Celebrate ‘An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Yardley’

The Old Library by Lake Afton will be dressed for the holidays as the Yardley Historical Association celebrates “An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Yardley” with two events, a Community Open House on Saturday, December 5th, from 2:00 to 5:00pm, and a Holiday Gathering on Sunday, December 6th, at 5:30pm.

As the crowds flock to Main Street for Yardley’s annual parade on December 5th, visitors will be welcomed to an Open House at the Old Library to enjoy a layout of working model trains that will remind visitors of the railroad’s role in Yardley’s history. Homemade cookies and mulled cider will be served, and “Yardley presents” will be ready for purchase.

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Walking tour of Yardley is Sept. 27th

A guided walking tour of downtown Yardley will be sponsored by the Yardley Historical Association on Sunday, September 27th at 2:00pm. The tour will begin at the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Avenue. Come see how Yardley has changed during the last five centuries. Yardley Historical Association member Charlie Thomforde will lead a leisurely one-hour walk through the center of Yardley.

The town of today retains much of its original character, and it illustrates how it has changed from a single gristmill on Brock Creek to a thriving, diverse community.

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‘Float Your Boat’ with YHA on Aug. 15th

Come make a boat and float it on Yardley’s Lake Afton on Saturday, August 15th from 10:00am until noon. Environmentally friendly materials will be waiting for creative boat builders, young and old, at the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Avenue. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own materials, too.

After the boats are constructed, they will be launched onto Lake Afton to test their seaworthiness. Spectators are welcome to view this flotilla of creativity.

Float Your Boat, sponsored by the Yardley Historical Association, is a free activity, but donations toward the maintenance of the Old Library are appreciated.

For more information about the Association’s programs and events, visit yardleyhistory.org, e-mail info@yardleyhistory.org or call 215-369-1479.

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Yardley Historical Association to host a special presentation at the Old Library by Lake Afton

The Yardley Historical Association will host a special presentation, “Samuel D. Burris Speaks – the Tales of an Underground Railroad Conductor” on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. The free event will be held in the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Avenue in Yardley.

Meet a conductor on the Underground Railroad. In an engaging program about the route to freedom, actor Joe Becton appears in 19th century-style garb as Samuel D. Burris, a free African American who helped many escape slavery. Using first person narration, Burris discusses the origins of the Underground Railroad and Philadelphia’s key role in its development. Burris also shares his life story and adventures, including his decision to migrate to California.

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The Yardley Historical Association and The Old Library by Lake Afton

The Yardley Historical Association strives to preserve one of Bucks County’s most scenic landmarks – the Old Library by Lake Afton. The Victorian-style structure was built in 1878 as the library for the community of Yardley. It served in that capacity until 1977, when the books were moved to the new public library in Lower Makefield Township.

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