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Edgar Allan Poe Tea – January 21, 2017 from 1-3 pm








The Historic Morrisville Society invites you to join us for our Tea in Celebration of Edgar Allan Poe on January 21, 2017 from 1-3 PM at Summerseat, Hillcrest and Legion Avenues, in Morrisville, PA 19067

Tickets $25.00

Join us for

  • Live Readings of Poe’s works
  • A Documentary of Poe’s Life
  • A Trivia Quiz to Test Your Poe Knowledge


  • New England Clam Chowder from Under the Pier
  • Fresh Garden Salad from Mannino’s
  • Oyster Crackers, Rolls and Butter
  • Assorted Hot Teas, Iced Tea, and Spring Water
  • A Selection of Homemade Sweets from the Dessert Bar

Make your Reservations Now

Call Diane at (215) 584-2936 or

Morrisville Free Library at (215) 295-4850 (open M-Th 10.30-8, Sat 10-5, Closed Fri and Sun)

We hope you’ll join us and Edgar Allan Poe at Summerseat

Summerseat Remembers

Summerseat Remembers

Saturday, December 10th, 10 am-4 pm

Come join us at Summerseat Remembers for

Colonial Reenactors

House Tour

Children’s Activities

Fireside Lunch

Bake Sale

Train Displays

Local Crafters and Vendors


Get a jump on Christmas Shopping

Commemorative Mugs and Ornaments Available

George Washington arrives at 11:00 am

Pictures with Santa from 12-2 pm

130 Legion Avenue, Morrisville, PA


All proceeds go to the upkeep of Summerseat

2017 New Memberships and Renewal Memberships


Memberships are an Integral part of Keeping Summerseat Open.

Memberships are a Great Christmas and Holiday Gift for family and friends, especially for those who Love History!









Please print page and enclose this form with membership, making checks payable to HMS

Please mail to Diane Hughes, Treasurer, Historic Morrisville Society, 130 Legion Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067


___ Full Time Student …… $10.

___ Senior Citizen …..….… $ 10.

___ Individual ……….……… $ 15. 

___ Family ……….….…….… $ 25.

___ Colonial ……………….. $ 50. 

___ Soldier ………….……… $ 100.                          

___ Patriot ………………… $ 300.  

___ Lafayette Liberator.. $ 1000.

___ Washington High Command … $ 5,000.               

William Alexander, Lord Stirling

William Alexander, Lord Stirling was born in New York City in 1726. He became one of George Washington’s most loyal military subordinates during the America Revolution.  Stirling previously served as a supply officer during the French and Indian War (Seven Years War), where he first met Lt. George Washington.  He was commissioned as a Brigadier General by Congress in 1776.

Alexander served as a provisioning agent for the British army during the French and Indian War. In this role, he worked closely as an aide de camp to Governor William Shirley. This position offered Alexander the opportunity to interact socially and professionally with many colonial elites, including George Washington.  In 1756, Alexander accompanied Shirley to England to testify on the latter’s behalf.  It was during his stay there that he learned of the vacant seat of Sterling in Scotland and began to pursue a claim to the title.  Although Alexander was never given the legal right to use the term Lord Stirling, Alexander called himself Lord Stirling throughout the rest of his life. In the aftermath of the French and Indian War, Alexander grew disenchanted with the British rule and joined the opposition to British policies.  He joined the active rebellion in 1775, becoming a general officer the following year.  Alexander’s most significant military contribution came in August 1776, when he held off the British troops during the Battle of Long Island long enough to enable Washington to evacuate the remainder of his forces.  As a result of these actions, Stirling was captured by the British and spent several months as a prisoner in New York City.  He was promoted to Major General on February 19, 1777.  In 1777,Alexander served in the Hudson Highlands for a time, and returned to the Philadelphia area afterwards, taking part in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown.  In the aftermath of these affairs, Alexander played a key role in exposing a conspiracy by Thomas Conway and others to unseat Washington as the commander of the Continental Army, the so-called Conway Cabal.  In 1778, Alexander took part in the Battle of Monmouth, where he handled the artillery with particular skill. That summer, between July 4 and August 12, Alexander presided over the Court Martial of Major General Charles Lee. Alexander supported the successful raid on Paulus Hook, after which he played an important role in the poorly managed Staten Island expedition of January 14-15, 1780. Alexander was at General “Mad” Anthony Wayne’s Court of Inquiry of two British spies in Summerseat in 1781. The spies were found guilty and taken to Summerseat’s basement under close guard. The spies were hanged the next morning at the ferry crossing in Colvin’s Ferry (today’s Morrisville).  Stirling also sat on the Board of Inquiry into the actions of Major John Andre. In October 1781, he was awarded command of the Northern Department with his headquarters at Albany. While holding this post, Alexander developed plans for a defense against an expected British thrust from Canada.  Lord Stirling died in Albany New York on January 15th 1783. 

HMS Newsletter October-December 2016


October 22nd HAUNTED DINNER PARTY   6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.   Come to Summerseat’s Haunted Dinner Party and talk GHOSTS after a delicious catered dinner of …. Thinly Sliced Road Kill in a Hearty Marsala Sauce (Chicken Marsala), Roasted Italian Vegetarians (Roasted Vegetables), Ghostly Lasagna (Vegetarian), Roasted Potatoes from the Dark Side of the Moon, Delicate Swamp Greens (Salad), Pounded Toadstool Rolls (Rolls and Butter), and a Chocolaty Dessert.

After dinner, each guest will have a chance to tell their own Ghost Story (about 5 minutes per story so everyone gets a chance). A few Summerseat Hauntings will be discussed. $ 20.00 for dinner on first floor and $25 to eat in the Haunted Crypt (basement where two British Spies were held before their hanging. Really!).   Reservations must be made by Thursday October 20th in the evening.  For reservations call Sharon:  215-295-2900 or 267-847-3089.

Wednesday, December 7th – Summerseat Carol Sing – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Raise your voices in Christmas Happiness like you did in grade school. Punch and Cookies to follow.

Saturday, December 10th – Summerseat Remembers – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Don’t forget our Commemoration of the Day General George Washington arrived at Summerseat in December, 1776. Meet our General George Washington who arrives at 11:00 AM and addresses the crowd assembled. Have your picture taken with the Real Santa Claus in front of Summerseat’s Cozy Fireplace for a cost $5.00, eat delicious Summerseat Soups, and Hot Dogs, you can buy Homemade Baked Goods at Carol’s Bake Shop, meet a Colonial Apothecary Surgeon (you’ll be happy you live in modern times), Delaware Valley Model Railroad Club, a delight for kids and seniors alike, Local Crafters, Crafts for Kids, and much more.


And this year our Local Crafters and Vendors are being invited to sell their goods (10 AM – 4 PM) in Summerseat’s Ballroom on December 10th.  Craft & Vendor set up begins December 9th from 6-8 pm & December 10th, starting at 7 am. Spaces are limited!  Look on Summerseat’s website, Summerseat’s Facebook or call: 215-584-2936, or 267-833-3992 for information.

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 – Edgar Allen Poe Tea Party – 1 PM to 3 PM. (Time approx.)  Save this date for a Delicious Mid-Winter Edgar Allen Poe Tea Party. For information check out Summerseat’s website or Facebook, or make to reservations call: (215)-295-2900. (Snow date Sunday, Jan. 22nd , 2017) Follow Summerseat at: and on Facebook.