Carriontown: A Village Erased From Memory

Carriontown: A Village Erased From Memory

In the mid-19th century, Montgomery Township contained four distinct villages: Montgomery Square, Montgomeryville, Eureka and Carriontown which had grown up along main roadways and served as hubs for social and commercial activity.

 The smallest of the villages, Carriontown, extended along Bethlehem Pike from the Horsham Township line to Hartman Road. According to James Williams, author of An Erudite Little Township, “Carriontown had a wild and unsavory reputation in its day… it consisted of only a few homes and a tavern known as the ‘Rainbow.’ The {unlicensed} tavern had an infamous reputation, known for the highwaymen who preyed upon travelers who stopped for liquid refreshments. Tradition holds that the name Carriontown was due to a dead animal (perhaps a cow driven down the pike to market) being dumped into the well next to the tavern, poisoning the water.

“Due to its sordid reputation and the declining traffic along the turnpike, Carriontown never did develop beyond a few homes. The tavern probably closed several years before the Civil War.” 

Today, nothing remains of Carriontown, but MTHS member and lifelong township resident, Ruth Snavely (1932 -2009) recreated an inventory of 20 house that stood in and around the Carriontown area well into the 20th century. Here are several of the most notable:

  • Roman House (Horsham Township, former Pfander House) Large stone farm house and large stone barn. Demolished to build the original English Village Shopping Center.
  • Alcott House  Frame house demolished to make way for a Hudson gas station in 1960.  Gas station was demolished in 1996 for proposed MacDonalds.
  • Benjamin Wallace House also on northbound 309 opposite the former 309 Drive-in theater. A frame bungalow, garages, etc. demolished to make way for the Mastroienifurniture store.
  • Toll Gate House located just west of the Rainbow Tavern. There was a shallow well here right along the highway.
  • Morton House – Stone house that sat on the edge of the present Gill Quarry.
  • Kraus Farm – located on southbound Rt. 309 opposite present Public Storage Warehouses.  It contained a two story stone farmhouse and the walls of a stone bank barn that had been destroyed by fire much earlier. Torn down during development of the Welsh Valley Industrial Park.