The Magic of Rose Valley


There is something magical about Rose Valley. Over the decades, generations of families living in this beloved community of interwoven neighborhoods know each other, care about one another and work together to keep the magic of Rose Valley alive.


A HOME FOR THE MAGIC

Thunderbird Lodge, formerly an 18th-Century barn, was turned into studios and a handsome home by distinguished architect Will Price for world-renowned illustrator Alice Barber Stephens and her husband, Charles. The Rose Valley Centennial Foundation (RVCF) was gifted the building and is now its landlord responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, restoration, preservation, and security.

As the principal tenant, The Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society now has a home!

The new Rose Valley Museum will house much more than a collection of important Arts and Crafts artifacts. It will be alive and buzzing with dynamic programs. A vibrant cultural center will explain why we have wooded walking trails that cross private property, faces carved into a bridge, and architecture that is studied worldwide. And, why we put on a variety show where half the residents pay a few dollars to watch the other half intentionally make fools of themselves. Every person that visits will feel the magic.

“THUNDERBIRD LODGE IS ONE OF TEN MOST IMPORTANT HOUSES IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY US.”

George E. Thomas, PhD
Author, Historian, Co-director Critical Conservation, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Harvard University


PROTECTING THE MAGIC

We finally have a place to tell the story of the magic of Rose Valley. It is a place where the Arts and Craft culture can be preserved and where people can come see, feel and learn how this brief moment in history – a little more than a hundred years – has survived and evolved to make this community different, special and magical. As we move into the next 100 years, the challenge we face is to protect and preserve the magic for a new generation who will also embrace and engage this responsibility.

THE MAGIC OF COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

The Campaign for The Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge – a collaborative effort by the Boards of the Rose Valley Historical Museum & Society and The Centennial Foundation to raise $1 million over the next three to five years to fund the urgent renovation and restoration of Thunderbird Lodge. We want to transform this moribund old building into a vibrant gathering center for young people, art lovers and folks who are seeking education.

The building is structurally sound, however, the $1,000,000 we raise will be used to make critical and immediate improvements:

  • Renovations to the building and grounds
  • Install a parking lot
  • Create an ADA-compliant bathroom & entrance
  • Establish innovative educational programs
  • Establish a maintenance fund
  • Provide seed money for basic operations

We need your help. Join us. One Community.

Rose Valley is a special place – rich in history, beauty and community. Please join us as we come together to make The Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge a reality. If you agree that our past is significant and worth preserving, please making consider a gift to the campaign.

LEARN MORE • GET INVOLVED • MAKE A CAMPAIGN GIFT

Or, click here to download our pledge form and make a pledge!

Contact any of the Campaign Committee members listed or email info@rosevalley100.org • 610-565-7941


The Rose Valley Museum and The Rose Valley Centennial Foundation are both 501(c)3 organizations.
Thunderbird Lodge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and incorporated
in the Rose Valley Historical District that was placed on the National Register in 2010.