Greetings, and welcome to the Historical Society of Riverton's website for our town, founded in 1851, by a group of ten Philadelphians for summer homes for their families. Displayed within its scant square mile area of Victorian-flavored neighborhoods and gaslamp-lined streets are more than 150 years of American architectural styles. More than half of Riverton's buildings are included in the State and National Directories of Historic Places.

Here is the venerable Porch Club, birthplace of the PTA; Riverton Yacht Club, one of the oldest and still active yacht clubs in the country; the beloved Riverton Public School which just turned one hundred; treasured churches and other institutions, as well as businesses and a hometown to almost 3,000 proud Rivertonians.

Our masthead banner, derived from a delightful folk art painting by Riverton author and artist, Anne Knight Ruff, evokes the charm and vitality of our richly historic borough and serves as your invitation to explore it further with us.

Chilly? Shake it off at the Library mug sale – Sunday 1-3 pm

Taylors mugOver fifty different styles of historically themed mugs now available.

Just in – 5 new Porch Club styles, 7 new Riverton Yacht Clubs, and a cool Nellie Bly mug.

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Gear up, Rivertonians. The Great Riverton Cycling Weekend looms

Bicycle News, 1895-04-15 Phila InquirerThe Great Riverton Cycling Weekend is coming up in just ten weeks, and the HSR is on board to help promote and support both events.

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Here are the riders before they departed from NYC in 2014.

Rob Gusky, Riverton Favorite Son and organizer, is planning now from his home in Wisconsin for the second running of the Historic Riverton Century (NYC-Riverton) on June 11, culminating with a 3-Mile Community Ride when the athletes arrive from New York.


Riverton Bicycle Track sign

Riverton Bicycle Track sign

The first time, in 2014, Rob also started an indiegogo crowdfunding effort and secured additional sponsors that resulted in the Borough scoring an awesome historical marker near the site of Riverton’s old bicycle track.


Carlos rocks a HRCriterium t-shirt at the 2015 race

Carlos rocks a HRCriterium t-shirt at the 2015 race

Carlos Rogers‘ 6th Annual Historic Riverton Criterium, follows on Sunday, June 12, and consists of a number of races ranging from a 200 meter kids’ race to a 35 mile professional race over a 0.8mile, 6 turn, technical flat and fast course through the center of Riverton.

What can we say about a guy who has the vision to originate and bring to the normally quiet streets of old Riverton a frenzied fun event to kick off the Summer, and then proceeds to give away twenty-grand to community organizations over five years?

Each of these guys had me at “Historic Riverton” as they not only conceived of new Riverton traditions, but also managed to “give back” to everybody’s favorite hometown in impactful ways.

How about you? – JMc

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Spring snatched away for now – warm up with a book and a cuppa

hsr cuppa mug graphicMug sale from 1-3 pm today at Riverton Free Library during the Used Book Sale.

Here’s a flyer that explains more. JMc

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Sunday Mug Sale at Riverton Free Library

HSR coffee mug saleBy popular demand the Historical Society of Riverton mug sale returns to the Riverton Free Library from 1 pm -3 during for the next three Sundays during the RFL’s used book sale.

With Mother’s Day, graduations, and all kinds of spring get-togethers coming up, these make great presents.

Put some candy from Bayard’s, loose-leaf tea from the New Leaf, or ground gourmet coffee in one and you have an unforgettable hostess or housewarming gift.

Bill Probsting, Pat Brunker, and Nancy Hall, each volunteered to be there one Sunday to sell mugs on April 3, April 10, and April 17.

The mugs sold like the proverbial hotcakes in the weeks preceding Christmas when I sold them there. If you liked yours, we’s like to hear some feedback and see some photos.

This guy loves his.

$15 each. Proceeds benefit the HSR. See the Antique Event article, just below for more details and photos of these unique mugs. Questions? Use the contact form or call the number you find on the 38 mug poster PDF .- JMc

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HSR Antique event this Saturday 11am-3pm at RIverton School

2015 Antique Event at Palmyra

Magnificent bronze from 2015 Antique Event at Palmyra

There is still time!

Explore your attic,  rummage through your basement, search your garage, and check your jewelry box.

This wind-up toy still works.

Working wind-up toy from 2013 Antique Event at Riverview Estates

Renowned Philadelphia antiques expert, Mr. Ronald E. Shaffer, ISA, and Mr. Nicholas Fratto, manager of Palmyra’s Anthony Jewelers and Master Gemologist will offer their expert verbal opinions of value for your antiques and fine jewelry at the Society’s Antique & Collectible Event this coming Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Riverton School’s Gym.

Guests may start to register by 10:45.

$5 for each item. See more details in an earlier post here.

In addition, over 30 different mugs will be available for sale at the event. For a close-up inspection of both sides of every mug view a 2.45MB PDF here or see a YouTube slide show below. – JMc







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