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Heritage Day at the Black Horse Inn, September 28, 2008


Thank you to all who helped to make the event a great success! Thank you to all who attended! Thank you in advance for the needed support to finish the restoration efforts!

Photos and Videos

Write-up from the Historical Society

Press Coverage

Winning Essays

Display Boards


Here is the original program for the day

Carolinn Skyler playing the glass armonica (invented by Ben Franklin)

Carl Closs portraying General George Washington

Noah Lewis portraying Ned Hector

Town crier Rich LaLena

NPS Park Ranger Joe Becton, will portray Samuel D. Burns, a conductor on the Underground Railroad

September 28, 2008, 2-5:30pm

Visitors to "Heritage Day at the Black Horse Inn" on Sunday, September 28, will have an opportunity to go inside the building at 1432 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown. There, they will have an opportunity to look around the first floor, be entertained by an armonica player, receive information and view displays about the project to restore the inn.

Festivities will focus on the colonial history of the Springfield Township area and will include crafts projects for children, re-enactors portraying historic figures, music, a parade and speeches.

The inn, parts of which date back to the 18th century, is being restored with funds from private donors and state and federal grants. The inn served as the first stop on the Philadelphia-to-Bethlehem stagecoach line and later served as a stop for farmers taking grain to local mills and for meetings of the Society for the Apprehension of Horse Thieves, township commissioners, voting and horse-trading.

Owned for many years by the McCloskey family, the Black Horse Inn was sold in 1990. The building was scheduled for demolition and then relocation before the plans for restoration got underway. "Heritage Day at the Black Horse Inn" is planned as a celebration of the completion of the exterior renovations and to thank all township residents, including donors, before fund-raising begins for completion of the interior.

The Black Horse Inn is now owned by Springfield Township and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scheduled from 2 until 5:30 p.m., the free fun day will take place rain or shine and will include colonial and Native American craft- and toy- making activities for children and concerts of colonial era music and instruments, such as the armonica, an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin and played at Heritage Day by Carolinn Skyler. A living history portrayal of Revolutionary War hero Ned Hector will be given by Noah Lewis, while Joe Becton will appear in 19th century-style clothing as Samuel D. Burns, a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Rich Lalena, the official town crier for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and historic sites such as The Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia (Carpenters' Hall), will ring in the celebration. Local restaurants will provide food. Guest speakers will include State Rep. Lawrence Curry, a former history teacher, who will give a talk on Bethlehem Pike's connection to the Battle of Germantown, which took place in the fall of 1777, and Springfield Township Historical Society president Ed Zwicker, who will speak on the history of inns along Bethlehem Pike.

An essay contest for some students at Springfield High School and Springfield Middle School is planned in conjunction with Heritage Day. Winners will be presented with awards by Rep. Curry at Heritage Day. Comments by the speakers will be preceded by a parade of children wearing colonial hats led by the re-enactors. The parade route will be along Bethlehem Pike, between Wissahickon and Bysher Avenues. The right northbound lane on the pike between those streets will be closed to traffic during Heritage Day for safety reasons.

Both the Springfield High School and Springfield Middle School band musicians will play during the day.

Parking for Heritage Day visitors will be available at the Bysher ball fields, in the back parking lot of the Walgreen's/Liquor Store shopping center and at Beneficial Bank, Bethlehem Pike and Wissahickon Ave. "Heritage Day at the Black Horse Inn" is being planned by the Springfield Township Historical Society, the Friends of Historic Bethlehem Pike and the Black Horse Inn Advisory Committee. For more information, call 215-233-4600.


2:00Welcome to Heritage Day at the Black Horse Inn
2:152:25Springfield Township Middle School Band
2:252:40Springfield Township Commissioner Doug Heller
Introduces George Washington (Carl Closs)
Speaking about the Philadelphia Campaign
3:404:00James Mascaro, Chair, Black Horse Inn Advisory Committee,
Introduces Ed Zwicker, of the Springfield Township Historical Society,
Speaking on Inns along Bethlehem Pike
4:305:15• Springfield Township Commissioner President Jeff Harbison introduction of
• U. S. Representative Allyson Schwartz
• Former Springfield Township Commissioner Marc Perry introduction of
• PA State Representative Lawrence Curry (to speak on the role of Germantown during the Revolution)
• Presentation of Awards to Springfield Middle and High School Essay Contest Winners by PA State Representative Lawrence Curry
• High School Essay Contest Winner to read the winning entry
5:155:30Springfield Township High School Band

* Schedule subject to change

On-going activities

Musicians, Reenactors

Thank You to...

The Springfield Township Historical Society, The Friends of Historic Bethlehem Pike and The Black Horse Inn Advisory wish to thank the following organizations and vendors for their generous help and donations.

We would also like to thank the many individuals who have contributed so much of their time and talent to make this event possible!