During the late 1800s, a treasure trove of Ice Age fossils was uncovered near limestone quarrying operations at Valley Forge. The fossil site, known as Bone Cave or Port Kennedy Cave, was formed approximately 750,000 years ago. Site excavations in the early 1870s and mid-1890s resulted in more than 1,200 fossils being collected, which had been placed in the collections
In 1922 and 1923, some residents and manufacturers wanted to divide the township into two separate townships using the voting districts as a guide. There were two districts-Upper and Lower. The Upper District consisted of King of Prussia, Port Kennedy, Abrams, and Red Hill. The Lower District contained the more populated areas of Gulph Mills, Swedeland, Swedesburg, Rebel Hill, and
Gazette Spring 2015 Issue Page 2 – St. David’s Church zip code is 19087, not 19333. Page 8 – Now canceled April 25 program time was 10:00 am, not 10:00 pm. UM Township Lines Spring 2015 Issue Page 16 – Valley Forge Homes subdivision aerial caption date is incorrect, unconfirmed date of the photograph is early 1960s.
Swedeland was originally founded as “Matsunk” by Swedish settlers in 1710. Situated along the Schuylkill River and the Matsunk Creek, it was originally occupied by about 19 homes and the Potts Farm, including Swedish families named Rambo and Yocum. The name Matsunk was changed to Swedeland sometime in the 19th century, but before 1876 when the Swedeland post office was