Preserving the History of Ambler, Whitpain and Lower Gwynedd

Headquartered in the Whitpain 1895 Public School, the Wissahickon Valley Historical Society serves to educate the public about the heritage and history of the people, institutions and events that have influenced and shaped the communities of the Wissahickon School District which encompasses Whitpain Township, Lower Gwynedd Township and the Borough of Ambler.

About Us

Founded in 1975 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Wissahickon Valley Historical Society’s purpose is to preserve the local historical buildings, artifacts and folklore of the historic Wissahickon Valley.

The Franklinville School

The Franklinville School c.1858 is a white stucco one-room schoolhouse on an acre of ground, located at 1701 Morris Road, Blue Bell, between Normandy Farms Estates and the Windermere Community.  It is the only one-room schoolhouse open to the public in Whitpain Township.

The 1895 Public School

The two-story schoolhouse has a Library containing deeds, wills, photos, books, maps and genealogies, a 19th Century School Room and a Museum of local artifacts, focusing on items, pictures and records from the early farms and our industrial past.


WVHS Holiday Party – Monday, December 12th at 6:30! RSVP to to let us know you will be attending

Members are invited to our potluck Holiday Party at the 1895 Schoolhouse! Get into the spirit with friends and holiday cheer! Please bring a dish to share (appetizers and desserts). ready to serve. 

Wednesday, December 7th at the Historical Society of Montgomery County, 1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401

“Reading Your House, Researching Your Home”


From our October 2021 Newsletter – Tips on How to Research Your Home

WVHS, Searching a PLOT’s Genealogy, 2021

Our Fall Calendar of Events is out!


Our December 2022 Valley Crier Newsletter is available to view!


Read about the Boxwood, a 1730 Farmhouse in this month’s Stroll Blue Bell


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Please click here to see our new video about the history of the Franklinville School, prepared by the Historical Society of Montgomery County to encourage donations to the renovations there.  WVHS appreciates the assistance of the HSMC

Click here to learn more about Yen Ho’s website on Wissahickon Valley history!

Learn From the Past, Shape the Future

Pennsylvania’s Wissahickon Valley Region: A Story Worth Telling

Hello Everyone!
My name is Yen Ho, and I’ve been a member of the Wissahickon Valley Historical Society for 3 years. I am currently a graduate student at Drexel University, pursuing a Master’s degree in
Library and Information Science.
Prior to Drexel, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in historic preservation. I always have a curiosity about my hometown in Ambler (technically I live in Whitpain Township). What sparked my curiosity was the old buildings/homes that are still standing today in the Wissahickon Valley (Ambler, Whitpain, and Lower Gwynedd).
I want to know their history, and whether or not they should be recognized.
I have a history background, and I have the opportunity to express it through my research in my blog.
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Wissahickon Valley Historical Society is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization