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Marple Historical Society

Marple Historical Society

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Why is Marple in Delaware County? The Battle of Turks Head

Following the American Revolution, a civil war took place in Chester County. The county seat was the town of Chester, on the Delaware River, equally inconvenient to everyone in the huge county other than the locals.

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The Cirminello Quads of Broomall

Joe and Kathleen Cirminello went to the hospital on November 1, 1944 forewarned – she was likely carrying twins. Dr. John Ullery at Philadelphia Lying-In Hospital decided to perform a C section, and what he saw surprised him: “I never saw so many hands and feet in my life!”

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Miss America…in Broomall!

Pennsylvania has had five Miss Americas, but only one of them lived in Broomall for 33 years.

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Ratifying the U.S. Constitution

Each September we recognize Constitution Day, September 17th, to celebrate the U.S. Constitution. Over four months…

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The West Chester Trolley

Photos courtesy of Marple Historical Society  West Chester Pike has been a witness to the…

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Marple Newtown High School Yearbooks Saved!

By Doug Humes Photos courtesy of Marple Historical Society By virtue of being involved in…

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History of the “Blue Route”

Photos courtesy of Newtown Square Historical Society Marple was a country crossroads for much of…

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Howard Johnson’s in Broomall

Howard Johnson of Boston opened up a restaurant in Quincy, Massachusetts, specializing in ice cream, hamburgers and hot dogs.

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George Brooke Lindsay

My daily commute takes me to the traffic light at Sproul and Marple Roads, where I have time to ponder the residents of the Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

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Preserving the Lincoln Banner

During the contentious election of 1860, with four candidates running for President, each candidate’s backers…

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The Underground Railroad in Marple

While the Pennsylvania  Railroad branch did not start until 1894, Marple had a very active railroad prior to the Civil War: the Underground Railroad.

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An Early Preservation Success Story

The Lawrence family (for whom Lawrence Park was named) lived for generations at the confluence of Darby Creek, West Chester Pike, and Lawrence Road, on the border between Marple and Haverford townships.

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