South Main Street, Cullen House, c. 1920.

Trolley Incline on Nutt Road, early 1900s.

Vanderslice Carriage & Horse Shoeing at Church & Bridge Streets, c. 1900.

Wilson's Corner, c. 1900.

166 Bridge Street, late 1800s.

Borough Hall, c. 1940s.

Phoenixville Hospital, c. 1900.

Black Rock train tunnel, c. 1890s.

Farmers & Mechanics Bank, c. 1915.

Heine Boiler delivery to Silk Mill, Franklin Street, c. 1908.

First Gay Street Bridge, c. 1902.

Aerial view of Reeves Estate, c. 1938.

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area

204 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

hspa@verizon.net   610-935-7646

www.hspa-pa.org   or   www.phoenixvillehistoricalsociety.org





Easter Holiday Hours

Because the Easter Holiday falls on the first Sunday of April, the HSPA Museum and Archives will be closed on Sunday, April 5, 2015.  HSPA will be open on Friday, April 3, 2015, from 9 am to 3 pm and will resume regular hours on Wednesdays and Fridays after Easter Sunday. 

Next Meeting

Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust Conference Center at 564 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460.   Our speaker will be announced at a later date. 

Special Exhibit 

The next special exhibit  called "Meet Me Downtown" opened on the First Friday in December 2014 and will run through March of 2015.  The exciting exhibit is about rare photos and artifacts of people, businesses, parades, and advertising from a bygone age in Phoenixville.


Next Special Exhibit

The next special exhibit will open on First Friday, April 3, 2015, and will be on Majolica: Phoenixville's Victorian Art.  It will be on the history of the pottery manufactured in Phoenixville from 1867 to 1902.  

Museum Hours  

The Museum is free and open all year to the public (except on holidays or when the Phoenixville schools are closed for inclement weather) on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 am and 3 pm and the first Sunday of each month between 1 pm and 4 pm.  The Society's hours on First Fridays is also from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Please note that the research library is not open on First Friday evenings.  The entrance to the Museum is on Church Street and is handicap accessible.

Museum Information  

Please click here to link to a page in this web site about our Museum.  The Society has information about local genealogy, history, old local newspapers on microfilm and CDs, information as well as an extensive collection of old photographs of Phoenix Iron Co., old buildings and homes, people, and Phoenixville, yearbooks from Phoenixville High School, many historical artifacts, a Phoenix Steel Column, and over 300 pieces of Etruscan Majolica. 

The Museum has an interesting collection on display of Griffen, Smith & Hill Etruscan Majolica.  Etruscan Majolica was made in Phoenixville from 1879 to 1890 when a fire destroyed the plant.


Our quarterly meetings are held in March, June, September, and December on a Wednesday evening starting at 7:30 pm.  Our annual dinner meeting is held in September.  All meetings are free and open to Society members and their friends as well as to the general public.  We have guest speakers at our meetings.  Lite refreshments are served after the quarterly meetings. 

Please Click Here to view a list of past Society speakers.


Our newsletter is published quarterly and contains articles of local historical interest as well as news of the Society's activities, membership, and local events.

Members of the Society

Members receive a newsletter and may conduct free research at the Society library and museum and obtain a discount on purchases of old maps, photographs, books, and historical items.  In addition, members may attend special members only events and talks.

Members Only Upcoming Events

April 19, 2015, at 2 pm, Jack Ertell will present a talk on the History of the Phoenixville Schools.

May 2015 at a date to be announced at a later date, the Society will host a Walking Tour of the Historic North side of Phoenixville.

June 12, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm, members may attend and purchase items at the Summer Flea Market Preview Sale.  The Summer Flea Market will be on Saturday, June 13, and it will be open to the public.

Pictures & Items For Sale  

The Society has for sale at reasonable prices old photos, old local maps, books about the area and history such as the Civil War, ceramic tiles with local historical drawings on them, old calendars with pictures of local buildings and scenes, and artifacts of local historical interest.  Please contact the Society for all details. 


You may follow the Society on Facebook.  Please click to link to our Facebook site.  You may also follow the Society on Twitter at hashtag @HisSocPville.  Please click to link to Phoenixville.Patch.com that is a local web site about Phoenixville news, events, meetings, and community announcements. 


Looking West on Bridge Street in the 1950s


A 1914 post card of the Phoenix Iron Co. along the French Creek.


A 1960s aerial photo of Phoenixville, PA


A 2012 photo of a gear from Phoenix Steel Co. near the Foundry Building.  The bridge in the background is over the French Creek.  It is made with Phoenix Columns.


A 2012 photo of the French Creek and Dam near the Foundry Building.


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