MTHS installs historic marker in front of Knapp House October 10, 2010
Posted on: Aug 4th, 2011 by dlevin
Did you know that the oldest person in the world once lived in Montgomery Township? Or that her family’s longtime home is the only site in the township listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
On October 10, 2010, the Historical Society placed a marker along 202 in front of the house with many community members present, including Knapp descendants, in order to recognize the Knapp family presence in our community from 1835-2002 and to commemorate Florence Knapp who at the time of her death was 114 years old, the oldest person in the world.
Florence was born in the home on Oct. 10, 1873, the ceremony was performed on what would have been her 137th birthday — and lived there for 110 years.Florence was congratulated by President Reagan on her 112th birthday in 1985, and was recognized by what was then called the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living person in the world in late 1987, when the previous oldest living person, Anna Eliza Williams of Wales, Great Britain, passed away on Dec. 27 of that year.Knapp held the record for roughly two weeks, until she passed away of natural causes on Jan. 12, 1988, while living in the Dock Terrace Nursing Home in Towamencin.
The house itself was continuously occupied and operated until the late 1990s, and was acquired by the Historical Society in 2005, which is working to restore the building and turn it into an educational center.