Craven Hall Historical Society

Craven Hall Historical Society Open the second Sunday of the month from 12-3:00 pm for house tours as well as by appointment. Follow our blog for stories on colonial America: https://medium.com/craven-hall-historical-society
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Craven Hall is a historical home located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The site was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home was so named, in the 20th century, when the building was used as a school. The oldest section of the home was built in the late 18th century. The property was purchased from Giles Craven by Harmon Vansant, in 1798. The Vansant family then made it their home from 1799 to 1871. The Craven Hall Historical Society owns and operates Craven Hall, the John Fitch Steamboat Museum which is on the Craven Hall grounds, and the Craven/Vansant burial ground for use by the community. The Historical Society is a non-profit organization that is registered in the state of Pennsylvania.

Mission: Our mission is to promote education of local history and preservation of artifacts and the buildings.

Operating as usual

Please join us this Sunday from 12-3pm for our monthly open house! Experience colonial life through a guided house tour ...
01/07/2021

Please join us this Sunday from 12-3pm for our monthly open house! Experience colonial life through a guided house tour and open hearth cooking demonstrations. Tours are free but donations are always appreciated! Masks are required.

#historicbuckscounty #buckscounty #warminster #localhistory

Consider purchasing a copy of "A Lincoln Treasure Trove," written by Craven Hall Historical Society board member and War...
12/21/2020
Dr. Fred Antil, Author of "A Lincoln Treasure Trove" - 2nd Edition

Consider purchasing a copy of "A Lincoln Treasure Trove," written by Craven Hall Historical Society board member and Warminster resident, Fred Antil, this holiday season! ❄️

Lincoln Lore #15: Dr. Abraham Lincoln, The Ivy Leaguer.
“Lincoln had less than one year of formal schooling. Filling out a background form on taking his seat in Congress, after “Education,” he wrote “Defective.” Nevertheless, Lincoln was awarded three honorary degrees in his lifetime.” (Page 35)

A Lincoln Treasure Trove by Fred Antil offers the very best history of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Originally published in 2019 with a second edition published just months ago, A Lincoln Treasure Trove is sure to please historians of all ages! Purchase your copy in time for the holidays!

#historybooks #LincolnBooks #PresidentialHistory #LincolnHistory #AbrahamLincoln

Please join us TODAY from 12-4pm for our annual holiday open house! Because of the pandemic, Santa and Mrs. Claus will n...
12/13/2020

Please join us TODAY from 12-4pm for our annual holiday open house! Because of the pandemic, Santa and Mrs. Claus will not be able to make it, but the Craven Hall Historical Society will be offering open hearth treats, free take home ornament kits for the children, and food available for purchase. (Please remember to bring your mask!) 🎅

We hope to see you today! Happy Holidays! ❄

#historicbuckscounty #warminster #buckscounty #localhistory

Our latest blog article is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! ❄️Don't forget to mark your calendar for our annual ho...
12/04/2020
Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century

Our latest blog article is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! ❄️

Don't forget to mark your calendar for our annual holiday open house on Sunday, December 13 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Craven Hall Historical Society will be providing free take-home ornament kits for children and offering take-out food available for purchase. Unfortunately, Santa and Mrs. Claus will not be making an appearance this year. Masks are required for entry.

We look forward to seeing you at our holiday open house!

https://medium.com/craven-hall-historical-society/colonial-life-how-our-ancestors-lived-during-the-18th-century-390cb937bc72

Spreading Christmas Cheer in Colonial America

On this #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation to the Craven Hall Historical Society and John Fitch Steamboat...
12/01/2020

On this #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation to the Craven Hall Historical Society and John Fitch Steamboat Museum. Every donation you make helps fund our educational programs, upkeep and maintenance, and museum displays.

If you wish to donate by check, please make the check payable to The Craven Hall Historical Society Inc. Our mailing address is PO Box 2042, Warminster, PA 18974

We thank you for your support!
https://craven-hall.org/donate/

#localhistory #historicbuckscounty #buckscounty #warminster

The Craven Hall Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of its NEW website! www.craven-hall.org When you vi...
11/04/2020
Craven Hall – Historic Site

The Craven Hall Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of its NEW website! www.craven-hall.org

When you visit our website, you'll be able to learn more about our history and programs and view photos and videos, all now easily accessible from your phone, tablet, or computer! As part of our revamped marketing strategy, we have also launched a new logo and brand identity. The Craven Hall Historic Site encompasses all of what Craven Hall has to offer, including the John Fitch Steamboat Museum and Craven-Vansant Burial Ground.

We thank you for your continued support and hope you consider making a donation to the Craven Hall Historical Society and John Fitch Steamboat Museum this holiday season.

Visit Bucks County #history #localhistory #buckscounty #historicbuckscounty #warminster

Craven Hall and the John Fitch Steamboat Museum have reopened for house tours. Please visit us on the second Sunday of every month. Face masks are required for entry. We thank you for your cooperation.

Did you know that Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? The Celts, who lived over 2,000 year...
10/31/2020

Did you know that Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? The Celts, who lived over 2,000 years ago, would wear costumes and light bonfires to ward off ghosts. They believed that on All Hallow's Eve, or the night before All Saints' Day, the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred, and on the night of October 31st, ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

In the 1840's, Irish immigrants fleeing the Potato Famine brought several Halloween traditions to America, including the jack-o-lantern (which they carved out of turnips!). Americans began to dress in costumes and ask for treats from their neighbors (which at the time also included money!). Between 1920 and 1950, trick-or-treating became even more popular as it was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share in the spooky celebration.

Happy Halloween from the Craven Hall Historical Society! Stay safe — and be scary! 🎃

#buckscounty #historicbuckscounty #localhistory #halloween #warminster

Has the pandemic forced you to work on home renovation projects? Have you painted any walls this summer? In Colonial Ame...
09/09/2020
Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century

Has the pandemic forced you to work on home renovation projects? Have you painted any walls this summer? In Colonial America, they couldn't stop at their nearest Lowes or Home Depot to pick up a can, so how did they make, and use, paint 200+ years ago?

Check out our latest blog article, Painting Your Home in 18th Century America, to learn more. We even included a paint recipe for you to try! 🎨

#buckscounty #localhistory #Warminster #historichomes

https://medium.com/craven-hall-historical-society/colonial-life-how-our-ancestors-lived-during-the-18th-century-21c995c6b8e2

Painting Your Home in 18th Century America

Our open house #tours will be resuming this September, just in time for you to plan your fall family activities! 🍂Stop b...
08/31/2020

Our open house #tours will be resuming this September, just in time for you to plan your fall family activities! 🍂

Stop by Craven Hall for a house and #museum tour, and learn about our #localhistory -- and don't forget your mask!

House tours take place the second Sunday of every month from 12pm-3pm.

#buckscounty #historicbuckscounty #history

Robin Robinson Bucks County Recorder of Deeds
08/12/2020

Robin Robinson Bucks County Recorder of Deeds

Visiting with Warminster this week!
#buckscounty #RecorderofDeeds #warminsterpa #cravenhallhistoricalsociety

Curious about what (and how!) our colonial ancestors ate during the 18th century? Then check out our latest blog article...
07/21/2020
Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century

Curious about what (and how!) our colonial ancestors ate during the 18th century? Then check out our latest blog article, Cooking and Dining in 18th Century America, where we discuss colonial cooking and tavern dining, and share a few 18th century recipes!

#buckscounty #localhistory #warminster #history #colonialamerica #colonialcooking

Cooking and Dining in 18th Century America

The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times covered Craven Hall Historical Society's partnerships with Libertas Con...
07/03/2020
18th century Craven Hall moves into 21st century with internet installation

The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times covered Craven Hall Historical Society's partnerships with Libertas Consulting and Low Voltage Nation, bringing high-speed, wireless internet to historic Craven Hall and the John Fitch Steamboat Museum!

The project, the first of its kind for Low Voltage Nation, would not have been possible without the donations and support of business owners near and far. More than $27,500 worth of supplies and materials were donated, along with installation labor, to help make this important modernization project possible. Cash donations from local supporters will also cover the cost of internet service for up to one year.

We cannot thank everyone who helped make this monumental project an enormous success!

Despite it being 2020, Craven Hall has only now entered into the 21st century! 😎

https://www.theintell.com/news/20200701/18th-century-craven-hall-moves-into-21st-century-with-internet-installation

For more information on our project, as well as all who donated, please visit our website: http://www.craven-hall.org/news/

Craven Hall Historical Society received help from multiple local and nationwide businesses to provide free internet access for the historic home and

Working on the farm on a hot summer day was commonplace for most during the 17th and 18th centuries. The type of work wa...
06/15/2020

Working on the farm on a hot summer day was commonplace for most during the 17th and 18th centuries. The type of work was determined by the season, and certain jobs were performed at the same time every year.

Those who farmed tobacco planted seeds in January and transplanted seedlings around May. The summer months were spent weeding and watering the tobacco plants to ensure good quality by the time they were harvested in September. Grains, like wheat, corn, and oats, required less time and were planted in early spring and harvested in July.

When not farming or raising crops, they repaired tools, fences, buildings, manured fields, and shipped the previous season’s grains to the markets.

#colonialhistory #historicbuckscounty #localhistory

Image: "Harvesting Tobacco," National Park Service

A huge thank you to Libertas Consulting and everyone who donated! Exciting details coming soon!!#historicbuckscounty #bu...
06/11/2020

A huge thank you to Libertas Consulting and everyone who donated! Exciting details coming soon!!

#historicbuckscounty #buckscounty #savelocalhistory

This is a BIG thank you to everyone involved in helping make our Craven Hall Historical Society project come to life this coming weekend. There are more than 45 individuals and organizations coming together to bring Technology to this project at $0 cost to the society. Special thanks to Low Voltage Nation for bringing together the #LVNGOLDSTANDARD team and to The Greater BucksMont Chamber of Commerce for putting us all together. Please stay tuned for details! Check out the story here: https://libertasllc.net/cravenhall

Looking to have some good, old-fashioned colonial fun? We are! Check out our latest blog article, "Popular Pastimes in 1...
05/27/2020
Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century

Looking to have some good, old-fashioned colonial fun? We are! Check out our latest blog article, "Popular Pastimes in 18th Century America," as part of our blog series, "Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century."

#localhistory #buckscounty #pahistory #warminster #colonialamerica

https://medium.com/craven-hall-historical-society/colonial-life-how-our-ancestors-lived-during-the-18th-century-8f6da3a19405

Popular Pastimes in 18th Century America

05/06/2020
Donate » Craven-Hall.org

When you donate to the Craven Hall Historical Society, you help fund our educational programs and displays that teach local students about history.

Please consider donating today. As always, we appreciate your support!

http://www.craven-hall.org/support/donate/

#localhistory #history #buckscounty

The Society is a non-profit 501c-3 corporation registered in Pennsylvania and your contribution is eligible as a tax deduction as allowed by law. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 2042, Warminster, PA 18974

Have you heard of the Battle of Crooked Billet? The battle, which occurred in Hatboro, Montgomery County (and was named ...
05/01/2020

Have you heard of the Battle of Crooked Billet? The battle, which occurred in Hatboro, Montgomery County (and was named after the Crooked Billet Tavern near present-day Lochel’s Bakery) on May 1, 1778, involved three regiments of the Pennsylvania militia, led by Brigadier General John Lacey, and The Queen’s Rangers, under the command of Major John Graves Simcoe.

Simcoe led a surprise attack against Lacey and his men (while they were sleeping), killing, wounding, and capturing over 20% of Lacey’s force. The #Continentals retreated into Warminster, #BucksCounty, but not until The Queen’s Rangers murdered prisoners of war and set fire to wounded Americans.

Below is a snippet from the Royal Pennsylvania Gazette dated May 5, 1778:
“About a mile beyond the Billet [the British] fell in with Lacey's brigade of militia, consisting of about 500 men, and immediately attacked them: Lacey, at first, made some appearance of opposition, but, in a few seconds, was thrown into confusion, obliged to retreat with precipitation, and were pursued about 4 miles. They left between 80-100 dead on the field; and on Friday, between 50-60 prisoners, besides waggoners, with 10 of their waggons loaded with baggage, flour, salt, whiskey, & were brought in by the troops on their return.”

Learn more about the #BattleofCrookedBillet during our next open house (which will hopefully be soon!).

#buckscountyhistory #localhistory #history #americanrevolution #historicwars

Just because you are stuck at home, doesn't mean you can't garden like a colonial in your backyard! Check out our latest...
04/21/2020
Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century

Just because you are stuck at home, doesn't mean you can't garden like a colonial in your backyard!

Check out our latest blog article on gardening in the 18th century. What is your favorite type of garden? One blossoming with beautiful flowers 🌺 , or one full of delightful fruits and veggies? 🌽

#localhistory #buckscounty #pennsylvania #history #colonialgardens #gardening #colonial

https://medium.com/@cravenhall/colonial-life-how-our-ancestors-lived-during-the-18th-century-8b04d86a1839

Gardening in 18th Century America

During the early 1700’s, the Pennsylvania Dutch (German settlers) introduced the fun holiday tradition of egg dying to c...
04/09/2020

During the early 1700’s, the Pennsylvania Dutch (German settlers) introduced the fun holiday tradition of egg dying to colonial America. They would use onion skins, cabbage leaves, cranberries, tree bark, and other natural dyes to color the eggs. The Easter Bunny, then called “Oschter Haws” for “Easter Hare,” also got its start in the 18th century thanks to the German Lutherans who settled here!

#easter #spring #holidays #colonialamerica #colonialtraditions #buckscounty #pennsylvaniahistory

Open house tours at Craven Hall and the John Fitch Steamboat Museum are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-...
03/21/2020

Open house tours at Craven Hall and the John Fitch Steamboat Museum are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope everyone stays safe during these turbulent times. We will see you all soon!

#buckscounty #history #localhistory #historicbuckscounty

Disappointed you can't go out and explore your favorite #historic places? Then check out our latest blog article about c...
03/19/2020
Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century

Disappointed you can't go out and explore your favorite #historic places? Then check out our latest blog article about childhood education in the 18th century! Have your children visualize themselves sitting in a colonial classroom -- or learning how to spin wool into yarn!

https://medium.com/@cravenhall/colonial-life-how-our-ancestors-lived-during-the-18th-century-88ca570f6324

#localhistory #buckscounty #history #colonialamerica #education

Education in 18th Century America

What did they eat in Colonial America? During the 17th and 18th centuries, a typical breakfast would consist of porridge...
03/09/2020

What did they eat in Colonial America? During the 17th and 18th centuries, a typical breakfast would consist of porridge or some bread, followed by meat, vegetables, and bread for lunch! Meat pies and stews were popular choices for dinner, and for dessert, baked pudding, trifle, and cookies!

At Craven Hall, we love educating the community about colonial life in America. Each month, we hold an open house that includes tours and open hearth cooking demonstrations. Plus, if you’re lucky, you may be able to sample some of what we make!

Why does #localhistory matter?For starters, it teaches us about our community. Locations and objects in our community, e...
02/19/2020

Why does #localhistory matter?

For starters, it teaches us about our community. Locations and objects in our community, even something as simple as a street, reflect our local heritage.

At Craven Hall, we are a center of learning. Local history comes alive in #historical societies and #museums -- and we are both! When you look at one of our #artifacts, or appreciate a historic document we have on display, we help create connections between the past and present.

Join us for one of our monthly open houses to learn more about local history.

02/04/2020

Please join the Craven Hall Historical Society for its monthly open house this Sunday from 12-3. Come learn more about local history and colonial life in America through house tours and open hearth cooking demonstrations.

This weekend, we are also celebrating President’s Day, so be sure to bring your young historians for a hands-on activity and meet-and-greet with none other than Abraham Lincoln!

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/warminster/calendar/event/20200209/756260/abraham-lincoln-to-celebrate-his-211th-birthday-at-craven-hall

The Craven Hall Historical Society now has a blog! Check out our first article, How to Cook (and Drink!) Like a Colonial...
01/30/2020
Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century

The Craven Hall Historical Society now has a blog! Check out our first article, How to Cook (and Drink!) Like a Colonial, as part of our blog series, Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century

https://medium.com/@cravenhall/colonial-life-how-our-ancestors-lived-during-the-18th-century-279d78a1b44e

More articles to come, including posts featuring Colonial recipes!

Stay up to date on the latest articles by visiting this link: https://medium.com/@cravenhall

How to Cook (and Drink!) Like a Colonial

Jacob's Ladder (the folding blocks in the center of this image) is one of the most ancient and famous #folk toys, dating...
01/27/2020

Jacob's Ladder (the folding blocks in the center of this image) is one of the most ancient and famous #folk toys, dating back to at least 1352 B.C.

The toy was incredibly popular during the 18th century and was one of the only toys children could play with on Sundays. It was named after the biblical ladder to heaven mentioned in the Book of Genesis.

Other popular toys included hoops, kites, jump ropes, and spinning tops.

Visit #Craven Hall to learn more about #colonial life in #America.

Please join us on Sunday, December 8 from 12-4pm for our annual holiday open house, featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Be sur...
11/25/2019

Please join us on Sunday, December 8 from 12-4pm for our annual holiday open house, featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Be sure to bring your camera!

Tours for all, plus cookie decorating for the kids!

This is a free event, but donations are always appreciated.

Happy Holidays from the Craven Hall Historical Society!

#buckscounty #holidays #santa #photoswithsanta #historicbuckscounty #localhistory

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Craven Hall is a historical home located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The site was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home was so named, in the 20th century, when the building was used as a school. The oldest section of the home was built in the late 18th century. The property was purchased from Giles Craven by Harmon Vansant in 1798. The Vansant family then made it their home from 1799 to 1871. The Craven Hall Historical Society owns and operates Craven Hall, the John Fitch Steamboat Museum, and the Craven/Vansant burial ground. The Historical Society is a non-profit organization that is registered in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Great article!
Craven Hall and the John Fitch Steamboat Museum are open for tours the second Sunday of each month between 12 and 3pm.