Jacobsburg Historical Society Collections

John Joseph Henry House

Objects and furnishings collected and used by generations of the Henry family remain in the John Joseph Henry House. In 1832 John Joseph Henry (1786-1836) and his wife Rebecca Smith Henry (1785-1871) built the ambitious Philadelphia townhouse on the Bushkill. Five generations of the Henry family lived in the home, filling it with musical instruments, […]

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Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum

The Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum, which opened to the public in 2006, contains a substantial collection of original, hand-crafted Pennsylvania longrifles and items related to the making of longrifles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum features more than 100 historic arms on either permanent display or in rotating, topical exhibits. Displays feature […]

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Jacobsburg Historical Society Archives

Jacobsburg Historical Society Archives comprises materials that document the lives of the descendants of William Henry of Lancaster (1729-1786), who learned the trade of gunsmith in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in the 1740s. The earliest documents in the Archives date to these years. Some papers relate to William Henry II (1757-1821) and his children who built and […]

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Nicholas Hawk Gun Shop

The nineteenth-century gunshop of Nicholas Hawk (1782-1844), one of the most talented makers of Pennsylvania longrifles. sat on the Hawk property in Gilbert, Monroe County, just across the Blue Mountains from the Henry gunworks at Boulton. When the structure was threatened with demolition in 2003, volunteers from Jacobsburg Historical Society dismantled the old gunshop, timber […]

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Expert's Archives

From the Expert’s Archives Henry-Made Underhammer Firearms Visitors to the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum of the Jacobsburg Historical Society often show interest in the unique underhammer guns on display in the museum. These firearms are quite rare and are very unique for this area. It is fortunate that all the original Henry Gun manufacturing facility shop […]

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