Yardley Historical Association

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.  Extensive renovation and restoration work has been undertaken over the years, including replacing the historic slate roof and adding new cabinets to match the originals.

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.

The Association actively collects “new” pieces of Yardley’s history, particularly from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

Anyone interested in contributing items or having copies of items made should contact the number above.  

A variety of activities and educational programs are sponsored by the Yardley Historical Association each year.

Presentations about local history and other topics are featured at general meetings, which take place quarterly.

Holiday Open Houses take place in December.

The public is invited to all events, and they are free of charge.  Donations are always welcome. 

In keeping with the Library’s traditional use, Book Swaps are held on the second Saturday of February, May, July, and November.

“Bring a bag; take a bag.” 

The Association also conducts tours of historic downtown Yardley and provides speakers for school and community groups.

The Old Library also may be rented for occasions such as showers, weddings, adult birthday celebrations.  

Come visit the Old Library by Lake Afton and be taken in 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.  

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PHOTO CAP: The Yardley Historical Association hosts a variety of programs, often featuring portrayals of people who shaped our local history.