Falls Township’s hot spot Saturday was Yardley Avenue in Fallsington. More than a thousand people came out to Historic Fallsington Day to see live performances, ride horse-drawn carriages, and enjoy spending time with their neighbors.
With meeting records dating back to 1683, Fallsington is a community almost forgotten by time. While close to some major highways, it is nestled away north of Tyburn Road. Preserved buildings line the main drag, some dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
“It’s somewhat forgotten, but we see that as a good thing,” said Kimberly Boice. As Executive Director of Historic Fallsington, Inc., Boice was ecstatic about the turnout. “We like to engage with people about life in the past.”
Almost 70 tents went up and down the long hill, with most people gathered at each end. Walking along Yardley Avenue, passersby had a chance to sample local cider donuts, maple syrup, and even hot sauce.
But there was also plenty for anyone who was not hungry. Down near the Stagecoach Tavern, live performers entertained for hours. Walter Anderson led the indigenous Rising Turtle dance ensemble. Plus puppets, vaudeville, and Heritage Dancers in reproduced colonial garb all made appearances.
Board member Allen Toadvine came out to enjoy the festivities. In between sampling and buying different foods, he focused on the neighbors and people who all came out for a day of community.
“Fallsington is great. I saw a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a long time. It was nice getting back here.”
Historic Fallsington has tours and special events throughout the year. Up next is their “Spirits of the Past Tours” on Oct. 26 will focus on the area’s supernatural stories.
Kimberly Boice said the society is always looking for ideas from the community. People can submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.