East Falls’ Past: Love and Suicide

by efhs_4y4foe • May 17, 2016

What possible connection could our 15th president, James Buchanan, have with East Falls? As it turns out, Buchanan’s financee was buried at Laurel Hill cemetery (ed note:  whoops! Suburban Press got this wrong — see below). The tragedy of her dying before they were married, some say, was the reason he remained our only bachelor […]


Businesses of East Falls 80 Years Ago

by efhs_4y4foe • May 12, 2016

Empty storefronts are a problem in many growing communities like East Falls — not just vacancies, but also finding the right businesses to ensure lively streetscapes & commerce, while preserving our historic buildings and regional charm. Was East Falls always so tricky for development? We might not have answers but in the spirit of Throwback […]


How Did East Falls Get Its Name?

by efhs_4y4foe • May 12, 2016

July 1, 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of East Falls! But how can that be, you ask: is it not well known that this neighborhood, once an independent town, goes back to the 17th century? But only as of 1916 did the Falls of Schuylkill become East Falls. When I (Steven Peitzman, EFHS board […]