It’s Finally Official! Hatfield’s Century-Old Former Jailhouse, Firehouse Granted Historic Status

Hatfield officials unveil a marker designating the borough's former electric substation and jailhouse as an entry on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy of Dan Sokil, Digital First Media.

Borough officials recently unveiled a marker for one of Hatfield’s oldest buildings, the town’s former jailhouse, electric substation, and firehouse, which designates that it is on the National Register of Historic Places, writes Dan Sokil for the Lansdale Reporter.

This is the town’s first historic marker unveiling and the ribbon-cutting highlighted the Founders’ Day celebration. Hundreds of local residents and visitors gathered to enjoy a night of local vendors, good music, and fun activities in the town’s Centennial Park.

The building was constructed in 1908 as an electric substation. Two years later, the Fire Company kept its fire truck there until the firehouse was built in 1925. It was later sold to a textile company and returned to the Borough in the late 1980s.

Borough councilman Larry Stevens commented that the effort was several years in the making.

“About five years ago, as I sat in this building on a Founders’ Day just like tonight, I got to wondering just how unique this building was,” he said.

Read more about the historic building in the Lansdale Reporter by clicking here.

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