Abolition Hall, Hovenden House and Plymouth Meeting Historic District
“Abolition Hall is a national historical site that should be preserved.”
Charles L. Blockson, Curator Emeritus, Afro American Collection at Temple University Libraries
YOU can help protect this well-documented, historic Underground Railroad site!
You can have a role in protecting the extraordinary and important legacy of Abolition Hall and the Hovenden House, in the heart of historic Plymouth Meeting.
(Should you prefer to send a check, please make it payable to Preservation Pennsylvania. In the memo section write "Abolition Hall Fund" and mail to: Abolition Hall Fund, Preservation Pennsylvania, 257 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Please include a note If you wish your donation to remain anonymous.)
Your tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Abolition Hall Fund at Preservation Pennsylvania will help the Friends with their appeal of a Whitemarsh Township zoning decision. That decision supports the developer’s plan to subdivide this historic 10.45-acre parcel, and construct 48 townhouses on land that has been continuously farmed since the mid-1700s.
The Friends group is composed of local residents and supporters who believe that the proposed subdivision and townhouse development does not adhere to the Zoning Code, and more generally, that it fails to acknowledge or respect the powerful history of this homestead.
The Friends have hired an attorney and a land-use planning expert, both of whom appeared at a public hearing before the Zoning Hearing Board on January 31. That hearing was continued to March 16, at which time the board will review and discuss legal briefs submitted by the attorneys representing the Friends and the developer.
The Friends hope you will attend the March 16 hearing, which begins at 7 p.m.
Whitemarsh Township Building, 616 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
(Donors will be listed in the Abolition Hall section of Preservation Pennsylvania's Annual Report. If you wish to remain anonymous, please make a note in the message section.)
History at the Crossroads: The Activists and Artists of Abolition Hall from PFW Media on Vimeo.
Preservation Pennsylvania is acting as a fiscal agent to accept donations for the Friends of Abolition Hall. All donations will be held to cover expenses incurred by the Friends in their efforts to preserve Abolition Hall.
Preservation Pennsylvania is officially licensed as a charitable organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under Internal Revenue Service regulations. A copy of the official registration and financial information of Preservation Pennsylvania may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Questions about Preservation Pennsylvania should be addressed to (717) 234-2310. All membership/donor contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.