delaware County Arts Week.

On Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29 the Leiper House will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Visitors can see original paintings of Leiper family members by famous artists. There are also old paintings of buildings that are no longer standing but were part of Leiper’s estate, “Avondale.”

Local artists Ursula Ippoliti and Dennis Goldsborough will display their paintings of notable Delaware County locations.  They will have prints and notecards of their paintings available to purchase.

LEIPER HOUSE | 521 Avondale Road, Wallingford

Party on the Porch

Leiper House
The Friends of the Thomas Leiper House invite you to their annual summertime Open House.

Enjoy summer refreshments. Visit the outbuildings. Take in the view of the park and Crum Creek.

Friday, June 28 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm
521 Avondale Road, Wallingford

Colonial Christmas Open House

You’re invited!

Join us Sunday,

Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 1 o’clock until 5 o’clock at Thomas Leiper’s 1785 Country Home.

You’re invited!

Join us at the Lieper House, 521 Avondale Road,
on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1 o’clock until 6 o’clock.

Christmas Open House

 

Prez Wins Award

Angela HewettAt its annual meeting, the Delaware County Historical Society presented its A. Lewis Smith Award to Angela Hewett, president of the Nether Providence Historical Society and long-time president of The Friends of the Thomas Leiper House. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made “significant contributions to the preservation of the history of Delaware County.”

Angela has conducted extensive research into the Leiper family and has edited two booklets – a compilation of correspondence between Mr. Leiper and Thomas Jefferson and another of his correspondence with James Madison. She is also the curator of the Leiper House; organizing and training its volunteer docents and coordinating the many events and programs hosted there.

She was on the steering committee for our township’s tricentennial celebration in 1987 and helped found our historical society soon after. She is also a board member of the Delaware County Historic Preservation Network.

The honor bestowed is well deserved.