World War One Tours and Events - September 23 & 24th

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Tours and Events for September 23 & 24, 2017

The Naval Asylum Burial Ground - Yeadon

Open on Saturday, September 23
Tour of WW1 Graves in the Naval Asylum plot
Hosted by the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery

Sunday 24 ,September 2017
Time: 10:30 
Ceremony honoring veterans of WW1. Co-Hosted by the VA, Brough of Yeadon, American Legion Post's 761 and 507, and the Pennsylvania WW1 Committee.

Location Naval Asylum Burial Ground adjacent to Mount Moriah Cemetery at the Flag Pole

Both days enter at the Cobbs Creek Parkway entrance to Mount Moriah Cemetery in Yeadon
Location Naval Asylum Burial Ground adjacent to Mount Moriah Cemetery at the Flag Pole
Enter at the Cobbs Creek Parkway entrance to Mount Moriah Cemetery in Yeadon

Tour of WW1 Graves in the Naval Asylum plot Sponsored by the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery

Sports Legends of Delaware County301 Iven Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Theme: WW1 the Delco Baseball League,
and Delco Athletes who served in the Great War

Saturday. September 23rd 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Massey House 

Open on Sunday 24 September 2017 from Noon to 3 p.m.

The 1696 Thomas Massey House is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is a 2-story brick and stone house, originally constructed by the English, Quaker settler, Thomas Massey in 1696.

In addition to the usual programming they will also be featuring information about the family who lived in the house during the World War 1 years, and a blacksmith working forge. Blacksmiths were still very much part of Delaware County life during World War.

470 Lawrence Rd.
Broomall, PA 19008

Lazaretto Station

One stop with three presentations
Saturday 23 September 2017 10AM-4PM
Sunday.   24 September 2017. Noon-3PM

1. The Lazaretto (Chandler Field during WWI)
 presented by the Friends of the 1799 Lazaretto Interpretive Museum

2. Hog Island Shipyard

presented by the Tinicum Township Historical Society 

3.Corinthian Yacht Club (yachts were used as Section Patrol Boat roles throughout the War), presented by the Corinthian Yacht Club Historical Society

Presented through the both days over the weekend, Rain or Shine

99 Wanamaker Avenue

 Delaware County Veteran’s Memorial
Drive through Saturday, Sept 23th and Sunday, Sept 24th all day.

4599 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073


Chichester Meeting House (self guided drive by or walk)

Lewis E Ingram served with the  242nd Ambulance Corps in WW1 as part of the 11ths Sanitary Hospital. As a Quaker he served as a non-combatant on the Western Front, and was most likely an ambulance driver or an orderly.

Ingram, Lewis E. born in Easttown, Chester Co. in 1896. His birth is recorded in Volume 1 Page 121 Birth Records. Chester County, Pennsylvania Archives and Records.

Widener University Drive-by 

World war one memorial at entrance to Widener University then named Pennsylvania military college who’s students and alumni served with distinction during World War I .

Routes 320 and 352

Pennsylvania Veterans Museum

Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept.24
Noon-5PM Sat and Sun for tour 

Lecture and Tour at former 3rd Presbyterian Church

Open House 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
420 East Ninth & Potter Streets, Chester, Pa 19013

Come enjoy a tour & talk about the former Third Presbyterian Church

Come step into the past to hear the CHPC’s vision for the future of this beautiful Gem in Chester, Pa. The former Third Presbyterian church in Chester, Pa was a recently acquired by the Chester Historical

Preservation Committee in  September of 2015. It is the CHPC’s goal to totally restore this beautiful architectural marvel.  During WWI the Third Presbyterian Church offered support and provided a moral compass for the residents of the City of Chester.  The Church  was there to lend moral support  to the families of young men and women who served in the Great War.

World War I Living History & Encampment

Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley
109th Infantry, Company L
28th Division, Pennsylvania National Guard

Saturday, September 23rd
Noon until 6pm

Thunderbird Lodge
41 Rose Valley Rd
Rose Valley, PA 19063

Chester Rural Cemetery
The Chester Rural Cemetery was established in March 1863 to serve the needs of the rapidly growing city of Chester, PA and the surrounding Delaware County area.

Among the first interments were Civil War casualties, from both sides of the conflict, from the US Government Hospital located across the street on what would later become the campus of Crozer Theological Seminary and Crozer Chester Medical Center. Many of these casualties were removed on October 28,1891 to Philadelphia Soldiers' National Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. Some of the confederate soldiers were later taken home by their families for burial. The records of all, however, have been preserved in the archives of the Cemetery.

Chester Rural is Delaware County's only example of the rural or landscaped cemetery built in the days before public parks and as such it was a popular destination for a Sunday afternoon outing as late as the early part of the twentieth century. Its curved walkways and driveways, and rolling hills and valleys were landscaped with a variety of specimens of the area, and until the mid 1950's a focal point was the acre-and-a-half lake, bordered by dogwoods and home to geese, ducks and water lilies.

Spanning over 36 acres and 152 years, Chester Rural is still in full operation and is the final resting place of over 31,000 individuals. Careful records have been kept over the years and, in some cases, family information has been added by visitors researching their ancestors.

Members of the 7th NJ and 186th PA living history groups will be standing Honor Guard at the Chester Rural Cemetery Soldier Circle

10AM - 5PM on Saturday and Sunday Noon - 3PM

September 23/24 2017 at the WW1 Memorial
living history groups will be standing Honor Guard at the Chester Rural Cemetery Soldier Circle 

Collingdale Park- 500 Lincoln Avenue, Collingdale

Saturday, September 23rd
“Day of Remembrance”- Collingdale Historical Society Event starts at 10 am with a brief message about the Collingdale WWI veterans. There will be two walking tours.

The first one will be at 10:30 am at Collingdale Park- The north side of Collingdale and memories of Collingdale landmarks from WWI. (This walking tour will briefly touch on Aldan with a stop at their museum at the corner of Providence Road and Woodlawn Avenues.) The Glover family and the Beatty family will be represented during this walking tour through the north side of Collingdale. The walking tour length is about an hour and half.

The second walking tour entitled “Leland Brown’s Collingdale” is a walking tour of the south side of Collingdale heading towards Darby. This walking tour will start at Collingdale Park at 1:30 pm. Highlights of this walking tour include the site of Pusey Avenue Elementary School and the site of Ann Pusey's house. (One of the oldest residents in Collingdale and was the granddaughter of one of the settlers in the area.) Those who wish to go to Eden Cemetery for their walking tours will be in walking distance from the cemetery.

Collingdale Park activities will only be on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.


Eden Cemetery -1434 Springfield Road, Collingdale

Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd & 24th from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Memoriam
The colored soldiers of Pennsylvania who
fought and died in France 1917-1918 that liberty,
equality and fraternity be established in all nations
and among all people.
The entry for the tour is the Bartram Avenue and Springfield Road entrance which is adjacent to
Mt. Zion Cemetery.

The tour will highlight the participation of African Americans during World War 1 and include
viewing the grave sites of some of the World War 1 Veterans buried in the Celestine section.
The tour will conclude at the World War 1 Colored Soldiers Memorial.

Richard White from the African American Museum of Philadelphia will be conducting the tours.

The main entrance to the cemetery will be opened 10 am - 4 pm on Sat. and Sun. for anyone wishing
to visit the World War One Colored Soldiers Memorial located at the main entrance to the cemetery.

I suggest adding the following: to wear comfortable walking shoes and to be aware that the ground
is uneven.


Darby, Saturday, September 23rd

Darby Free Library
Darby Free Library - 1001 Main Street
Location: 1001 Main Street
Theme: Darby's WWI Legacy and Legends
Darby Free Library will be celebrating their 275th year as a library. The library has been in continuous use since 1743.

The library opens at 10 am (normal time) with tours of the library starting at 11 am. Poppy making activities for children of all ages will be ongoing throughout the day until 4 pm.

Darby Historical Commission

John and Jan Haigis will be conducting walking tours in Darby with an emphasis on Darby's transportation history. All tours start at the Darby Free Library. The first tour will be at 11 am. (The walking tours are a "shine" event.) Participants in the walking tours will get an eye opening experience discovering new things about Darby during WWI.

Theme: Darby’s WWI Transportation Legacy

Darby VFW on Main Street
Darby VFW
816 Main Street
Theme: Darby's WWI History and Reflections
Time: 10: pm to 4 pm

John Haigis will begin with a program at the Darby Free Library beginning at 10:00 AM followed, by a Walking Tour of Darby with special attention to the legacy of the War in Darby including the start of John Drew's jitney service, the beginning of the American Friends Service Committee, John Drew's concerns about the Gold Star Mother's Pilgrimage, and the role of Darby trolleys bringing people to their work at Sun Ship, Hog Island, and other industrial sites. He will finish at VFW Post 598 at 816 Main Street to see their collection of WWI and other memorabilia. From 1:30 to 2:30, Jan and I will be singing songs of the era at the VFW Post and remembering the profound impact the War to End War had on Darby, the County, and the nation. The program is free and Council and residents are welcome to join in the festivities.

Aldan, Saturday, September 23rd

The Aldan Historical Museum will be open from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors are welcome to stop by and learn more about Aldan's involvement in the Great War. (Collingdale's first walking tour's last stop will be at the museum.) The museum will be open “rain or shine”.

Lansdowne Walking Tour
Lansdowne and World War I
Saturday September 23, 2017

11:00 – 12:30
Led by Lansdowne resident and local historian Matt Schultz.

Meet at the Lansdowne World War Monument
(located at the south end of Penn Wood High School)

Tour ends inside the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne
(Lansdowne and Greenwood Avenues)

FREE OF CHARGE—Rain or shine

Sponsored by Destination Delco and the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation

Brookhaven WW1 Memorial

Saturday September 23 2017
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Across from the Brookhaven Community Center
2 Cambridge Rd, Brookhaven, PA 19015

Brookhaven American Legion Post honors the men and women who served in WW1.

Smedley Park, Springfield

The Cardinal Dougherty Assembly of the Knights of Columbus Color Corps  will have a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the WW1 Monument at the entrance to  Smedley Park on Saturday Sept 23 at 10:30 a.m. 

Nether Providence Historical Society

The Nether Providence Historical Society will have a display of Mr. Von Byre’s diaries and other artifacts from his service in the American Ambulance Corp in Italy during WW1.  We will have some information about other local residents who served in that war. 

The display, on the dining room table, will be at the Thomas Leiper House, 521 Avondale Rd., Wallingford.  The house will be open Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon to 3 p.m.  The phone number at the house is 610-566-6365.

Radnor World War One Monument - Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday noon to 2:00 p.m.

Eugene Hough will be on site at the Radnor WW1 McKenzie Memorial wearing his WW1 Cavalry uniform.  Representing Saving Hallowed Ground as the Monument Education Preservation Field Specialist, he has each year provided conservation services on the monument and also conducted hands on conservation clinics with students on the monument itself.

Gene will talk to people about  interpreting  the wonderful images of the Doughboys featured on the monument and also about my unit the First City Troop that served in the Great War at a remount facility in Georgia, on the Mexican boarder searching for Pancio Via.

Gene will have maps, books and other assorted static display items to share.

Valley Forge Military Academy

VFMAC will be available as a stop of the tour on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ONLY.

(CLICK ON MAP TO ENLARGE) Please direct participants to 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, Pa. 19087 and ask them to enter and park at the Parade Field which is located on Eagle Road Established in 1928, Valley Forge Military Academy & College (VFMAC) is an international leadership institute comprised of a middle school and college preparatory high school for boys and a co-ed two-year college, each accredited by the Middle States Commission. Located in Wayne, Pa, VFMAC offers boarding, commuting, and day options. The campus environment is defined by the application of a military model that prepares students to lead and inspire others beyond graduation in a complex and competitive global environment. At VFMAC, students are immersed in a unique educational experience anchored on five cornerstones: academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development and leadership. These cornerstones are the foundation for cadets reaching their academic potential to achieve success in the classroom and beyond.

Tour of 2SP Brewery 

Delco’s own 2SP Brewery is the Official Brewery for World War One Delco's “Dance for Democracy” and the "Last Stop" on the All Delco World War One Tour on Saturday and Sunday September 23/24 2017.

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