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Black Horse Inn, Flourtown, PA

The Black Horse Inn

Drawing of the inn by local artist Sally Yates. Click picture for enlargement.

First stop on the Philadelphia-to-Bethlehem stagecoach line was the Black Horse Inn (a.k.a. Black Horse Tavern) located at 1432 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, Pennsylvania. The original structure is reported to have been built in the mid eighteenth century. The first section served farmer, lime-carrier, and traveler, and later, stagecoach passengers. With the growth of trade and travel, the inn was expanded in the early nineteenth century. Prior to 1840 it was known as the Sampson and the Lion. The McCloskey family owned the inn from 1880 through 1990, for three generations. It was a stop for farmers, when grain was taken to the local flourmills in Flourtown, and later used for meetings of the Society for the Apprehension of Horse Thieves, township commissioners, voting and horse trading. Until about 1980, cattle grazed on the lawn next door, part of the inn's property.

What's New

Black Horse Inn Tour, Auction and Banquet, Friday, September 30, 2011

Pictures, September 2011

Heritage Day: pictures, essays, video, press

Don Mitchell Receives Award

Virtual Tour, 2008

Black Horse Inn Timeline (1988-2008)

In the News

Black Horse Inn Supporters Seek Funds to Complete Renovations August 9, 2011

Springfield Township receives 2010 Acorn Award for Black Horse Inn - Springfield Sun - Montgomery News November 19, 2010

Heritage Day at the Black Horse Inn September 25, 2008

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Major Grants and Fundraising Efforts

$500,000 PA Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Read more

$25,000 raised at Soirée Read more

$85,000 Keystone Preservation Grant. Read more

$500,000 Capital Assistance Grant. Read more

$150,000 Save America's Treasures grant. Read more

Representative Lawrence Curry Presents $500,000 State Grant for Historic Black Horse Inn Read more...

Photo © Don Mitchell
From left, Bill Mebane (Black Horse Inn Advisory Committee member), Dick Meyer (Chair Construction Subcommittee & Friends of Historic Bethlehem Pike, Friends Board Member), James Mascaro (Chair BHIAC), Sen. Vince Hughes, Bob Gillies (Twp. Commissioner), Rep. Larry Curry, Ellen Manning (Founding Board Member of Friends), Kathleen Lunn (Twp. Commissioner), Cindy Hamilton (BHIAC member) w/ son, Jane Roberts (former Twp. Commissioner & Friends Board Member). In rear, Andrew Glendinning (BHIAC member) and Don Mitchell (Friends President & Board Member) w/ daughter.
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CommitteeCommittee MissionCommittee LeadContact Information
Public RelationsDevelop and execute PR campaign to raise public awareness of Black Horse Inn restoration activities and their progress.Don Mitchell(215) 651-4280
FundraisingSpearhead campaigns and events to raise money, materials, and volunteers for the activities necessary to restore the BHI.John Alviti((215) 233-2401
UseSolicit and review requests for potential occupants of a restored BHI. Will make final recommendation of potential occupants.Peter Wilson(215) 233-1488
Contractor CoordinationDevelop, coordinate, and execute plan for all BHI construction and restoration activities.Andrew Glendinning(215) 836-2636