Overview of the Grundy Foundation

Joseph R. Grundy (1863 – 1961) was a businessman who created wealth in a number of enterprises such as textiles, banking, newspapers, and real estate. He was active in the civic affairs of Bucks County and Pennsylvania, having represented the Commonwealth in the U.S. Senate by appointment in 1929 – 1930, and also played a role in national electoral politics, but his heart always remained true to the Bristol Borough community in which he lived.

Margaret R. Grundy (1866-1952) escorted by
her brother, Joseph R. Grundy (1863-1961)

Upon the Senator’s death in 1961, his Last Will & Testament established The Grundy Foundation to create and oversee the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum and the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library.  Both the Museum and Library were named in honor of his pre-deceased sister, “Meta.” In addition to the operation of the Museum and Library, The Foundation continues to carry out the Senator’s philanthropic tradition of giving back to his community through grant awards to deserving nonprofit organizations.

The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum

The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum opened in 1967 and serves as the only historic house museum in the Borough of Bristol. The Grundy family home—a Queen Anne style late-Victorian era residence—represents the décor and decorum of this important period of American history. The Museum staff offer free guided as well as programs and events.  Visitors to the 1885 house learn about the Grundy family history and have an opportunity to view Grundy family furnishings, household items, clothing, and ephemera, which are all exhibited in this exquisitely restored Victorian mansion.

The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library

The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library opened in 1966 and is located on the banks of the Delaware River in historic Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania.

Open to the public, this full service library serves as a bustling community center offering information to community members and visitors alike with exceptional, personalized service. Its professional and knowledgeable staff make this an ideal place for families, researchers, job seekers, and many others to work, play, visit, and enjoy.

It offers a place for quiet contemplation, group meetings, leisure reading, listening and viewing, and fun, informative programs for all ages. The library provides free access to the internet through desktop computers, Chromebook, and a wireless network, which is available both inside the library and outside on the grounds. Special collections at the library include nonprofit resource center, job and career resources, visitor center, and the Grundy Archive including a wide selection of local history and genealogy materials.