The Old African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church located here in the Historic District of Yardley Borough was built in 1877, by African Americans who crossed over the nearby Delaware River from Trenton, New Jersey to what was then named Yardleyville. We are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This location is the headquarters of Gather Place, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We opened our doors on September 10, 2022, as the first African American owned, operated, and permanent Museum in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. With a renewed mission under management of Shirley Lee Corsey, Property Conservator and Executive Director, this historic landmark is being restored through donations and grants. We are providing meaningful community-based exhibits, events and activities about Yardley Borough’s Quaker founders, The Underground Railroad, Yardley's diverse neighborhoods and families, its rich history that includes African Americans going back to Bucks County's origins. We are a living history museum featuring our permanent exhibit, plus periodic exhibits and activies including the overlooked history of the Women's Suffrage movement and their beginnings with the Anti-slavery movement. Supported by documents, photos, filmed documentaries, first-person history lessons, and historical reenactments! Bucks County's history and beyond, told in the tradition of the West African Griots storytellers - All in a FUN, creative, educational, yet entertaining method.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
Learn more about our upcoming events, fundraisers, and more!