Preserving Upper Merion's Past To Enlighten Its Future
King of Prussia Historical Society

Our Mission
To preserve and interpret the history of Upper Merion Township, and to stimulate public interest and to support the township’s heritage through educational programs and public events focusing on preserving the past and shaping the future.
What We’re Doing
Monthly Events – Held at Christ Church (Old Swedes) Upper Merion.

Register of Historic Places – Help us to identify places in need of preservation.

Digital Archive Project – We are digitizing our collection of maps, aerial photos and more.

Latest News – See what’s going on.

Facebook Page – Join the conversation!
How You Can Help
Become a member or renew – join the fine group of people learning, preserving and educating, and receive quarterly issues of the King of Prussia Gazette – our newsletter.

Donate via Paypal – help us in our mission; receive a thank you gift of a print of a panoramic photograph of King of Prussia for donations at a certain level.

Amazon Smile – Amazon donates to us every time you make a purchase.

Donate items of historical interest.

Volunteer – opportunities to help out are available.

Join our mailing list
Learn More
E-History Facts – See a list of the facts posted weekly on Facebook.

Educational Resources – A detailed list of resources on Upper Merion History.

Books & Publications – Read about Upper Merion’s 300 year history.

Digital Archive – Old maps, aerial photos and other items of historical interest.

The Gazette – Our monthly newsletter which includes articles on our local history.


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FRIDAY FACT: KING OF PRUSSIA INN'S HISTORIC MOVE

August 20th marks the 17 year anniversary of the move of the King of Prussia Inn from the Route 202 median to a 1.5 acre site off Bill Smith Boulevard near South Gulph Road. Route 202 north was closed for parts of the day along with South Gulph Road.

Right and left turns were the hardest part as each turn was estimated to take more than two hours. Site manager, Jim Scott, estimated the move, at a "slow walking place," would take 12 to 16 hours to reach its final destination.

Scott and his crew of eight from International Chimney Corp. of Buffalo, NY started their preparations the third week of May. The 20 to 24 inch thick stone walls were reinforced with two tons of concrete; massive, 16 foot, 6 by 8 wooden timbers on the stone walls; and half inch steel cables.

Moving the inn was part of the state Transportation Department's $250 million, four year project to widen Route 202 to six lanes in Upper Merion and Tredyffrin Townships.

You can read more about the inn's historic journey at the kophistory.org website and these articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer. www.kophistory.org/15-year-anniversary-of-king-of-prussia-inns-move/
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FRIDAY FACT: KING OF PRUSSIA PLATE

In July, 1971, the King of Prussia Historical Society debuted the first 100 of a limited edition King of Prussia Plate. The pewter-like plate is 6 inches and made of an alloy, Armetale. The exclusive design of the plate was made by an 18th century pewterer. The center artwork is from a drawing by Eric Sloan from an early book of the Society. The Greater Valley Forge Chamber of Commerce was the exclusive distributor of the plate at a cost of $5.

Anyone have one on display as the accessory showpiece envisioned on a local mantel or hutch?
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TBT- The year is 1928, and once gain Victor Dallin took to the air and photographed the sleepy little hamlet of King of Prussia, PA. It’s hard to believe that so many changes have come about, but here is the proof.

Looking south, you can see the King of Prussia Inn in the center and the Peacock Gardens to its right, with King of Prussia Road running from the center to the top of the photograph. Did you know that the road once actually came all the way into town? Swedesford Road (US 202) runs left to right, while Gulph Road runs upper left (toward Gulph Mills) to lower right (toward Valley Forge). Interestingly, you can also see the Thomas Rees House at the top of the page. It is the sister property to the King of Prussia Inn. Finally, notice the Reading RR Chester Valley branch and the PRR Trenton Cutoff bisecting the picture.

In contrast, this shot from 2009 shows nearly the same angle looking south. Notice the change to the intersection of US 202 and Gulph Road.

Old photo courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library, new photo courtesy of Roger Thorne and TEHS.

Please Note: If you like what you see here and you think it is of value, please consider supporting us with a donation or a membership so as to help keep this information alive and available to future generations.
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From the Digital Archive
Visit our collection of images, audio files and documents – new material will continue to be added.