The Old Library by Lake Afton, with its Victorian steep gable roof and tall arched windows, is the picturesque and historic heart of Yardley. Built in 1878 to serve as the town library, it provided reading and research materials for residents until 1977 when a much larger branch of the Bucks County Library was constructed outside of town in Lower Makefield Township.
In 1977, the Yardley Historical Association assumed responsibility for the preservation and maintenance of the Old Library by Lake Afton.
It is used as the Association’s headquarters and houses a collection of primary and secondary materials, including maps, photographs, newspapers, letters, deeds, and ephemera, related to the Yardley area. Public use of the collection is available through appointment by calling 215-493-6625.
A variety of activities and educational programs are sponsored by the YHA each year.
Local history and special interest topics are featured at general membership meetings.
Seasonal events take place in June and December. The public is invited to all general meetings and special programs.
The Association also conducts tours of historic Yardley and provides speakers for school and community groups. The Old Library also may be rented for showers, weddings, and other events.
Come visit the Old Library by Lake Afton and be awed by the beauty of its architecture and its setting. Inside you will find a warm welcome and fascinating information.
The Yardley Historical Association invites you to become a member and help preserve one of Bucks County’s treasures.
For more info visit www.yardleyhistory.org.