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.


Monday, June 12th 
6:30 at the 1895 Schoolhouse
Announcing the WVHS June Picnic and “Fun Fund-raiser”: Monday,
June 12, at 6:30 PM

Join us for a Potluck Picnic on Monday, June 12, starting at 6:30 PM (the
usual second Monday of the month, but starting a little earlier than usual).

• Bring your favorite picnic dish, and WVHS will supply the plates,
utensils, and beverages.
• The entertainment will include the traditional “Corn Auction.”
• Guests will purchase raffle tickets (10 for $10) and use them to bid on
wrapped items. Be prepared; please bring cash.
• Bring a wrapped “gift” for someone to purchase—It can be a valuable
thing or something to make us all laugh. It’s up to you, but the buyer
will not know.
• If you plan to attend, please send us an email, so we can be ready:


Check out this op-ed from Hidden City Philadelphia about Ambler Storytellers’ historic preservation efforts!

Op-Ed: Saving the Town that Asbestos Built


Our Spring 2023 Events Calendar is up!


Read Part 1 of the Rile House 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

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Wissahickon Valley Historical Society is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization