Slaves and Servants

The story of Neebor Lee would be incomplete without acknowledging the slaves and servants who once worked this property.  Yes, you read that correctly. Early in the history of the Neebor Lee property, when the local properties were still called “plantations”, slaves worked this land under at least one former landowner. And this landowner was…

The Death of a Dutchman

After 65 years of ownership by English Quakers, the land upon which the Neebor Lee house was to be later built would be sold to a Dutchman named Anton Vanderslice in 1748. It should be noted that colonists from Holland had actually occupied lands in the Delaware Valley of eastern Pennsylvania long before the arrival of William…

The Road to Oletheho

Oletheho was the name given by native Americans of the Lenni Lenape tribe to the land situated between the northern bank of the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen Creek. It would represent the westernmost extent of the lands purchased by William Penn from the tribe in 1684 for the purpose of ensuring peace so that Europeans, and in particular…