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Source: Press Release
Date: October 21, 2005
Byline: Ellen Manning

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


Flourtown, PA – Representative Lawrence Curry (D-Montgomery) presented a $500,000 state grant today to the further preservation and conservation efforts at the historic Black Horse Inn along Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown, PA.

The funds are part of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program authorized by Governor Rendell and administered through the office of the Secretary of the Budget. The program provides state grant funding for regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.

In announcing the grant, Representative Curry reiterated the Inn's importance to the overall revitalization of Bethlehem Pike and praised the unified restoration effort of the local community groups, elected officials and appointed advisory committee.

"The credit here belongs with the community groups who have sustained this effort from the beginning," Rep. Curry said. "I'm just happy to be able to help."

The Friends of Historic Bethlehem Pike, the Springfield Township Historical Society, the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners and members of the Black Horse Inn Advisory Committee have worked hard over the past year to raise public awareness as well as funds to restore the Inn.

"Representative Curry saw that the effort was strong within the community and has really come through with his support," said Don Mitchell, president of the Friends of Historic Bethlehem Pike. "And because the funds are matching they will play a key role in helping the overall effort raise the remaining dollars needed for the restoration."

Curry said the project is part of a major revitalization program local groups and officials are planning for Old Bethlehem Pike.

"This project is vitally important to the economic growth of Springfield Township and is one that I have been working hard for several years to secure funding for," Curry said. "The Black Horse Inn is one of the area's most historic landmarks, and I am pleased to have been able to support the efforts to preserve it. This state grant funding ensures that the project will become a reality."

Built in 1744, the Black Horse Inn served as a stagecoach stop for travelers and workers traveling between the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. Given the historic significance of the structure, local organizations and preservation advocates from across the state have expressed the importance of saving and restoring this local landmark, Curry said.

For more information please contact Ellen Manning at 215-233-2134.