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31 Yardley Avenue - Fallsington Historic District - Fallsington, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 40° 11.221 W 074° 49.129
18T E 515423 N 4448530
Quick Description: This is one of three notable Federal Houses in a row, one next to the other in this historic district. Down one block, heading due north on Yardley Avenue, are three more Federal Houses in a row.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 9:03:57 AM
Waymark Code: WM73WM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

These Federal style homes are believed to have been built by one master carpenter in 1829 and 1830 on land purchased from Edward Bailey. They have always been privately owned. According to the nomination form narrative, a family by the name of Gade were the first owners. The home is built very close to #25 with a very narrow alley separating them. On the front right of the house, next to the door is a marker indicating the house has been placed on the NRHP. I found this rather odd as there is no individual listing for this house so it must refer to its status as a contributing structure.

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 early 19th century home is one of thirty structures which make up the historic district and fairly representative of a group of homes lining this same side of the street. The following limited text is excerpted from the original district nomination form submitted to the Department of Interior in 1971.

The Burlingame, Wildman, and Gade Houses: Three houses in Federal style, lined up in a row and presenting an attractive townscape.

31 Yardley Avenue
Fallsington, PA 19054

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

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31 Yardley Avenue Fallsington, PA 19054

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

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