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Tinicum offers support to historic status for Stover Farmstead


Ratifying a letter of support requested by Bucks County, Tinicum Township supervisors have authorized the township manager to write to the state historic preservation office to seek the listing of the Jacob Stover Farmstead in the National Register of Historic Places. The action was taken at the supervisors’ Feb. 5 public board meeting.

The River Road property includes the Erwin-Stover House and two additions, including a landmark barn. The letter notes that “William Erwin, builder and owner of the original 1810 section, served as an officer in the Revolutionary War; as a Commonwealth legislator; and as a person in local government,” and adds that “Henry and Jacob Stover, well-established millers, were the successive owners and builders of the two additions, with Henry the builder of the homestead’s landmark barn.”

Also at the Feb. 5 meeting, supervisors announced the availability of free, cable-style gun locks, at the township building, for Tinicum residents. They were described later as suitable for any firearm with a standard trigger that is operated through reservoir and trigger guard. The lock, operated with a key, cannot be applied when a gun is loaded, nor can a gun be loaded when the lock is in place. Instructions are included.

The locks were provided by Project Childsafe, a nationwide program, which operates through the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and partnerships with local law enforcement agencies. Further information on the program is available at, or from the Tinicum Township Police Department.

In other business, supervisors adopted the Service Electric Cable Franchise agreement, which had been advertised, and accepted with regret and praise for service rendered, the resignation of Ted Leister from the township planning commission.

They also accepted, with gratitude, a $1,000 donation from the estate of Blanche Wehrung, who passed away last year. The family business started in 1946, and currently features Wehrung’s Lumber and Home Center on Route 611 in Ottsville, and four other outlets in Ottsville and Chalfont.