THE FETTEROLF GALLERY
The gallery behind the main house once served as the Lewin barn. The Gallery houses major collections of memorabilia and artifacts of the schools, manufacturers and retailers in the area.
The Lewin barn was renovated in 2000 when the society purchases the property. It was renamed the Fetterolf Gallery in memory of Carolyn Fetterolf, our first museum director.
H. S. Year Books
Area Retailer History
More than two years ago, the historical society acquired the Col. Thomas McCabe USMCR military memorabilia collection. The items, collected over a period of 40 years were displayed at the 111th Infantry Regiment Museum in the Spring City Armory. Due to planned renovations, the collections had to be relocated. Col. McCabe donated the collection to the historical society. The thousands of items were moved in early December 2018 and work is continuing on displaying them on the second floor of the Gallery under the direction of Robt. W. Hallman, III. Look for an announcement of the grand opening.
Extensive Stove Collection
The museum boasts a collection of more than 37 stoves manufactured in Spring City and Royersford. Included are stoves from Buckwalter, Floyd-Wells, and Grander from Royersford; and Rogers, Smith Francis & Wells, and Shantz and Keeley from Spring City. Most are on display in the Gallery and all are owned by the society. There is also a stove in the Cobbler Shop and another in the kitchen of the Main House.
Historic Local Businesses
Evidence that the towns were bustling centers of commerce can be found in the wide variety of local businesses and services that were once located in Royersford and Spring City. Artifacts used in the businesses as well as many advertising give-aways can be found throughout the gallery room as well as on the first floor of the Main House.
The Gallery houses a replica blacksmith shop assembled from tools used by Spring-Ford Area blacksmiths. Included is a forge, anvil and an assortment of hand tools and vintage farm implements.
Area Schools Collection
The museum is home to an extensive collection of memorabilia from local Spring-Ford schools. There is a collection of year books from both Spring City and Royersford High Schools, as well as every Spring-Ford High School year book since the 1956 jointure. An assortment of student desks and chairs is housed in this area as well as the school bell that was used to announce the start of school at the Franklin Street School located at the corner of Church St. and Pikeland Ave. in Spring City. Other memorabilia includes sports-related items from school and community programs.