Upper Dublin Creates Street Signs to Celebrate Early Settlers and Forge Township’s Identity


A new historical sign on Dreshertown Road. Photos courtesy of Linda Finarelli, Digital First Media.

To honor the history of early settlers in the area, Upper Dublin Township has created street signs highlighting their family names along some of its major roadways, writes Linda Finarelli for Montgomery Media.

Two years ago, three of the blue-and-gold signs went up in Jarrettown, and another three Dreshertown signs popped up recently.

“It’s part of an effort to recognize the history of Upper Dublin and give some identity to some neighborhoods,” said Township Manager Paul Leonard.

Dick and Betsy Dresher.
Dick and Betsy Dresher.

Longtime Fort Washington resident Dick Dresher could not hide his surprise when Leonard showed up at his door on Memorial Day weekend to show him one of the signs.

Dresher said that his ancestors left the Prussian province of Silesia and came to the U.S. via England in 1734 to escape religious persecution. The Dreshers moved to Upper Dublin in 1742, where the namesake of the village, Christopher Dresher, was born in 1771.

“It makes me feel good to have the sign there,” said Dresher. “It’s nice to preserve history, whether it’s Jarrettown or Dreshertown.”

Read more about the new signs from Montgomery Media by clicking here.


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