The Yardley Historical Association and The Old Library by Lake Afton

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!

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The Yardley Historical Association and The Old Library by Lake Afton

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!

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An Ornamental Christmas, Shiny and Bright

The Old Library by Lake Afton will be dressed in its holiday best as the Yardley Historical Association celebrates “An Ornamental Christmas, Shiny and Bright.”  This year’s festivities include two events.   A Community Open House will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 5 p.m., and there will be a Holiday Covered Dish Dinner on Sunday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m.

As the crowds flock to Main Street for Yardley’s annual parade on December 7, visitors will be welcomed to an Open House at the Old Library to enjoy the spectacle of a tall spruce tree decorated as it would have been in the early 1900’s with German figural glass ornaments, candles, and tinsel.   A layout of working model trains will lend its charm and remind visitors of the railroad’s role in Yardley’s history.

Homemade cookies and mulled cider will be served, and, for those who have “Yardley presents” on their lists, a variety of items will be available for purchase, including Old Library tote bags, tea towels, wine glasses, notepaper, and Yardley, the Images of America book by Vince Profy that contains old photographs of the town and its people.                                 

The Holiday Covered Dish Dinner on Sunday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. is a perfect chance to share holiday cheer with neighbors and meet new friends.  Please bring along your favorite six-serving covered dish and enjoy sampling the offerings of your fellow great cooks.  Plates, utensils, and beverages will be provided. The evening’s entertainment is always a surprise.  

Both “Ornamental Christmas” activities will be held in the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Avenue, Yardley.  Proceeds will benefit the Historical Association’s efforts to maintain the Victorian library building and its collection of books, documents, and ephemera related to Yardley’s history.

For more information about the Association’s activities, please visit www.yardleyhistory.org, e-mail info@yardleyhistory.org or call 215-369-1479.

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Meet the Bunny March 23rd

Meet the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00am to noon at the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Avenue in Yardley.  The Bunny and his helpers will be ready to play and provide free photos, Easter treats, and plenty of hippity-hoppity fun. 

This opportunity to meet with the Bunny is sponsored by the Yardley Historical Association and will coincide with the Egg Hunt to be held at 10:00am in nearby Buttonwood Park by the Yardley Borough Recreation Board.

For more information about the Association’s activities, visit yardleyhistory.org, e-mail info@yardleyhistory.org or call 215-493-6625.

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