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Fallsington Library Co - Fallsington Historic District - Fallsington, PA
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Quick Description: This library, built in 1878, is a contributing structure to the Fallsington Historic District. It is a beautiful, old building along Yardley Avenue and one of the few structures which exhibit this architectural style.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/23/2009 5:40:29 PM
Waymark Code: WM72GM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

The Fallsington Library Company was founded in 1800 and chartered in 1802., with a collection of 238 volumes. For the next 70 years it was housed in various village homes. In 1879, the Classic Revival building was constructed, with the help of a $5,000 matching grant from the Fallsington-born philanthropist Isaiah Williamson.

About the Historic District

Fallsington is an authentic 300-year-old quaker settlement. This village pre-dates other Friends historic districts by at least 50 years. Little known, and underrepresented in history books, it is one of the best existing examples of authentic pre-colonial life in America. There is a decent history of this village found in a nice book called The Buried Past: an Archaeological History of Philadelphia By John L. Cotter, Daniel G. Roberts, Michael Parrington. It can be found on Google Books which can be found SOURCE HERE (page 363-367). One last interesting note, looking at Google Earth, it is clear to see this village, via Main Street, was at one time connected to the Lincoln Highway.

District Nomination Form Narrative
In 1971, the Village of Fallsington was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This nationally-registered historic district takes its name from nearby "Falls of the Delaware." Immediately surrounding the historic district is a neighborhood of residences of various ages, circa 1700's to 1990's. This old library is one of thirty structures which make up the historic district. The following limited text is excerpted from the original district nomination form submitted to the Department of Interior in 1971.

Fallsington Library, 1878, built with a matching grant from Isaia Williamson, well-known Philadelphia philanthropist.

139 Yardley Ave
Levittown, PA 19054-1118
(215) 295-4449

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Fallsington Historic District

Link to page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): [Web Link]

139 Yardley Ave Levittown, PA 19054-1118 (215) 295-4449

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Narrative found on the internet (Link provided below)

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