The Chesterfield Township Historical Society will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at 2pm at the Chesterfield Baptist Church.
" The Chesterfield Township Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, January 20th at the Chesterfield Baptist Church, 209 Matthews Lane, Chesterfield. All are welcome to attend. The program presented will be a continuation of last year’s presentation on the History of the Rancocas Farm, currently known Helis Farm. Speaker Dave Smith will reintroduce the fascinating history of this local Jobstown historic landmark, and continue the slide presentation he was unable to finish last year due to time constraints. The Rancocas Farm was an American thoroughbred horse racing stud farm and racing stable founded in the 1870s by wealthy tobacco manufacturer Pierre Lorillard IV. He built his stable into one of the premier thoroughbred breeding and training operations in the US. The 2000 acre farm, purchased by William Helis in 1943, is operated today as the Helis Stock Farm. The property still includes a number of original Rancocas Farm-era buildings that can be seen from the road, including a training barn with 1,100 windows enclosing a half-mile oblong indoor track. For more information contact Debbie 291-9351.
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