One hundred thirty-five years ago the Old Library by Lake Afton was built and a large part of Yardley’s legacy was born. The building was used as a community library until 1977. To ensure that the “carpenter” Gothic style landmark would last for generations to come the Yardley Historical Association was formed in 1964.
And, to this day the YHA focuses their efforts on sponsoring a variety of educational programs, historic tours, children’s events and, of course, the preservation of the building and its collections of primary and secondary materials, including maps, photographs, newspapers, letters, deeds, and ephemera, related to the Yardley area.
Local history and special interest topics are featured at general membership meetings held at 7:30pm on the fourth Thursday of October, April and May. 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 historic library is used as the Association’s headquarters and may be rented for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, christenings and other very special events. Visit their website to learn more about renting this beautiful landmark for your special event.
The Yardley Historical Association, caretakers of the 1878 building and its collections, invites you to explore their site at www.yardleyhistory.org and find out how you can take advantage of what the Old Library has to offer.
Consider becoming a member so that The Old Library by Lake Afton can last another 135 year and beyond!