Driveway to the historic Lukens farm circa 1945.  Today it is the entrance to Dock Mennonite Academy along the Forty Foot Road.

A circa 1795 farmhouse prior to restoration near the Sumneytown Pike, on Maxwell Court.  Over time the historic farmhouse was occupied by the Heckler, Rosenberger, Hunsberger, Dean and McNeal families. 


Drake's Corner Creamery in 1891.  Today it is the site of the Towamencin Village Shopping Center along the Allentown Road.  It was known as the Old Mill in the 1940's and 50's as well as The Store.  Today The Store is located in the shopping center.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​TOWAMENCIN HISTORY 

Sumneytown Pike Kulpsville circa 1907

TIMELINE 

  • The first people to inhabit the area we call Towamencin Township today, migrated here thousands of years ago from Asia via the Bering Strait.  Today we refer to them as the Lenape.
  • 1704, Welsh Quakers Elizabeth and Edward Morgan were the first Europeans to settle in Towamencin Township.  Their home still stands along Weikel Road.  At this time Towamencin was still part of Gwynedd Township.
  • Circa 1704, Jan Lucken and Abraham Tennis from Germantown bought one thousand acres of land in Towamencin.  It is not known when they moved into the Towamencin.  However, Jan's son Abraham's name appears on a township petition in 1728, requesting Towamencin be formed out of Gwynedd.  Abraham Tennis' name first appears on Towamencin records in 1733.
  • 1713, The Godshall brothers moved into Towamencin from Germantown.  One of the brothers Jacob became the first Mennonite Bishop in the colonies.  Other Mennonite families followed their lead in the following decades.
  • 1728, Towamencin Township is formed as a result of a separation from Gwynedd Township.  
  • 1734,  The first Schwenkfelder families move into Towamencin.
  • Circa 1750, according to some historians, Johannes Springer built the first gristmill in Towamencin Township.  The mill was located along the Towamencin Creek across from present day Fischer's Park.  
  • Circa 1760, Godshall Godshall (his surname was the same as his Christian name) builds a mill along the Skippack Creek.
  • 1768, George Lukens is born in Towamencin Township.  The farmhouse where he lived most of his life, is now the Dock Mennonite Academy Administration building.
  • 1777 October 8-16, General George Washington and 11,000 Continental troops camped in Towamencin Township on the Wampole and neighboring farms.  They shared Towamencin fields and provisions with the residents while resting for a week from the Revolutionary War for Independence. 
  • 1791, Mordecai Davis buys 6 acres of land along the Great Road (Sumneytown Pike) from Jacob Kulp a Towamencin farmer.  Mordecai's combination home and an inn was the first building in what one day becomes Kulpsville.
  • 1812, December of this year the Tennis School opened.  It was located along the Allentown Road somewhere between Reinert Road and the Forty Foot Road. It was the latest school in Towamencin Township.  Schoolmaster George Lukens was the first schoolmaster at the new school.
  • 1833,  Lutherans and Reformed Christians from the Towamencin area build a house of worship on the Sumneytown Road.  The church was used on alternate Sundays by the two denominations until they each built their own houses of worship in 1911/12.
  • 1851, Contruction begins on the first tax payer funded schoolhouses open for all township children.   Earlier Towamencin schools were operated by local churches or schoolmasters.
  • 1854, The North Penn Railroad laid its tracks of steel through Gwynedd Township bypassing Kulpsville on their way to the Lehigh Valley.  A railroad stop near the Jenkins farm quickly blossomed into a thriving town and soon became a center for industry, we know today as Lansdale.  Kulpsville remained a small village and Towamencin Township a farming community.  
  • 1857, Construction on the first steam powered gristmill in Montgomery County is complete; built by Charles Wampole on the site of the historic Godshall Mill along the Skippack Creek.  He named it Pleasant Valley Steam Mill.  Forty years later, across the road in Salford Township Jacob Clemens opened a pork processing plant naming it after the old mill.  After a fire destroyed the plant in 1946, the Clemens family bought a pork processing place in Hatfield on Funk Road and named the business Hatfield Packing Company.
  • 1954, Construction began on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and an interchange was built in Kulpsville.  Today Kulpsville and Towamencin Township are experiencing growth because of its important link to Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and beyond.