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.
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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.

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

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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!

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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

Please join us this Sunday from 12-3 for our monthly open house featuring pumpkin treats and open hearth cooking! What b...
11/07/2019

Please join us this Sunday from 12-3 for our monthly open house featuring pumpkin treats and open hearth cooking!

What better way to spend a chilly Sunday?!

#historicbuckscounty #buckscounty

Bring your running shoes and join us TOMORROW for our annual 5K run and health walk!!
10/19/2019

Bring your running shoes and join us TOMORROW for our annual 5K run and health walk!!

Join us this Sunday from 12pm-3pm for a special open house featuring fresh apples (from our very own apple trees!), and ...
10/07/2019
Apple Harvest Time & “Back to School" - The 19th Century Edition

Join us this Sunday from 12pm-3pm for a special open house featuring fresh apples (from our very own apple trees!), and "Back to School" activities for our elementary school-aged friends!

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/warminster/calendar/event/20191013/662178/apple-harvest-time-back-to-school-the-19th-century-edition

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One of our supporters snapped this photo of a rainbow leading to Craven Hall! Talk about a "pot of gold" at the end of t...
07/09/2019

One of our supporters snapped this photo of a rainbow leading to Craven Hall!

Talk about a "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow! 🌈

Join us this Sunday from 12pm-3pm for our monthly open house for museum tours of both Craven Hall and the John Fitch Ste...
07/09/2019
July Open House and Museum Tours

Join us this Sunday from 12pm-3pm for our monthly open house for museum tours of both Craven Hall and the John Fitch Steamboat Museum!

Check out the latest community post from one of your neighbors. (The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.)

Join us this Memorial Day at the Craven Vansant Burying Ground at 7:30am for a special ceremony conducted by the local V...
05/21/2019
Craven Hall Historical Society Honor Guard Memorial Day Ceremony

Join us this Memorial Day at the Craven Vansant Burying Ground at 7:30am for a special ceremony conducted by the local VFW Post 6493 of Warminster.

The burying ground is located on Newtown Road behind the Fox Run Apartments.

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/warminster/calendar/event/20190527/565010/craven-hall-historical-society-honor-guard-memorial-day-ceremony

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Mother's Day Open House Tours
05/08/2019
Mother's Day Open House Tours

Mother's Day Open House Tours

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Join us this Mother's Day, May 12, for our monthly open house!After you take your mother to brunch to celebrate her love...
05/07/2019

Join us this Mother's Day, May 12, for our monthly open house!

After you take your mother to brunch to celebrate her love, stop by Craven Hall from 12-3pm to tour one of Bucks County's beautiful, historic houses. From open hearth cooking to museum displays, there's always something to see at Craven Hall.

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05/01/2019
Craven Hall Open House

Every second Sunday of each month, join the Craven Hall Historical Society for an open house! We offer tours from 12pm-3pm and are always looking for volunteers to join the Craven Hall family! Want to learn more? Visit our website today or stop by during an open house: http://www.craven-hall.org/
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#localhistory #buckscounty #historicbuckscounty #warminster #southampton #history #pennsylvania

Why not top off your weekend with a tour of historic Craven Hall? Join us tomorrow from 12pm-3pm for our monthly open ho...
04/14/2019

Why not top off your weekend with a tour of historic Craven Hall? Join us tomorrow from 12pm-3pm for our monthly open house!

04/08/2019

The John Fitch Steamboat Museum is happy to announce a 453-square foot expansion, doubling the size of the existing museum!

The addition, to be named John Fitch Hall, will provide space for a presentation room with state-of-the-art audio/visual capability, along with additional museum displays. The new John Fitch Hall will be made available to other local historical organizations to help spread the rich local history in our community.

The Board of the John Fitch Steamboat Museum, Inc. extends deep appreciation for Mr. Harding Lindhult, Vice President of the museum, for his vision and financial support that has made this expansion and modernization possible.

A special thank you to Visit Bucks County and other donors for contributions made to the expansion project.
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#DidYouKnow that a nearby historic cemetery, containing the graves of several notable locals dating back to the late 18t...
03/18/2019

#DidYouKnow that a nearby historic cemetery, containing the graves of several notable locals dating back to the late 18th century, is preserved and maintained by the Craven Hall Historical Society?

The burying ground, the final resting place for more than 50 men and women connected to our local history, is located adjacent to the Fox Run Apartments on Newtown Road in Warminster.
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While we don't know the exact date of when Craven Hall was initially constructed, the architectural detail and tax recor...
03/12/2019

While we don't know the exact date of when Craven Hall was initially constructed, the architectural detail and tax records indicate that it was built between the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

Find out more by joining us for one of our monthly open houses (the second Sunday of every month), or by visiting our website for more information! Private tours are also available by appointment. http://craven-hall.org

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The Craven Hall Historical Society is pleased to announce that President Abraham Lincoln will visit us on Sunday, Februa...
02/09/2019

The Craven Hall Historical Society is pleased to announce that President Abraham Lincoln will visit us on Sunday, February 10th from noon till 3:00PM to celebrate his 210th birthday. We will serve special colonial cookies baked on our open hearth and our younger friends can participate in an Abraham Lincoln craft session!

Craven Hall and the John Fitch Steamboat Museum will also be open for tours.

#localhistory #buckscounty #historicbuckscounty #abelincoln

02/05/2019
Warminster Live

Warminster Live

Abraham Lincoln will visit the Craven Hall Historical Society on Newtown Road in Warminster Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon to 3 p.m. to celebrate his 210th birthday. Cookies will be baked in the home's hearth, and there will be some activities for the kids. Craven Hall and the John Fitch Steamboat Museum will be open for tours. https://www.facebook.com/events/362345194355116/

The Warminster Historical Society
01/30/2019

The Warminster Historical Society

Mark your calendars, we look forward to our speaking event with Heritage Conservancy President Jeff Marshall at Craven Hall Historical Society

Pre-registration is required, please click the link for registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/TqPXBj5ChqlAPcTf1

You can also visit our website at www.warminsterhistory.org

Thank you for your support,
The Warminster Historical Society

#DidYouKnow that Centennial School District PA used Craven Hall as a junior high school, followed by administrative offi...
01/28/2019

#DidYouKnow that Centennial School District PA used Craven Hall as a junior high school, followed by administrative offices, in the mid-1900s?

Plus, we have a great educational display on local schools! Be sure to stop by at our next open house to take a look!
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#localhistory #history #historicbuckscounty #localschools #education

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! The holiday rush is over, so be sure to stop by for our n...
01/03/2019

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

The holiday rush is over, so be sure to stop by for our next open house scheduled for Sunday, January 13! We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us today for our annual #holiday #openhouse from 12-4pm! Be sure to bring the kids... #SantaClaus is at Craven Hall...
12/09/2018

Join us today for our annual #holiday #openhouse from 12-4pm! Be sure to bring the kids... #SantaClaus is at Craven Hall!
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#localhistory #Warminster #southampton #christmas #happyholidays #santa #historicbuckscounty

12/07/2018

Join us this Sunday from 12pm-4pm for our annual holiday open house! We'll have house tours, open hearth cooking, and holiday crafts!

Be sure to bring the kids -- Santa Claus is coming... to Craven Hall! 🎅

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to Craven Hall yesterday! We welcomed over 70 guests for our beer tasting even...
11/12/2018

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to Craven Hall yesterday! We welcomed over 70 guests for our beer tasting event and fundraiser. A special thank you to Moss Mill Brewing Company for brewing "Craven" a Porter and for their very generous donations!

If you find yourself "Craven" a beer, be sure to stop by Moss Mill!
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#buckscounty #craftbeer #drinklocal #localhistory

"CRAVEN" A PORTER: Join us for a beer tasting event TODAY at Craven Hall from 12pm-4pm.Delicious porter brewed by local ...
11/11/2018

"CRAVEN" A PORTER: Join us for a beer tasting event TODAY at Craven Hall from 12pm-4pm.

Delicious porter brewed by local craft brewery Moss Mill Brewing Company.

Recommended donation: $3/6oz pour.

Please join us at the Warminster Library tomorrow for Warminster History Day! Between 12-1pm, Craven Hall Historical Soc...
10/26/2018

Please join us at the Warminster Library tomorrow for Warminster History Day!

Between 12-1pm, Craven Hall Historical Society's president, Erik Fleischer, will be doing a presentation on John Fitch and the steamboat. You don't want to miss it!

TOMORROW is the big day - WARMINSTER HISTORY DAY!

It will be a fun-filled day with activities for the whole family including historical oral histories, face painting, crafts, and refreshments. Come and learn about the historical treasures of local societies and the rich history of our township. We will be compiling a documentary in which Warminster residents can share their stories about living in Warminster.

We would like to thank our sponsors and everyone who helped make the event possible.
- Warminster Township Free Library
- Johnsville Centrifuge & Science Museum
- Craven Hall Historical Society
- William Tennent House
- Southeastern PA Cold War Historical Society
- Luria Visuals
- Jim’s Soft Pretzels

We look forward to seeing you at the Warminster Library 11am-3pm!

Thank you for your support,
The Warminster Historical Society

Our 23rd Annual Crooked Billet 5K Run and Health Walk is well underway! Thank you to all of our runners, sponsors, and v...
10/20/2018

Our 23rd Annual Crooked Billet 5K Run and Health Walk is well underway! Thank you to all of our runners, sponsors, and volunteers!
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#5k #healthwalk #fundraiser #buckscounty #historicbuckscounty

Be sure to sign up for our monthly eNewsletters to learn about upcoming events, open house tours, and fundraisers. Our O...
10/16/2018
Craven Hall Historical Society Monthly Newsletter

Be sure to sign up for our monthly eNewsletters to learn about upcoming events, open house tours, and fundraisers.

Our October newsletter discusses this Saturday's annual 5K run and health walk, as well as our collaboration with Moss Mill Brewing Company!

https://mailchi.mp/deef36fc4ef5/craven-hall-historical-society-monthly-newsletter

Welcome to Craven Hall Historical Society's monthly email subscription. Here we'll discuss upcoming open house tours, events, fundraisers, and more. As always, please be sure to visit us every second Sunday of the month from 12:00pm-3:00pm for free tours, including open hearth demonstrations (Spring...

Craven Hall Historical Society is now on AmazonSmile! When you select Craven Hall Historical Society on AmazonSmile's we...
10/15/2018
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Moss Mill Brewing Company
10/12/2018

Moss Mill Brewing Company

Thank you @historiccravenhall for brewing with us this morning!! 🍻

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Craven Hall Historical Society teamed up with Moss Mill Brewing Company to brew a delicious porter! More information on ...
10/12/2018

Craven Hall Historical Society teamed up with Moss Mill Brewing Company to brew a delicious porter! More information on a tasting event and fundraiser coming soon!!
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At Craven Hall, we have hundreds of unique artifacts in our collections, from items like plates and paintings, to histor...
10/10/2018

At Craven Hall, we have hundreds of unique artifacts in our collections, from items like plates and paintings, to historic diaries, journals, books, and more. There's always something new to discover -- and learn!

10/08/2018
A Brief Tour of Craven Hall

Craven Hall, located at the intersection of Street and Newtown Roads in Warminster, Pennsylvania, is a stately historic home built in stages between 1790 and 1845. The house sits on a plot of land that was originally part of an over 550 acre land grant from William Penn to William Bingley in 1681. William Stockdale acquired the land and sold 151 acres to James Craven. From that point on, Craven Hall welcomed numerous residents, including the Vansant, Bennett, and Lojeske families. The historic structure would eventually be used as a junior high school by Centennial School District.

Craven Hall has so many wonderful things to offer, from unique 18th and 19th century artifacts, to educational displays on early schools and the Battle of Crooked Billet. Today, the Craven Hall Historical Society maintains the house and its vast historic collections while also providing tours to the public and local school students.

For more information, visit our website: http://www.craven-hall.org/

Address

Street And Newtown Rd
Warminster, PA
18974

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Opening Hours

Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(215) 675-4698

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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.