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.


Hello Friends of WVHS!

Our friends at the Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Blue Bell (650 Skippack Pike Blue Bell, PA 19422) have asked us to help promote their upcoming speaker series on Pearl Harbor to be help over two nights–August 9 and 10 at 6PM.  Historian Ray Rossa will be the presenter.

 If interested in attending, register at this link:  –and click on this link to view more information on the Library website:

 Thank you!

Our Fall Calendar of Events is out!


Our August 2022 Valley Crier Newsletter is available to view!


Read about the Rising Sun Tavern in this month’s Stroll Blue Bell


Ambler Storytellers’ Committee Influencing Public Support
for Historic Preservation. Read the full story in Ambler Storytellers News


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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