Beginning with the restoration and interpretation of the Morton Morton House on Darby Creek and systematically evaluating other significant historic sites, the Norwood Historical Society will become a continuously evolving repository for the history of the Borough of Norwood. Our vision is to be a vehicle for educational and cultural time travel to the past, present and beyond.

About Us

The Norwood Historical Society, Inc. is a relatively young organization having its start in 1999. The organization is a private non-profit foundation incorporated within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the historic Morton Morton House except during January, February & March when they are held in the Norwood Municipal Building (See directions below).

 


Officers: 2014-2015
Judy Anastasi, President
Bob Williams, Vice President
Judy Williams, Secretary
Maureen Olphert, Treasurer
George Fieo, CPA, Financial Secretary

Executive Committee:
Frank Boyle, Historian
Paul Iverson
Jackie Sallade
Bill Olphert



The Morton Morton House is located at the confluence of the Darby and Muckinpates Creeks. Secluded and hidden in a residential area of the Borough of Norwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The House was built around 1750 by Morton Morton (1701-1781) a great grandson of Marten Martenson who settled in "New Sweden" in 1654. Morton Morton was first cousin to John Morton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The Morton Morton House was owned by Morton's decendents until 1873, then became home to various families until it was abandoned in the 1930s. The Borough of Norwood owns the Morton Morton House. The Morton Morton House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior of the Morton Morton House underwent extensive restoration completed in October 2005. Stage 2, restoration of the interior of the House, is underway. Fundraising for the interior restoration has begun. Donations of $50 or more are acknowledged by placing the donor's name and location, or a phrase in memory of (a loved one's name) on a Benefactor's Plaque installed in the formal room of the Morton Morton House. Donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Interested parties may call Judy Anastasi, president at 610-583-3002.

     

To read more history on not only Norwood but also Ridley Township please visit Ridley Township History's website.



Directions to the Morton Morton House:
(Coming from Route 420)
Take Route 13 Chester Pike (North) to "The Arch of Norwood" at Winona Avenue. Make a right follow East Winona Avenue down to the bottom of the hill. Bear right along the park, keeping the park on your left. Continue on Winona Avenue until homes appear on your left. The entrance to the Morton Morton House is just past the fourth set of twin homes. Take a left and follow the road down to the right, bear left when you come to the "V" in the road and follow that back to the Morton Morton House. See map below if you need more help. Enjoy your visit.

Visitations:
Each summer starting June to the last week of September, the Morton Morton House will be open to the public for tours on Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. excluding Labor Day weekend. Admission is free; donations are very much appreciated and will be used to continue the restoration of the Morton Morton House.

Additional tours can be arranged by calling the Norwood Borough Office at 610-586-5800.


Normally our events appear on local cable stations, Comcast 5, RCN 52, Interboro school news station 8, in Town Talk and Delaware County Daily Times and our website www.norwoodpahistorical.org



Preservation Awards

The fourth Historical Preservation Award (2013) was presented to Michael
Stasky 230 W Ridley Ave. Norwood. Mr Stasky has lived in this beautiful victorian home for 17 years.

The Norwood Historical Society, Inc. presented their first Historical Preservation Award at the December 6, 2010 holiday party to Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Garrity for their well preserved Victorian style house located at 537 Mohawk Ave, Norwood, PA.

The house was built in 1889 and has been owned by the Garrity's since 1967

A second Historical Preservation Award was presented at the holiday fund raiser on Sunday Dec, 11, 2011 to the Hartunian family.
The house is a classic Victorian Style built around 1894 by Charles Lincoln Shaw as a home for his family. Mr. Shaw owned a straw hat factory in Philadelphia called The Shaw & Ewing Hat Factory. The wrap around porch in front of the house is original wood; the third floor has an upper round porch; the second floor bedroom has a walk-out turret. The Hartunians have lived there since 1984.

  

It was with a great deal of pleasure and pride that our third Historical Preservation Award was presented to the Evans family at our December holiday party. The Evans Victorian home is at 111 Leon Ave., Norwood. The house was built in 1913 and the Evans family has lived in the home for 29 years. They have spent much time and effort restoring this Victorian beauty.

2014 Activities and Events:

April 14, 2014

Norwood Historical Society will present to the 4th and 5th grade students of St. James Regional Catholic School a program on Ned Hector, a black revolutionary soldier and hero of the Battle of Brandywine. Mr. Noah Lewis portrays Ned Hector and is very well known in the historic community. The program will be held at the school @1 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The same program will be presented to the Norwood Elementary School on May 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Morton Morton House unless there is inclement weather. If inclement, the program will be held at the Norwood Elementary School.

Essay contests for the 4th grade students of both schools are underway. It is in fourth grade that colonial history is presented. Awards and gift certificates for 1st and 2nd prizes at both schools will be presented prior to the end of the school year.

April 26, 2014

There will be a community clean up at the MM House from 9 a.m. to 12.pm. Volunteers needed; light refreshments will be provided.

Additional spring events are being planned, dates to be announced.

Collectibles, Donations and Memberships:

Currently the Norwood Historical Society is offering a unique collectible (number 1 in the series) sun-catcher / ornament of beveled glass depicting the Morton Morton House c 1750. Each gift is individually boxed, comes complete with gift wrap and bow for easy and classic presentation. The price, $20, includes Pennsylvania sales tax. For further information call Judy Anastasi, 610-583-3002.

Note cards of the Morton Morton House are now available. 8 cards with envelopes depecting the Morton Morton House on the front, blank inside and historical information on the back priced at $10.00, call Maureen Olphert at 610-532-5520.

Donations may be sent to Norwood Historical Society, Inc. Attn: Mr. Frank Boyle, 125 Henderson Ave., Norwood, PA 19074. For additional information on donating and membership, please call Frank Boyle, 484-494-7110. Donations are greatly appreciated and are targeted toward restoration of the interior of this historic site. Donations of $50 or more are acknowledged with the donor name on our Benefactors' Plaque.

Contact Us via Email:
jaa612@aol.com



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