Cheltenham Historical Commission to host open house on Sunday

The Cheltenham Township Historical Commission will be hosting their fall open house on Sunday, October 23 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Richard Wall house and museum.

Area residents are welcomed to tour the interior and exterior of the property and meet community groups including the Friends of High School Park, Old York Road Garden Club, Citizens for the Restoration of Historical LaMott, Old York Road Historical Society, Cheltenham Communities That Care, Friends of High School Park, Cheltenham Parks and Recreation, Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History, and representatives from Napoleon Nelson’s office.

The Richard Wall house, built in 1682, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The home has undergone numerous renovations, and was the site of meetings, weddings, and Quaker worship.

Its original owner, Richard Wall, was a founder of Cheltenham Township and arrived in the area with William Penn. The Township acquired the property and surrounding lands in 1932, and rented the house until 1979. Since 1980 the house has been managed by the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission, which opened the museum and orientation center in 1993.