Members of the Aston Township Historical Society (ATHS) will be at tonight’s 7 P.M. meeting of the Aston Board of Commissioners to publicly declare their opposition to the proposed demolition of the Mattson Crozer House, 10 Red Hill Road.
According to ATHS President Sheila Withelder, the home, which sits in a bucolic setting, was built in the late 1800’s by the Mattson family near the West Branch Mills. The Mills are still standing and were once owned by the Mattson family.
Aaron Mattson held church meetings in his home and also opened his home to Francis Asbury and later donated the land on which Mt. Hope United Methodist Church stands today.
The house and mill were bought by John P. Crozer in 1826. He built Crozer Hospital and his wife, Sally Knowles Crozer, lived there. Crozer also built a school for his workers’ children on Red Hill Road which is still standing and in use today.
The home is now owned by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. It was lived in by the Sisters until August, 2016.
“Please come and show your support for this extremely important historic home in which these well known and generous citizens of Aston lived and worked,” Withelder said. “Please help ATHS save our town’s and your history.”
Withelder said the Historical Society is asking for commissioners to deny, or at least postpone, making a decision until it can be determined if the structure is architecturally sound.
Withelder said she has prepared a slide show to be presented at the commissioner’s meeting.