Lower Milford Historical Society

Lehigh Valley History
03/07/2019

Lehigh Valley History

The Carl School, in Corning, Lower Milford Township. 1909 class photo with teachers Alma Warly and Leva Erney. The schoolhouse was built in 1844 and was used as a school until the 1950s.

Perkiomen Railroad Historical Society
03/01/2019

Perkiomen Railroad Historical Society

#TBT 1960 Reading Iron Horse Ramble during a photo run by in Zionsville

Just outside Lower Milford in Palm
02/24/2019

Just outside Lower Milford in Palm

Postmark from Limeport post office, June 1888
02/22/2019

Postmark from Limeport post office, June 1888

02/11/2019

We will be meeting Monday night at 6:30 at the Lower Milford Township building

I saw this postcard and was amazed. I never saw a view of Limeport like this before. A guess would say this was from 190...
02/06/2019

I saw this postcard and was amazed. I never saw a view of Limeport like this before. A guess would say this was from 1907, if it is from the same set of postcards depicting Main Street (Limeport Pike)

Blue Church Road, looking from Limeport Pike, Limeport. “This is the road that leads to wisdom” for those who so choose; the schoolhouse is denoted with a small X in the distance. While the school still stands-modified-the building fully in view at left and the barn at right are gone.

Lehigh Valley History
01/27/2019

Lehigh Valley History

Limeport School, Lehigh County, PA, in 1937. The school was built in 1845 and served the community until 1951 when Lower Milford Elementary School was opened.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Postcard History
01/14/2019

Southeastern Pennsylvania Postcard History

A rural scene outside of “downtown” Hosensack, with the photographer’s “hand” highlighting the Reading Railroad’s station building. Our photographer’s hand was not so adept with the skill of writing his S correctly when done in reverse on the glass plate negative!

At the very edge of Lower Milford right before you get to Spinnerstown
01/04/2019

At the very edge of Lower Milford right before you get to Spinnerstown

Trinity Great Swamp Reformed (UCC) Church, Spinnerstown and County Line Roads, rural Spinnerstown, technically Lehigh County. Another southeastern Pennsylvania congregation which began prior to the Revolutionary War; the stone church now used was erected in the 1870s. It has undergone numerous renovations since then but still welcomes worshippers every Sunday.

Old road map of the area, my guess is from the late 1930’s-1940’s. Notice the lack of freeways and how very few of t...
01/02/2019

Old road map of the area, my guess is from the late 1930’s-1940’s. Notice the lack of freeways and how very few of the numbered roads resemble their current alignment.

11/12/2018

Come join us at the Limeport Deli at 6:30 tonight

A little something that many of you might not have known- When 78 was originally proposed, it was not going to be aligne...
10/25/2018

A little something that many of you might not have known- When 78 was originally proposed, it was not going to be aligned with 309 going through Allentown. Instead it was going to continue southwest towards Limeport, swing over the mountain towards Vera Cruz then northwest towards Macungie before meeting back up with 22 just west of 100. The expense in blasting another highway through the mountain was far greater than the amount of blasting needed to expand 309. 78 would have never run through Lower Milford, but there probably would have been quite an impact. Just imagine how different things would have been if that happened....

Although the Blue Church is not located in Lower Milford Township, many Lower Milford residents attended this church ove...
10/14/2018

Although the Blue Church is not located in Lower Milford Township, many Lower Milford residents attended this church over the years.

St. Paul’s Lutheran “Blue” Church, corner of Blue Church Road and Applebutter Hill Road, somewhat between Coopersburg and Limeport. The congregation was established in the 1700s; the stone structure seen here and which is still standing was erected in 1833. Blue coloration of the stucco covering led to the name; that covering has since been removed and the pointed stonework is displayed.

10/13/2018

We are meeting this Monday night at 7pm at the Lower Milford Township building. Everyone is welcome to stop by.

09/14/2018

From time to time visitors to our page are encouraged by Facebook to make suggestions to edit our page. The most common request that we receive is to change our location from Limeport to Coopersburg. We choose to keep our location set as Limeport for a few reasons. The main reason is that it matches our mailing address of Limeport (PO Box 2 Limeport Pa 18060). Secondly, Limeport is in Lower Milford Township, and Coopersburg is a borough outside of Lower Milford Township. Also, when people, businesses and organizations start identifying themselves with other larger place names, the identities of our small communities begin to disappear (i.e. Hosensack, Plover, Kraussdale, Lanark).

When we are asked to verify the suggestion, it sometimes goes through automatically without our say, and can be difficult to change back. We welcome any suggestions that you may have, but we want to keep the names of our small communities alive. Thanks!

09/09/2018

We will not be having a meeting this month, our next meeting will be scheduled for Monday October 8th

How about another guessing game? This one should be pretty easy....
08/21/2018

How about another guessing game? This one should be pretty easy....

Ever wonder what happened at the first game played at Limeport Stadium?
08/18/2018

Ever wonder what happened at the first game played at Limeport Stadium?

08/12/2018

Our monthly meeting is going to be a week later this month, on the 20th at 7pm at the Township building

Lower Milford Historical Society's cover photo
08/09/2018

Lower Milford Historical Society's cover photo

How about a little guessing game...Would anybody like to guess where this photo was taken? Hint: The structure right beh...
08/08/2018

How about a little guessing game...Would anybody like to guess where this photo was taken? Hint: The structure right behind the chair is no longer there.

05/14/2018

Looking for something to do tonight? Come join us at our meeting at 7pm in the Lower Milford Township building.

Population chart of Lower Milford Township up to 1960 (includes Upper Milford prior to the township split in the 1850’...
03/26/2018

Population chart of Lower Milford Township up to 1960 (includes Upper Milford prior to the township split in the 1850’s) From the Township’s comprehensive plan of 1968. The population as of the 2010 census is 3775.

Fire Warden’s map-Based on the clues this would have been drawn up in the late 1940’s. Note the change in name of so...
03/24/2018

Fire Warden’s map-Based on the clues this would have been drawn up in the late 1940’s. Note the change in name of some of the roads and house numbers. Also note how few people had telephone service at the time.

03/12/2018

We are meeting tomorrow night 7pm at the Lower Milford Township building. Want to learn a little something about local history? Want to share some of your experiences living or growing up in Lower Milford? Come pay us a visit!

03/07/2018
Railfan Depot

Just outside of Lower Milford but a lot of familiar scenery

Rare silent film of Lehigh Valley Transit. This is at Summit Lawn, Pennsylvania. From "Lehigh Valley Transit, Liberty Bell Route" by John Pechulis Media. All JPM DVDs are on a rare sale: 33% off! http://rfd.video/JPM33

Southeastern Pennsylvania Postcard History
03/07/2018

Southeastern Pennsylvania Postcard History

Corning School, Jan. 8, 1909, Lower Milford Township, Lehigh County. One of eleven schools in the township during the early 1900s. Located at 6152 Palm Road, it is now used as a residence.

LMHS would like to give a big thanks and a warm welcome to the Community Baptist Church who just moved into the former L...
02/19/2018

LMHS would like to give a big thanks and a warm welcome to the Community Baptist Church who just moved into the former Lower Milford Elementary School. The congregation had their building dedication yesterday, and LMHS members were on hand during the ceremony to accept a couple of pieces of history, a pair of signs that were part of the former school. Plans are to hang the signs at the Lower Milford Township building for all to see and appreciate for years to come.

Lehigh Valley History
02/13/2018

Lehigh Valley History

Built in 1842 as a stagecoach stop, the Limeport Inn is now a restaurant. It is located at 1505 Limeport Pike, Limeport, PA.

Lehigh Valley History
01/18/2018

Lehigh Valley History

Gilmore's Scranton Bar, 6660 N. Route 309, Coopersburg, PA. A bar operated in this building for many years. It became the Peppercorn Pub. In 2014, the second floor was converted into apartments. In 2017, the bar was sold as a site for a Wa Wa and Dunkin Donuts.

01/08/2018

Our meeting tonight will be postponed until 7 pm tomorrow night

01/07/2018

Our first meeting of the new year will be tomorrow night January 8th at 7pm at the Lower Milford Township building. Everybody is welcome.

11/12/2017

We will be having a meeting 7pm Monday night at the Lower Milford Township building. Stop on by, everybody is welcome!

08/14/2017

We will not be having a meeting tonight, our next meeting will be on Monday September 11th at 7pm

07/10/2017

Meeting tonight at 7pm, Lower Milford Township building

06/12/2017

We will not be having a meeting tonight

05/06/2017

Our monthly meeting will be this Monday at 7pm at the Lower Milford Township building. Hope to see you there!

04/07/2017

We will be having our monthly meeting this coming Monday 7pm at the Lower Milford Township building. Stop by if you are looking for something to do!

03/09/2017

We will be having our monthly meeting on Monday, March 13th at 7pm in the Lower Milford Township building. If you grew up in the township, or are interested in discussing local history with us, feel free to stop by!

10/09/2016

We will be having our monthly meeting at 7pm on Monday night October 10th at the Lower Milford township building. If you haven't been to one of our meetings before feel free to stop by.

09/12/2016

We are going to postpone tonight's meeting until Monday Octoder 10th 7pm.

09/10/2016

Monday night we will be having our monthly meeting at the Lower Milford Township building, 7pm. It has been a couple of months so we will be catching up on things.

06/28/2016

We will not be having a July meeting. With a lot of summer plans and vacations going on, we will hold our next meeting on Monday August 8th.

06/11/2016

We are going to be having our monthly meeting this Monday night the 13th at 7pm. Note that the meeting time has been moved up by a half hour. A lot of our meetings have run pretty late and this half hour will help us out. We don't have anything major to discuss this month, but for those of you who haven't been to a meeting before we would love to have you join us to discuss the history of Lower Milford, share some of your personal stories, or to even ask some questions about the area.

05/23/2016

With Lower Milford's only school closing in less than 3 weeks, LMHS was given permission to contribute to the school's final yearbook giving a little bit about the history of the schools in the township. For the first time in almost 300 years, there will no longer be a school in Lower Milford Township.

Here is the write up that was done:

The End of an Era
Lower Milford Elementary School has a long history of teaching students in the township.

By Lenny Skibicki of the Lower Milford Historical Society

Did you know that Lower Milford Elementary School has roots that trace back nearly 300 years? In the early 1700s, students in Lower Milford Township attended school at one of the nearby churches. These schools taught most of their lessons in German. In the 1840s, residents voted to establish 10 one-room schoolhouses throughout the township. Students from grades one through eight attended one of these schoolhouses, which served the area well for a century. However, as time went on, the needs of students changed.

In 1947, the Lower Milford Board of School Directors voted to establish a “consolidated” school in the township. They selected a location near the center of the township, but a disagreement over the price of the land delayed construction for two years. In 1950, ground was broken for the new Lower Milford Elementary School, which opened to students in September 1951. This new building had six classrooms, an office, and an all-purpose room. A few years later, Lower Milford Elementary became part of the new Southern Lehigh School District.

For the first several years, students from grades one through six attended Lower Milford Elementary. Kindergarten was added soon after, and sixth grade was moved over to Southern Lehigh Middle School when it opened in the late 1960s.

As the number of students grew, Lower Milford Elementary experienced a pair of expansions over the years. The first took place in 1962 with the addition of two classrooms, and the second was in 1991, when the building was greatly expanded to its present-day configuration, including a new gym, several classrooms, and a new library.

Continued increases in student enrollment resulted in the construction of Southern Lehigh Intermediate School (later renamed Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School). When it opened in the fall of 2009, students from the fourth and fifth grades moved there, leaving kindergarten through third grade at Lower Milford.

In 2014, the Southern Lehigh School District Board of Directors voted to close Lower Milford Elementary School and to replace Hopewell Elementary with a new school. In June 2016, Lower Milford’s doors will shut, but the memories created within its walls will live on in every child, parent, teacher, and staff member fortunate enough to be connected with this special school.

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Lower Milford Township
Limeport, PA
18060

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Meets on the second Monday of every month at the Lower Milford Township building located on 7607 Chestnut Hill Church Road.

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