What is the differenc
between a ghost,
a spirit, and a spook?
Find out at these events:
Discover another side to Boyertown.
Take part in a Haunted Train Ride
or.... read about
Haunted Boyertown.
Go to the events page for details
on these exciting offerings including
Charles Adam III book on the strange
and mysterious happenings in Boyertown.

Volunteers Wanted!
There are a wide variety of areas
needing volunteers from creating
displays to assisting researchers....
Please consider volunteering at the
Historical Society.  
Copyright 2014: Boyertown Area Historical Society
Cyrus Reifsneider  on the old
Colebrookdale railroad c. 1920's
Haunted Boyertown
Train Ride!
Go to events for more information.
On November  22, 2014, at 6:00 PM,
ride the Ghost Train along the route
of the Colebrookdale Railroad,
between Boyertown and Pottstown.  
Charles Adams, III will personally
entertain passengers with stories of ghosts
and the unexplainable.....
Reserve early on the
events page and at

2014 Programs resume in October
From a church tour and organ
recital to model railroading and
Christmas ornaments
....come and
enjoy the many excellent
programs scheduled for the
remainder of 2014
Go to the
program page for
additional information.
Copyright, 2014. Boyertown Area Historical Society

Boyertown, PA  19512
General email:
Museum and Library:
Office Manager:
Web Site:
9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
5:00-9:00 PM
Please contact the
Museum and Library Director
or Office Manager
for Information on Group Tours
and Educational Programs.
Closed Holidays

Public Programs:
7:00 PM
First Wednesday of the Month,
October to June
Society Building
(no meeting in January)
2014 programs

Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Vendor Spaces have sold out for
the 2014 Der Belsnickel, and
a wait list is being established.
For more information, use the
Craft Show link.

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Boyertown Historical Society
Area Historical Society
This day in the Boyertown Area:  November 1, 1880
Nearly all the Democrats' places of business are closed tonight for fear of
violence.  Members of the Tow Path Club of Pottstown, armed and looking
for violence, came to town for a Republican political meeting "to give it to
those dumb Democrats."  They flourished their pistols and uttered threats
against the Boyertown people.  When Alexander Sassaman shouted, "Hurrah
for Hancock." (a Civil War hero and Democratic candidate for President),
someone shouted "go for him" and, with axes raised, they attacked.  
Sassaman started to run but was overtaken and inflicted with several wounds
on his head, one of which chopped of a piece of his skull and cut a deep gash
into his brain.  He fell senseless to the sidewalk.  Charles Spatz, the editor of
Boyertown Democrat, believed that the Republican leaders were
determined to hold a meeting in Boyertown to cause violence and imported a
gang of armed ruffians to attack the first man giving them an excuse.  Spatz
condemned the Republicans for taking the law into their own hands and
stated that, "the affair plainly shows the revengeful spirit of the Republicans
and how they are inclined to rule."  
(The Republican Candidate, James A. Garfield defeated Hancock.)