Past Meeting

At our public meeting on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 2 pm the featured presentation was:


Colonial Church Architecture

by Seth Hinshaw


The Baptist Church in the Great Valley (courtesy TEHS)

Tredyffrin and Easttown townships, and their close environs, are home to several religious congregations dating back to the pre-Revolutionary Colonial era. Included among them are the twin Episcopal parishes of St. David’s - Radnor and St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley (1700), Great Valley Presbyterian Church (1711), the Baptist Church in the Great Valley (1711), and the Valley Friends Meeting (1731). It is therefore fitting that the presentation was held at one of them, the historic Baptist Church in the Great Valley.

Mr. Hinshaw's well-illustrated program provided background on church architecture in England and the influences that can be seen in North American church architecture of the Colonial era ending 1777-1789.

Mr. Hinshaw, an architectural historian and Senior Planner with Wise Preservation Planning of Chester Springs, is an expert on Colonial architecture. He has previously spoken to our Society on the evolution of residential architecture in Chester County from the 1600s to the present, and has presented programs on architectural history on local television.


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