Historical Landmarks

The Perkasie Carousel

The Perkasie Carousel, located in Menlo Park near 3rd Street and Park Avenue, is operated and maintained by the Perkasie Historical Society. This non-profit organization has leased the carousel from Perkasie Borough since 1968 for $1 per year. carousel_ride The carousel was purchased in 1951, replacing an 1891 model that had hand-carved wooden horses. The building that houses the carousel was built in 1895. After a heavy snowfall collapsed the roof in 1995, the community organized a major restoration of the historic building. The entire park, including the carousel, was purchased by the Borough of Perkasie in 1955. The purchase was approved by the voters in a general referendum by a vote ratio of 5 to 1, for $115,000. The other rides and attractions located on this former private park were operated by the borough until the early 1960’s when all but the carousel was demolished. Thirty five cents (or three rides for $1.00) is all you need to ride the carousel (Mothers ride free on Mother’s Day, and father’s ride free on Father’s Day). The 2013 schedule is as follows: carrouselsign

2016 Schedule

 

DAY

DATE

TIME

Sunday

May 8

Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Monday

May 30

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

June 19

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

July 10

Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday

July  31

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

August  21

Noon – 5:00 p..m.

Sunday

September 11

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

October 2

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday

December 3

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Parties at the Carousel!

Celebrate your birthday or special day with a party at the Historic Perkasie Carousel!

Your package includes: 1 hour of carousel rides; hotdog, chips, drink & ice cream; 1 free carousel T-shirt; 4 ride tickets for a future date.

Package price is $10.00 per person. The carousel is open from Noon until 5:00 PM. Parties are limited to dates of operation only. Contact Ginny Shaffer to reserve your date at (267) 221-7110.

The Covered Bridge

covered_bridge_in_spring In Bucks County Pennsylvania in 1832 the Covered Bridge was built as a means of transportation. This bridge was one of two covered bridges first built in Bucks County. Unfortunately there were a few disadvantages to using this bridge. It was too narrow to pass through and was not strong enough. To fix this problem they would have had to take it all apart and make an expansion, but they did not want to do that. So in 1958 the covered bridge was moved off of Main Street in Perkasie and put on land at Lenape Park where it can still be found today.

Today the bridge is maintained by the Perkasie Historical Society along with other volunteers. Over the past few years Perkasie Historical Society has raised money to maintain this fascinating bridge. The bridge is now used as one of Perkasie’s historical sites and a romantic wedding location. This bridge is truly enjoyed by Perkasie and all of the surrounding boroughs and townships. Perkasie Borough residents take great pride in this historical site.

PERKASIE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Membership Meetings  Call (215) 257-1322 to reserve your seat. Dinners are $12, payable at the door. The deadline for reservations is the Friday before each meeting. Meetings are held at 6:30 pm at the First Methodist Church

Tuesday, June 7th:  Membership picnic at Menlo Park- reservations required.


Museum Events http://www.perkasiehistory.org/Museum.htm

Saturday and Sunday May 21st and 22nd (Noon to 4 pm): Memorial Day Memories

This is a display of how Memorial Day was celebrated over the years. May images of Perkasie Parades and celebrations.

 

Saturday and Sunday June 18th and 19th (Noon to 4 pm): St. Andrews’s Church Anniversary

This is a display sharing the history of St. Andrew’s UCC and St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Perkasie .  These two congregations at one time shared the oldest remaining church building in Perkasie.

Current Projects

  • The Newspaper Digitization Project
The Central News editions from 1881 – 1943 are microfilmed ! Our goal is to have these papers available online. . This effort would not only preserve the content documenting social, political and community events as published in the local newspapers for future generations but also enable greater access to historic researchers, students and genealogist.
  • Acquisition and Preservation of the Stout Family Saur Bible and Historic Land Deeds
We are approaching the half way mark in our fund raising goal to preserve and display the local historic items from the Stout Family,the “First Family of Perkasie”. Our goal is to preserve and retain these items because they reflect the local history of Perkasie. More information on these projects and how you can help can be found by accessing the website at http://www.perkasiehistory.org Donations may be sent to the Perkasie Historical Society, 513 W. Walnut Street, Perkasie, PA 18944.  Thank you for your support of local history! Our Preservation Projects http://www.perkasiehistory.org/index.h