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Interesting Octagonal Resources

Octagon Houses

List of Octagonal Buildings and Structures in the U.S.A.



Local One-Room Schools You Can Visit (within appox. 1-hour drive from Paoli)

 Concord School - Germantown, PA - A perfect example of a circa 1775 one-room schoolhouse.

Eight-Square Schoolhouse - Penn's Park, PA - A circa 1802 octagonal schoolhouse in Bucks County.

Freyberger School - Kutztown, PA - An authentically-restored  circa 1870 one room school  which was moved to the The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University  in Berks County for educational purposes.

Hood Ocatagonal Schoolhouse, Newtown Square, PA - Learn about another 19th century octagonal schoolhouse in Delaware County.

Locust Grove Schoolhouse - Pocopson, PA - Currently being restored, this schoolhouse is a circa 1865 Chester County school in Pocopson Township which is south of West Chester and north of Kennett Square.

Old Eagle School - Strafford, PA - Another local one-room Chester County schoolhouse.

Swamp Creek School - Gilbertsville, PA - Built in 1853, the Swamp Creek School on Reifsnyder Road has been carefully restored by volunteers of the New Hanover Township Historical Society. Today serves as the Society's home and meeting place. Housed there is a collection of New Hanover Township school memorabilia and an extensive school book collection. Additionally, the school serves as a field trip destination for school groups where Nineteenth Century school life can be experienced.



Local Organizations

Chester County Historical Society - West Chester, PA - At their website and at their History Center in West Chester one can discover the intrigue of America's past through the unique lens of local history.

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area - Phoenixville, PA - The mission of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate materials and information pertaining to Phoenixville area history in order to assist and educate the public in understanding and appreciating their Phoenixville area heritage and how it relates to their lives.

Museum of the American Revolution - Philadelphia, PA - The American Revolution Center (ARC) will establish the first national museum to commemorate the entire story of the American Revolution. The Museum will display its distinguished collection of objects, artifacts and manuscripts from the American Revolution era and will offer educational programming, lectures, symposia, and interactive learning for teachers, students, and the general public. 

Tredyffrin Township - Our township's website

Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society - Founded in 1936, the Society is the oldest community organization on the Upper Main Line conducting local historical research, and collecting local resources and photographs, pertaining to the townships of Tredyffrin and Easttown in eastern Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust - The Trust is a nonprofit organization established in 2002 in response to the threat to demolish the historic eighteenth century Jones Log Barn. The Trust's mission is to preserve and protect historic and cultural resources in Tredyffrin Township for the benefit of present and future generations and to educate the public about the preservation and protection of historic and cultural settings.

Valley Forge National Historic Park - Valley Forge, PA - Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site where the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–1778 during the American Revolutionary War. The National Historical Park preserves the site and interprets the history of the Valley Forge encampment. Originally Valley Forge State Park, it became a national park in 1976. The Park contains historical buildings, recreated encampment structures, memorials, museums, and recreation facilities.

Wharton Esherick Studio - Paoli, PA - The Wharton Esherick Studio interprets the life and works of Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), a Chester County artist, craftsman, and sculptor who worked primarily in wood. Known as the Dean of American Craftsmen, Wharton lived and worked during his lifetime just up the hill from Diamond Rock Schoolhouse, which he used as his studio for a period of time.


Local People
Andy Dinniman - Our local State Senator representing the 19th District.
Warren KampfServing both Chester and Montgomery Counties, Paul is the State Representative of the 157th Legistlative District.
Ryan Costello  - Representating the 6th District of Pennsylvania 
One-Room School-Related Organizations
 One-Room Schoolhouse Center - Resource for one-room schoolhouses across the U.S.A.