||"All the land
lying on the Pahkehoma" is purchased by William Penn from the
Indian Chief Sachem Maughaughsin. The land was subsequently
sold to Thomas Rudyard of London.
||Edward Lane purchases 2,500 acres
from Thomas Rudyard which includes the present day towns of
Collegeville, Trappe, Evansberg, and Schwenksville.
||William Penn confirms
by patent Edward Lane's purchase. Lane builds the original section
of what is now the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel.
||Edward Lane bequeaths all land
lying west of the Perkiomen, including the present day Collegeville,
to his son Samuel.
||John Jacob Schrack
erects a log building just west of the current Collegeville
border and becomes the first settler in the present day Trappe.
||"All the land lying on the
Pahkehoma", originally purchased by William Penn, is released
(again) by Delaware Indians for "two guns, six coats, six blankets,
six duffel match coats, and four kettles".
Church built in Trappe.
||Pennsylvania Legislature approves
lottery to raise funds for the purpose of building a bridge
over the Perkiomen to replace the dangerous "Phillips Ford".
completed at a cost of $60,000. The area near the bridge on
the lower end of present day Collegeville is now named "Perkiomen
||Andrew Todd starts the first school
for primary and secondary students, 6-12 years old.
||Todd School's name
changed to Freeland Public School.
||Trinity Reformed Church founded
by Bishop Abraham Hunsicker.
||First post office
established in Perkiomen Bridge, Edward Evans Postmaster.
||Henry A. Hunsicker builds the "Freeland
Seminary of Perkiomen Bridge". Village around the school
becomes known as Freeland.
founds the Pennsylvania Female College.
||Post Office moved to the store of
Frank M. Hobson at the current street of Fifth Avenue and Main
Street. Name changed to Freeland.
||Toll house erected
on the Perkiomen Bridge. Local citizens throw the gate into
the creek and burn the toll house.
||First train arrives in Collegeville.
Station named "Collegeville" in 1869.
purchased by Ursinus College and made into the preparatory department
for the new college.
||Second toll house erected after
a court order that a gate
could not be maintained within one mile of the bridge. Local
citizens again burn the toll house.
Independent newspaper founded in Trappe under the name The Providence
Independent by Elwood Smith Moser.
||Collegeville Driving Park opened
for horse racing on the current site of Clahor and Park Avenue.
Company organized as a result of a fire at the Collegeville
Ice Manufacturing Company and Roberts Machine Company.
||Decree issued on June 2nd petitioning
the court to incorporate Collegeville. The decree was certified
on June 9th. First election held on July 2nd with J. Shelley
Weinburger elected as the first Burgess. First telephones installed.
First trolley tracks installed.
widens, and macadamizes Main Street with moneys received from
trolley operator the Schuylkill Valley Traction Company.
Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Park Avenues dedicated as well as
Chestnut Street. Collegeville Borough School at Fifth and Park
Avenue completed to replace old school.
||Trolley line from Collegeville to
Sanatoga and Pottstown completed. Trolley now operates from
Philadelphia to Pottstown. Powerhouse built at Collegeville.
||St. Eleanor Church
founded by Reverend Thomas J. Sullivan. Trappe Fire Company
||Last trolley runs through town on
September 9th. Schuylkill Valley Bus Company begins service.
||Joint Water Authority
formed with Trappe Borough
||Collegeville Trappe joint school
district is formed.
||First borough police
officer, George Moyer, appointed.
||Last passenger train leaves Collegeville
on July 15th.
||Last freight train
passes through Collegeville. Last tracks removed by 1980.
||Rt. 422 Expressway - a limited access
highway linking King of Prussia and the Schuylill Expressway
to Reading - opens in Montgomery County. Rt. 29 exits to Collegeville
- Rhone-Poulenc Rorer - moves corporate headquarters to Collegeville.
||Community of the Borough of Collegeville
celebrates bi-centennial of the Perkiomen Bridge.