Welcome to the Perkasie Historical Society
Perkasie Historical Society, founded in 1954, strives to help preserve the history of Perkasie Borough. Perkasie is located approximately 30 miles north of Philadelphia. Our volunteer organization relies on the support of the community as it cares for the four historic venues: the South Perkasie Covered Bridge, the Perkasie Carousel, Perkasie Museum and the Stout Family Cemetery.
All are welcome to attend our carousel openings, meetings, and other community activities.
The Perkasie Historical Society is lead by a Volunteer Board providing oversight for our sites and functions.
Perkasie Historical Society
Perkasie Carousel Schedule
The Perkasie Historical Society has regular dinner meetings featuring a speaker or program. Meetings are held at 6:30 pm at the St. Stephen's UCC, 110 N. 6th Street, Perkasie.
Reservations for dinner are necessary. Reservation information
If the need arises, please be considerate and cancel your dinner reservation before 3 PM.
At the current time, there are no in-person meetings being held in St. Stephens Church, 110 North 6th Street, Perkasie.
In it's place, the society will continue with ZOOM Feature Presentations. Please consult this website for ongoing presentation links and details
The Feature Presentations
The Perkasie Historical Society is inviting you to Zoom sessions
Zoom Technology Sponsored by Chris and Cathy Kleine
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 6:30 PM "Preserving Bucks County’s Cultural Heritage" presented by Jonathan Neuber, President , Bucks County Cultural Society.
This presentation will illustrate and examine the importance of what is preserved and how it impacts our understanding of the history of Bucks County, including Perkasie and neighboring communities.
Jonathan Neuber founded the Bucks County Cultural Society. He is a 2018 graduate of Delaware Valley University. A long term Bucks County resident, Mr. Neuber has spent over half a decade rescuing items that help tell the story of Bucks County's rich cultural heritage.
Zoom link will be posted closer to the session
Perkasie Historical Society Museum
The Perkasie Historical Society Museum is located in the former Lehigh Valley Transit Trolley Station located at 513 W. Walnut Street in Perkasie.
The museum is open to the public during Perkasie Borough events and on selected weekends May through December. Hours can also be arranged by appointment.
Please contact the Perkasie Historical Society for special requests.
Perkasie Historical Society Walking Tours
Fall 2021: TBA
Meet at the museum at 513 West Walnut Street. at 1:00 PM.
Suggested donation $5.00.
Saturday, August 21, 2021 4-8PM "Memories of Menlo" at the "The British are Coming" segment of the "Under the Stars Car Show"
Perkasie Historical Society Self-Guided Walking Tour
Follow this link to navigate the historic sites of Perkasie "Then" and "Now" Perkasie Walking Tour or scan this QR code
This application is intended for personal use in navigating the historic sites of Perkasie.
The Perkasie Historical Society enjoys and appreciates the collaborations that made the 2020-2021 walking tour refinements a reality.
Ragtops & Roadsters
Market Crossing Condo Association
The Perkasie Carousel is located in Menlo Park at West Park Avenue and 3rd Street, adjacent to the Menlo Aquatic Center.
2021 Carousel Schedule
July 11 Community Day* Noon to 8 PM
(*rain date 7/18)
August 1: Noon - 5 PM
August 22: Noon - 5 PM
September 12: Noon - 5 PM
October 3: Noon - 5 PM
December 4 Tree Lighting Day: Noon - 5 PM
Perkasie Historical Society Current Projects
The 1939 Nativity Tableau : During the 2020 Christmas season, six metal, hand-painted pieces from Perkasie's 1939 Nativity Tableau were on display in South Perkasie. The Tableau was made in Allentown, PA and, when fully assembled, measures 25 feet in width and 15 feet high. This is the first time any parts of the tableau have been displayed in over 60 years. We hope to incrementally re-assemble and display the entire display .
The South Perkasie Covered Bridge Restoration Project
Perkasie Borough Council formed a covered bridge committee made up of four council historical committee members, the Parks and Recreation and Public Works Directors, two members of Perkasie Historical Society and one member of Bucks County Covered Bridge Society. Mayor Hollenbach is also an ad hoc committee member. This committee will oversee the bridge restoration, fundraising, and securing of available grants.
Brief 1832 South Perkasie Covered Bridge history
WFMZ Channel 69 South Perkasie Covered Bridge Project Coverage
Current Status of the Project:
(May 4, 2021) Perkasie Councilman, S. Bomboy " On Monday night, Perkasie Borough council voted unanimously to approve a covenant with the state Historic and Preservation Commission to preserve and restore our South Perkasie Covered Bridge. The agreement allows us to move forward with the restoration project, in conjunction with the Perkasie Historical Society. Together, we’ve raised more than $217,000 to save our bridge, with Perkasie residents and businesses donating more than half that amount. Next, we will prepare documents for qualified vendors to bid on a design and repair plan. That plan will give us a final project cost. Realistically, that process will last until the fall, with the actual bridge restoration beginning in March 2022.
(April 2021 )Perkasie Councilman, S. Bomboy e-mail . . ." We hope to vote on the RFP process for the bridge at the next council meeting. We want to bid out the design plan for the bridge first and assuming we get bidders the plans would be done by July. This is a requirement from the Borough engineer to get final budget numbers for the whole project.
Then we have to hire the timber construction contractor to rebuild the bridge. We don’t see working on the physical rehab until March 2022, because we can’t work on the bridge on site after early October 2021. . ."
(Fall 2020) Perkasie Borough has received approval for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant.
More information on the
The South Perkasie Covered Bridge Restoration Project
"Historic preservation is present tense"