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Flourtown, PA 19031
September 22nd The Origin of the name Enfield and its Contibution to the Decorative Arts
Presented by Ed Zwicker III - Please see below.
November 11th History in Motion - The "Wild, Wild West"
Presented at Sandy Run Country Club - Please see below.
The Origin of the name Enfield
and its
Contribution to the Decorative Arts

Presented by Ed Zwicker III

Blue Garden Urn

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church
Bethlehem Pike & East Mill Road in Flourtown, PA

Have you ever heard of Five Points Elementary School or Five Points Evangelical Presbyterian Church? If not for Joseph Heatly Dulles Allen and his Enfield Pottery and Tile Works, that's what they might be called today.

Allen was living on his father's farm when he became invalided after a fall from his polo pony. While recovering, he began experimenting with clays he found on the property at Church and Paper Mill Rds., and decided to start a pottery business.

The pottery included a two-foot high blue garden urn that is believed to have been owned by Allen's uncle, Heatly Dulles, who lived in Villanova. The urn is among the works by Allen now in the historical society collection.

Allen expanded his business from making pottery to making decorative tiles for local architects and for businesses such as Philadelphia's William Watts & Co. The tiles were then sold to contractors who used them on floors and walls. In bathrooms and kitchens tiles were installed halfway up the wall and finished with a border tile.

Because of the volume of his shipments, the U.S. government moved the post office from Laverock to Enfield in 1908. The post office was moved to Oreland in 1934. Joseph Allen's most notable commissions include the Pan American Building in Washington, D.C. and the Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Florida. Today the name Enfield has become part of Springfield Township. The name Enfield comes from the town in England where Allen's ancestors came from, and from the name of the town in Connecticut where Allen's father grew up.

In addition to learning all about the Allen family and the origins of the "Enfield Stock Farm and Kennels," the presentation will also explore the work of the noted Philadelphia artist blacksmith, Samuel Yellin and his contribution to our township's architecture.

During his research, Zwicker, a volunteer in the historical society archives, has uncovered some interesting facts that he hopes will be new to the residents of Springfield Township.

Please join us on April 21 for this program by Ed Zwicker. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed.

For more information call 215-233-4600

PLEASE NOTE : Attendees to the September program are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to the First Presbyterian Church's neighborhood food pantry. Please help us to support this important cause.

The "Wild, Wild West"
The Fourth Annual History in Motion

Wild, Wild West

Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Sandy Run Country Club
200 E. Valley Green Rd., Oreland, PA

SAVE THE DATE! Friday, November 11

The Springfield Township Historical Society will host its fourth annual History in Motion on Friday, November 11. The event will take place from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Sandy Run Country Club, 200 E. Valley Green Rd., Oreland

The evening's festivities, planned on a theme of the "Wild, Wild West" will feature a wine tasting offered by Chaddsford Winery; a live auction featuring art, collectibles and jewelry; seated dinner and a western-themed show,"The Good, the Bad and the Deadly", presented by Without a Cue Productions.

Tickets are available at Tickets are being offered on an Early Bird Special for $50 each, a $25 reduction in booking price if you buy them before October 2. Tickets will be $75 if purchased before November 7, the deadline to buy tickets.

History in Motion IV will assist the historical society, a 501(c)3 organization based in Flourtown, in the continuation of its mission of researching and preserving the history of Springfield Township and educating the general public as to this history.

The historical society continues to welcome sponsorship for this event. For more information on sponsorship, call Amanda Helwig at 215-233-5000, extension 124. For more information about the historical society and History in Motion, call the historical society at 215-233-4600 or visit

To view the History in Motion Sponsor Form Click here.

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