Archival Adventures in Small Repositories
Historic Sugartown, Inc. was founded in 1983 to restore the Village of Sugartown located at Sugartown and Boot Roads in Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Historic Sugartown is "dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of a 19th-century village, to provide an authentic experience of culture and architecture; and to enhance the understanding of our American heritage." The organization stewards nine buildings, a large object collection, and around six linear feet of archival holdings dating from the 1790s to 1980s. The archives document the Worrall and John family, early Sugartown residents who operated a general store and post office, through family papers and business records; as well as various other residents, businesses, organizations, and buildings through scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, deeds, and other materials.