NHC Announces Nockamixon Historic Asset Survey

NHC Announces Nockamixon Historic Asset Survey

Kintnersville Trolley Tracks

At the base of the Nockamixon Palisades ran the Easton-Bristol Trolley.

The Nockamixon Historic Commission has embarked on an ambitious plan to survey all historic assets of the township. Commissioners and volunteers are currently engaged in the physical “windshield survey” of each property over fifty years old in the township. They’re being advised by Cory Kergrise of the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, who has trained them in professional survey techniques and provided sample survey forms with which to efficiently capture the data. This survey will form the foundation of all other projects undertaken by the Commission, whose mission it is to preserve and promote Nockamixon’s historic treasures.

Those interested in participating as volunteers are encouraged to contact the Commission through Nockamixon’s township office at 610-847-5058, or send an email to noxhistcomm [at] gmail.com. Contact liaison is Shirley Bonsall for this project.

History Detectives Needed: Stories, Photos, Recollections Sought For Upcoming Book From Former Students of Bridgeton, Nockamixon Township One-Room Schoolhouses

Blanche & Doris Shick at Center Hill School

Blanche & Doris Shick at Center Hill School

FERNDALE, PA. – The Nockamixon Historic Commission is seeking submissions of personal stories, recollections and school-related photos from former students of the twelve one-room schoolhouses in Bridgeton and Nockamixon townships. The group is including both because the two were a single township before they split in 1890. These materials will be used in preparing a narrative to be published as an illustrated book next fall.

Most sought after are first-person recollections and accounts, and photos taken in and around the one-room schoolhouses. Best are images in which the buildings themselves are identifiable. Secondhand accounts (“as told to”) and journals or diaries are also wonderful sources. News clippings are acceptable if they’re clearly readable. It’s helpful if as many people as possible appearing in photos are identified, along with any pertinent dates and occasions.

Typed or handwritten accounts are welcome, and computer-generated accounts are encouraged. Hardcopy photos will be scanned to digital format. The Commission asks that contributions be made as soon as possible so we can include your content in our publication.

Interested parties with anything to contribute to this local history project are asked to contact Commission Chair Neil Jesiolowski at 610-847-2394 or via email at jesski@frontiernet.net at their earliest convenience. Those who desire to mail their materials can do so to: Neil Jesiolowski, Chairman, Nockamixon Historic Commission, PO Box 100, Ferndale, PA 18921. You may also use the reply form below.

Please be sure to include the way the material should be attributed. Arrangements will be made to pick up any materials that cannot be emailed or mailed at the convenience of the contributor. All donated materials will be returned in good condition, along with any other original documents lent to the Commission for this purpose.

The Nockamixon Historic Commission is authorized by ordinance to identify and preserve assets of Nockamixon Township which may be of historical significance.

Nockamixon has its own Historic Commission!


The Township of Nockamixon has formed an Historic Commission, whose sole authority and purpose at time of inception is to preserve the historic assets of the township. As a point of introduction, we visit the beginnings of the township, according to “The History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania,” Chapter XXX!V, by W.W.H. Davis:

By the spring of 1742 the inhabitants of Nockamixon thought themselves numerous enough to be organized into a township. At the June term 25 citizens, who styled themselves “inhabitants of the adjacents of Plumstead,” whose names we have already given, petitioned the court, praying them to allow a township “to be laid out joining Durham, then descending the river to the London tract,” with the following boundaries:

“Beginning at a black oak on the bank of the Delaware river, being a corner of Durham tract; thence by the said tract, and land of Thomas Blair, south 70 degrees, west 1,040 perches; thence by land of William Ware, southeast 240 perches; thence southwest 540 perches to Haycock run; thence down said run to Tohickon creek; thence down the said creek to a tract of land laid out to James Sterling; thence by that and the London company’s land, northeast 2, 140 perches to the river Delaware; thence up the same to the place of beginning – containing by computation 6,000 acres.” The boundaries have never been changed that we are aware of, [until Bridgeton was cut off in 1890,*] and the original area is now computed at 12, 500 acres. The court, at the same term, ordered the township laid out in accordance with the prayer of the petitioners. It was surveyed September 9, 1743, by Nicholas Scull, and confirmed at the April term, 1746. Like Tinicum, the name of Nockamixon is of Indian origin, and has been retained, much to the credit of our name-changing race. Heckewelder says that “Nockamixon” signifies, in the Delaware language, “the place at the three houses;” but what connection there is between

“three houses” and the township’s name is not explained. On the back of the petition to the court, asking to have the township organized, is written the following couplet:

“As rocks in Nockamixon mate the skies,

So let this town to Nockamixon rise.”

which fails, however, to throw any light on the subject. In a deed of 1762, the township is spelled “Noximinson.”

The Gallows Run Watershed lies mainly in Nockamixon Township.

The Gallows Run Watershed lies mainly in Nockamixon Township.