Annual Member Excursion – 2019

The General Store and adjacent structures. © 2018 Compli Photography

On Sunday, 16 June 2019, all current Society members were invited to join us for our Annual Member Excursion, which this year took us to Historic Sugartown in Malvern.

Along Sugartown Road in Willistown Township stands the remarkably intact and lovingly restored, 19th-century village of Sugartown. In the early 1800s, with the American Revolution behind them, Sugartown's early residents established a school, general store, other businesses, and meeting places, creating a vibrant crossroads that provided goods and services to its surrounding farming community. The village was soon known as Shugart's Town, after tavern keeper Eli Shugart, and served as a vital stop for weary travelers hauling wagonloads of goods to the markets of Philadelphia and other parts of the county. Sugartown remained a social, educational, commercial and municipal center throughout the 1800s.

With the guidance of tour guides, we explored nineteenth-century village life and culture through rich collections and authentically restored buildings of Historic Sugartown. Our tour featured the General Store, the Ivanhoe Lodge within the same building, the Carriage Museum, 1805 William Garrett Quaker Farm House, the Cheever Bank Barn, and the Book Bindery, with special demonstrations of bookbinding and paper marbling.

Following the group tours, we enjoyed a Victorian-era-inspired Ice Cream Social, along with other snacks, for our refreshment on an early summer Sunday afternoon, as well as gathering for conversation and watching the wonderful paper-marbling demonstration. As has been the case for the past few years, we werejoined again this year by members of the King of Prussia and Radnor Historical Societies.


RSVP: To assist us with planning for the event, we asked that participants let us know that they were planning to attend. The cost per person was $10.00, payable by cash or check upon arrival.

1:00–3:30 pm, Sunday, 16 June 2019

690 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA 19355


Directions: Historic Sugartown is located at 690 Sugartown Road, near the intersection with Spring & Boot Roads, 1.2 miles south of Paoli Pike in Malvern. By GPS, enter 273 Boot Road, Malvern, PA – it should bring you right to Historic Sugartown's parking lot.


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