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People are what make our Municipality the incredible place it is. We are a diverse group of individuals with a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, interests, and necessities. But we all have one thing in common: we proudly call Rose Valley Borough home.
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ROSE VALLEY FOLK
The Folk celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2001. Its history is closely linked to that of the Arts and Crafts movement in Rose Valley. Today the Rose Valley Folk is a social organization whose membership is open to both Borough residents and non-residents. From September to June, the Folk sponsors a variety of events that provide an opportunity to meet and socialize with friends and neighbors. The Folk also holds two Red Cross blood drives each year and sponsors Boy Scout Troop 272
Jasper Deeter, a professional actor and director, arrived in Rose Valley in 1922. His goal was repertory theatre and he saw a nucleus of talent in the Rose Valley Players and a place suited for performances in the Guild Hall, as the building was then called. When controversy arose over the use of Guild Hall, Deeter declared, "We'll have a theatre if we have to play in the hedgerows," thus giving the theatre its current name. Hedgerow has weathered financial crises and a devastating arson fire in 1985, but Deeter's vision has kept it going. Today, Hedgerow Theatre is alive and well. The company stages approximately 20 adult and children's productions each year, offers adult and children's acting classes and runs several weeks of theatre camp in the summer. www.hedgerowtheatre.org
ROSE VALLEY MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Society was formed in 1998 for the purpose of preserving the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in Rose Valley. Like the founders of Byrdcliffe and Roycroft, the founders of the Rose Valley Arts and Crafts community, led by William Lightfoot Price, tried to resist the 20th century dehumanization of workers by establishing a community where hand craftmanship was valued. William Price also helped establish a single-tax community in Arden, Delaware. The furniture and art produced by these communities are rare and highly prized items. The Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society held a show in 2001 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the movement in Rose Valley. With a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development, the Society was able to photograph these treasures and establish a virtual museum and gallery at www.rosevalleymuseum.org.
More information of the arts and crafts movement can be found at www.arts-crafts.com
ROSE VALLEY SWIM & TENNIS CLUB
A private corporation, the Rose Valley Swimming Pool was formed in 1926.
Built on the site of community swimming hole Lotus Pond (c. 1840) – a mill pond which supplied power to Hutton’s Mill (now Hedgerow Theatre) – Rose Valley Swimming Pool was established in 1926. One of the oldest clubs in Delaware County, the Pool is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The pool welcomes new members, both residents and non-residents of the Borough.
Rose Valley Swimming Pool Corporation
P.O. Box 56
Rose Valley, PA 19065
GARDENERS OF ROSE VALLEY
The Gardeners of Rose Valley began beautifying Rose Valley in 1998, taking care of the garden at the Rose Valley train station and the rose garden at Pew Park. Both of those gardens have received PHS Community Garden awards. As the Club grew to around 40 members, horticultural horizons grew to the Club's participation in the Philadelphia Flower Show. The Club creates May baskets which are given out to special residents and decorate the street signs with evergreen swags for the holiday season. Membership in the Club is open to anyone interested in contributing to the community. For more information, contact Paula Healy at 610-566-2040.