~ Telford

The thriving village of Telford, on the line of Bucks and Montgomery counties, and partly in the township of Rockhill and Hilltown in Bucks and Franconia in Montgomery, with the' North Pennsylvania railroad running through it, was named after Telford, the celebrated English Engineer. The site was purchased of James Hamilton, by Christian Dettra, 1737. He sold it to Abraham Gerhart, 1785, and it thence passed to his son· John, 1810, and then through various hands to the present owners. The first house was built by Isaac G. Gerhart, 1857, and occupied for 'a dwelling, and the same year Thomas B. Woodward erected the steam mills and a large tavern known as the County Line Hotel," which Jacob Souder, opened January I, 1,858, and Mr. Gerhart opened the first store in the new village on April I, of the same year.· The mills were destroyed by fire in 186,. Telford has had a steady growth since its foundation, the census showing a population of 73 in 1865; 83 in 1866; 1867, 1°5; 1875, 421, with 87 dwellings. It is regularly laid out, the streets • broad and straight, crossing each other at right angles, and the surrounding' populous and charming. It has the complement of mechanics, stores, lumber, coal and lime yards, three public halls, churches and a Postoffice. The Trinity Reformed church was erected, 1897. The( preliminary meeting was held February 27, eleven persons being present; the contract was awarded June 9, corner stone laid July 25 with appropriate ceremonies, and' the first sermon preached Dec. 5, by the Rev. Jacob Kehn in the Sunday-' , ,school room in German. A Sunday school was organized with ninety-one .scholars, January 2, 1898, and the church dedicated, May 29, the style of architecture is Gothic, built of Rockhill granite with blue stone trimmings. The main building is 36x55 feet with Sunday school annex, 42X3I, and basement for Society meetings. The whole cost was six thousand dollars. 






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