Preservation of the Phillips’ Mill

The preservation of old buildings helps us hold on to
a piece of our history—and our cultural identity.

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Phillips’ Mill dates back to 1756. Originally a grist mill, it was operated by the Phillips family for many generations to serve the needs of local farmers.


The Phillips’ Mill Preservation Fund would not exist without Kathy Fernberger. As president of Phillips’ Mill Community Association in 2009, Kathy led the team of Mary K. Darrah, Bruce Long, and Gale Sparrow in creating a fund to ensure that our historic 18th-century mill would continue to be well-maintained. Kathy and her husband Ted are an integral part of the Phillips’ Mill community. They have generously shared their support and leadership in many ways over many years.

Your support of the Preservation Fund helps ensure the care of Phillips’ Mill, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is the birthplace of the renowned Pennsylvania Impressionists and continues today as a vibrant center for art and photography exhibits, theatrical performances, and community outreach.

Your contributions to the Preservation Fund also honor Kathy and Ted Fernberger. Their community spirit and leadership inspire us to sustain this important legacy.


The Phillips’ Mill Preservation and Endowment Fund

The Phillips’ Mill Preservation and Endowment Fund was created in 2009 to provide a reliable source of income to preserve and improve the Mill, as well as to help support the organization’s mission of promoting the fine and performing arts in Bucks County, Pa.

The Phillips’ Mill Community Association launched the fund with $25,000: an initial $15,000, raised at a progressive dinner fundraising event, and an additional $10,000 from its general funds.

Since that time, the Phillips’ Mill Community Association has hosted at least one fundraising event a year (except during the COVID years), including many lively galas. These wonderful events make it possible for PMCA not only to maintain and improve the Mill structure, but also to bring its community together to celebrate the arts and build lifelong friendships.

How to Support Phillips’ Mill

We gratefully accept and appreciate donations to preserve the Phillips’ Mill. No donation is too small. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Please consider supporting the Phillips’ Mill Preservation and Endowment Fund.

If you prefer to mail your donation, please download and complete this form, and mail it along with a check to:

Preservation Fund
Phillips’ Mill Community Association
P.O. Box 1
New Hope, PA 18938

If you would like to discuss including Phillips’ Mill in your estate planning, please contact
Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Mill Preservation

History of Phillips Mill Building

When we invest time and energy into preserving an antique building, we feel a sense of pride and a stronger connection to our past. And when the building is historic, as is the Phillips’ Mill, we feel a sense of responsibility. The Phillips’ Mill structure itself is unique and charming, and tells the story of the Early Industrial Revolution.

Buildings such as the Phillips’ Mill remind us of where we came from. They can even boost tourism in our communities. They can be both sturdy and fragile at the same time, requiring meticulous attention to detail to preserve. We are blessed to own this treasure and committed to providing the loving care it requires year-round.

Mill History
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The Phillips' Mill Community Association supports programming in the visual and performing arts, and hosts social and educational events. It is the broadest-ranging venue for artistic expression in Bucks County.

Sherri Andrews “Paths of Life”
Barry Good "Thoughts of Those Passed"

Youth Programs

Amanda Penecale “Cliffs in Autumn- Ottsville Pa”

Art Talk

Joe Gyurcsak “Opening Night”



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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus