announcing the 13th annual tredyffrin historic house tour on september 23rd!

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Travel back in time … If you love history and architecture, you will not want to miss the much-anticipated 13th Annual Historic House Tour. The beautiful homes and gardens of seven historic homes featured on the 2017 Historic House Tour will be open from 12 Noon – 5 PM on Saturday, September 23 rain or shine.

Truthfully, I make absolutely NO secret of my delight and love of this September event put on by my dear friend Pattye Benson and the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust 

With regard to this tour, and I am a Patron Sponsor. I also photographed the houses on the tour for Pattye for a few years. This tour is quite exclusive, and it is a manageable number of houses and historic structures, so you can indeed see everything!

 Party for Preservation’ Preview Party ~ Sunday, September 17, 2017  6 – 9 PM

13th Annual Historic House Tour ~ Saturday, September 23,  2017 – Noon – 5 PM

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

 

The 2017 house tour features historic homes and gardens in Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. As an added bonus, the Main Line Antiques Showis generously providing two tickets ($30 value) for its show on October 7 and 8, with each historic house tour ticket purchased. The only antiques show on Philadelphia’s Main Line, all proceeds benefit Surrey Services, which helps older adults to live with independence and dignity and to continue as active members of the community.

To celebrate historic preservation, the public is invited to attend Party for Preservation, the 13th Annual Historic House Tour Preview Party on Sunday, September 17, 6 PM – 9 PM  at the historic Duportail House in Chesterbrook.  An evening of fun with live music, food and drinks, join us to celebrate the homeowners and the homes featured on the tour and allow us to thank the generous individual and corporate sponsors who make the annual tour possible. Attendees will get a sneak preview of the beautiful homes featured on the 13th Annual Historic House Tour!

The annual historic house tour would not be possible without the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors.  Click 2017 House Tour Sponsor Packet for information about how you can be a sponsor and receive complimentary tickets to the house tour and the preview party.

This is a magical day always in Chester County and the preview party is a lot of fun!  I hope you join us!

77th annual chester county day takes place saturday, october 7, 2017

It will be  a big year for Chester County Day, the longest running house tour in the United States, now in its 77th year. This year, the tour will honor the 125th anniversary of Chester County Hospital, which was founded in 1892. In recognition of the anniversary, the tour on October 7, 2017  at 10 am-5 pm will feature 12 homes around Marshall Square Park (where Chester County Hospital first stood at the north side of East Marshall Street) and 13 homes in the northwest quadrant of Chester County.

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This year, attendees will be able to tour a total of  25 homes and 4 public structures or sites in West Chester Borough and East Brandywine, Honey Brook, Wallace, East Nantmeal, West Nantmeal, and Warwick townships. House styles from the 18th to the 21st centuries will give tour goers an appreciation of architecture through the centuries. I will admit this is an ambitious house tour every year, so what I do is pick a reasonable amount of homes I wish to visit. It is a fabulous day, but it is a long day, so bring extra water and wear comfortable shoes or even sneakers!

The Day will begin with the pageantry and excitement of a long-standing Chester County Day tradition – a fox hunt. Dr. Addis’ Warwick Village Hounds and the Gable/Swisher Hounds will set off promptly at 9 am from Warwick County Park, 191 County Park Road, Pottstown.

Guests can begin this year’s house tour at 10 am at the location of their choice. A walking tour of the 12 homes around Marshall Square Park will include a VIP house, of which all three floors will be open to VIP ticket holders only. VIP pass holders will be provided a gourmet box lunch by Montesano Bros. Italian Market & Catering and a private tour of this home. (See VIP ticket info below for details.)

You can also start your tour outside the Borough, then Olde Bulltown Village, off Rt. 345 in the northwest quadrant, is a good place to see a brand new home that looks like it has been there for centuries.

Or, you can tour three homes on Warwick Furnace Road, featuring a house that dates back to the 18th century with a 20th century addition that is hard to distinguish from the original structure. Next door is a beautifully renovated, quaint stone cottage. Just down the street is a 1978 home that was lovingly built in traditional colonial style with authentic hardware and design.

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There is a barn converted to a contemporary home, complete with original wooden beams and rafters in East Nantmeal. While in the township, stop by an 18th century farmhouse built in two stages 40 years apart. Then tour a gorgeous estate on Rt. 401 that contains portions of periglacial marshlands supporting flora not typically seen in this area. A West Nantmeal home was expanded while retaining its three-story core, complete with wooden beams and original floors. While there, stop at St. Mark’s Church to view its beautiful stained glass windows and purchase a beverage or a few sweets. In nearby Honey Brook, see a charming home with a log-cabin core featuring a well in the kitchen floor, protected by a Plexiglas cover.

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Your tour still has more to offer if you proceed to Wallace and view a restored farmstead home, complete with pond and ducks. Down the road in East Brandywine, you’ll find several homes, including a solar design Shingle-style cottage that began life as a poorly designed contemporary. In the same township, you’ll tour a magnificent glass, stone, wood and steel house, which is a departure from traditional Chester County architecture. And finally, Upper Uwchlan offers a restored stone and stucco farmhouse that is worth visiting … perhaps this is where you will start your house tour journey

Refreshment stops, where pre-ordered gourmet boxed lunches by Arianna’s Gourmet Café will be available and found at Warwick County Park and Marshall Square Park in West Chester. Wyebrook Farms is offering a pre-ordered, pre-paid $20 per person buffet. If you do not pre-order, make sure you pack a picnic lunch.  You will have to ask the ladies and gents that put this fabulous day together where exactly you may eat your picnic lunches – if they have two parks included in the day, I imagine that is where, but do not know for sure.

With GPS coordinates and a Chester County Day map that you will receive when you purchase your ticket, the beautiful architecture and bucolic roads of Chester County are at your feet.

 

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 am-5 pm Buy tickets off their Eventbrite page!

Where: Northwest Quadrant of Chester County & West Chester Borough

Tickets: On sale from August 15 online; September 5 by mail or at the satellite locations listed on our website.

  • $50 purchased via web, phone or in person
  • $100 VIP Tickets are available at all satellite locations, as well as via web and phone. VIP package includes a VIP Reception and Preview Cocktail party at French Creek Country Club on Sunday, September 24 and a private tour of a special VIP house with a gourmet boxed lunch served by Montesano Bros. Italian Market & Catering, (See ChesterCountyDay.com for details.)

Contact: 610-431-5328

This is an event I believe in supporting.  I am not given free tickets or special compensation for blogging about this event.  I write about it because it’s an absolutely glorious day of touring and I have been attending these tours since I was a child with my parents.

 

shiloh westtown clean up saturday, august 26, 2017 9 am – 1 pm

Above you see a 1930 era photo of another A.M.E. Church of some historical import. Founded in 1807 (have seen 1817 as the founding date too)  in Westtown Township and eventually called Shiloh.  Even earlier than my beloved Ebenezer (1831-1832) on Bacton Hill Road in Frazer East Whiteland.

I received a note within the past couple of weeks about the remains of Shiloh, which according to Bing and Google, look like this:Here is the note:

 

I know, I know, the type is small and screen shot is not cooperating, but the note was from William Todd who is the Parlimentarian of the WCU Student Veteran’s Group .

This is a project I am very excited about.  This is a historic site that has all but disappeared (as opposed to my beloved Ebenezer on Bacton Hill Road in East Whiteland there is no ruin or any evidence of the church left and where it is still believed (have NOT been able to prove otherwise) that the AME Church or perhaps even Mother Bethel AME herself still owns the land and graves at Ebenezer, Shiloh long ago became private property and not church owned.

I had remembered when I wrote about Shiloh last year, the student veterans’ group was going to Westtown Township to plea for Shiloh , I am now assuming they have permission to clean up the grave area right there on Shiloh and Little Shiloh Roads in West Chester in Westtown Township.

So anyway here is what Will has written to me:

Long time no see… I trust all is well with you.
Listen, I would like to invite you to invite you to another AME Church Cemetery site clean-up on Saturday, August 26th from 9:00 AM – approximately 1:00 PM.
Please feel free to call or email me if you would like more details.
Here is the address:
Shiloh & Little Shiloh Rd., West Chester, PA 19382
Thank you for your time and consideration….

 

This is something that would make my friend, the late Al Terrell happy.  And hopefully we can get a fall clean up scheduled for Ebenezer AME after Labor Day.  Al worked on that cemetery until his untimely passing, and we promised our soldier Joshua, we would do our best to stay on top of it.

So if you want to help, and have questions, kindly reach out to Will Todd via the Student Veterans Group at West Chester University.  The details as I have been given them are:

SHILOH cemetery clean-up on Saturday, August 26th from 9:00 AM – approximately 1:00 PM.  Shiloh & Little Shiloh Rd., West Chester, PA 19382

Please if you care about these resting places for USCT and others who belonged to long gone AME churches, please connect with the Student Veterans Group and help. Pay it forward.

I learned about Shiloh for the first time at Westtown Day last year:

For more on the fight to save Shiloh, please read this article from The Unionville Times in 2014:

Solutions sought for black soldiers’ final resting place

Sep 30th, 2014 ·  By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times

Also see Find-A-Grave regarding Shiloh where below is the website’s compiled list of everyone they ever knew was buried at Shiloh in Westtown:
Alender, Johnathan 174596090
b. unknown d. Jul., 1826
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Anderson, George 123604560
b. unknown d. Dec. 30, 1893
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Anderson, John Wesley 134708603
b. unknown d. Aug. 16, 1852
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Bailey, Lillian Elizabeth 128899013
b. Mar. 4, 1909 d. Oct. 20, 1909
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Berry, Julia A. 67782608
b. unknown d. Sep. 4, 1890
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Berry, Ruth Ann 173201065
b. 1840 d. Nov. 10, 1884
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Black, Jane “Aunt Jane” 136862581
b. unknown d. Apr. 7, 1917
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Bolden, William H. 75213523
b. 1854 d. Apr. 4, 1882
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Althea 66436938
b. 1844 d. Sep. 3, 1899
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Elvira E. 144939039
b. Oct. 29, 1909 d. Jan. 13, 1911
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Henry 66436703
b. 1837 d. Feb. 27, 1900
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Infant 136862742
b. Jan. 9, 1913 d. Jan. 9, 1913
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Infant 133325152
b. Aug. 6, 1919 d. Aug. 6, 1919
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Infant 133324939
b. Mar. 4, 1916 d. Mar. 4, 1916
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Infant 144939174
b. Mar. 20, 1917 d. Mar. 21, 1917
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Joseph M. 66437277
b. Jun. 4, 1852 d. May 6, 1924
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Lealia May 145181147
b. unknown d. Jul. 21, 1892
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, No Name Stillborn 133325052
b. May 29, 1918 d. May 29, 1918
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Priscilla Samon 66436720
b. 1841 d. Dec. 10, 1914
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Russell Henry 117619626
b. Feb. 11, 1920 d. Jun. 9, 1923
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Stanley 133324859
b. Feb. 17, 1915 d. Feb. 17, 1915
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Boyce, Viola Bernice 144855806
b. Aug. 4, 1906 d. Mar. 21, 1907
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Brice, Elizabeth 67782546
b. unknown d. Nov. 30, 1886
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Brown, Alice S. Jones 118423319
b. unknown d. Apr. 3, 1913
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Brown, Emanuel 118424295
b. Mar. 10, 1853 d. Sep. 27, 1917
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Brown, George B. 118424561
b. unknown d. May 30, 1879
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Brown, Rev John 118425876
b. unknown d. Mar. 2, 1877
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Brown, Lizzie May 118429043
b. unknown d. Feb. 3, 1888
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Brown, Rebecca 118433152
b. unknown d. Apr. 11, 1856
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Bye, Pvt Alfred 66348865
b. 1841 d. Jan. 23, 1911
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Bye, Anna Elizabeth 133104337
b. 1849 d. Mar. 31, 1909
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Bye, Ellen Louisa 66171454
b. 1829 d. Dec. 18, 1881
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Bye, Margaretta Johnson 118476802
b. Feb. 9, 1846 d. Feb. 13, 1925
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Bye, Pvt Richard 66171197
b. 1828 d. Jul. 20, 1899
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Caldwell, Eliza 66170357
b. unknown d. Sep. 13, 1900
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Caldwell, Rachel A. Boyce 144939620
b. 1858 d. Jul. 24, 1920
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Caldwell, Pvt Robert 66170238
b. 1839 d. Jun. 10, 1888
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Chance, Baby Boy 144853730
b. Feb. 6, 1923 d. Feb. 16, 1923
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Cooper, Elizabeth A. Jones 123603771
b. unknown d. Jul. 24, 1880
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Cooper, Pvt John H. 66349517
b. unknown d. May 2, 1900
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Cork, Ann Cuff 66172194
b. 1797 d. Feb. 3, 1884
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Cork, Empson W. 66171998
b. 1801 d. Apr. 9, 1869
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Crosby, Thomas 128898770
b. Jan. 23, 1908 d. Jan. 28, 1908
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Cuff, Elizabeth 66172450
b. unknown d. 1840
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Cuff, Esther 174596617
b. unknown d. Nov., 1829
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Curry, Sarah Ann 148022580
b. unknown d. Feb. 7, 1853
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Davis, Pvt Eli 66171811
b. unknown d. Jun. 23, 1893
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Davis, Mary E. Smith 124384338
b. Aug. 20, 1846 d. Dec. 31, 1917
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Derry, William S. 141657982
b. Oct. 19, 1852 d. Feb. 18, 1853
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Dill, Adam 146807635
b. unknown d. Dec. 10, 1908
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Dill, Ellen 148008052
b. unknown d. Feb. 13, 1893
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Dunlap, Henry 174595563
b. unknown d. unknown
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Durnall, Ella 67495012
b. 1858 d. Aug. 21, 1893
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Faucett, John 67784967
b. 1800 d. Oct. 17, 1884
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Fisher, Emma 136863083
b. Jul. 5, 1915 d. Jul. 6, 1915
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Garnet, Warren 146805733
b. Mar. 7, 1905 d. Jul. 23, 1907
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Grant, Abraham 174596420
b. unknown d. Jan., 1829
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Grant, Child of Abraham 174596465
b. unknown d. Mar., 1829
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Green, Daniel C. 66349577
b. 1843 d. Dec. 8, 1917
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Hardcastle, Hilda 144938882
b. Jul. 1, 1919 d. Jul. 2, 1919
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Hardy, John C. 124138124
b. Jan. 10, 1849 d. Jul. 18, 1852
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Hathowday, Child of James 174596107
b. unknown d. Jul., 1826
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Hazard, Solomon 66172466
b. unknown d. 1859
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Henry, Hasadiah Martin 66172350
b. 1775 d. 1852
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Henry, Louisa 118419211
b. unknown d. Jun. 16, 1879
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Henry, Pvt Thomas 66172736
b. unknown d. Nov. 20, 1895
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Henry, Deacon William 66171945
b. unknown d. Mar. 16, 1854
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Hill, Wife of Israel 174596163
b. unknown d. Aug., 1826
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Hilson, Frances S. 144939318
b. Feb. 12, 1898 d. Oct. 24, 1923
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Hilton, Stillborn 128899185
b. Feb. 28, 1919 d. Feb. 28, 1919
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Hudson, John 136863737
b. unknown d. Nov. 8, 1906
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Irons, Annie M. 123085789
b. unknown d. Apr. 16, 1892
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Irons, Mildred 144938948
b. Apr. 20, 1923 d. Apr. 23, 1923
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Johnson, John Worth 144939357
b. 1883 d. Apr. 28, 1907
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Johnson, Lillian 144939114
b. unknown d. Jan. 19, 1911
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Johnson, Margaret A. 145116537
b. Sep. 11, 1867 d. Dec. 29, 1911
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Johnson, Samuel 66348017
b. 1833 d. Mar. 15, 1907
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Johnson, Sara E. Watkins 144939689
b. Mar. 23, 1844 d. Feb. 16, 1917
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Johnston, David E. 124138224
b. Jan. 29, 1849 d. Dec. 21, 1853
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Jones, Lydia 124036991
b. unknown d. Jan. 13, 1887
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Jones, PVT Nathan C. 173209114
b. unknown d. Aug. 4, 1888
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Jones, William 124037532
b. unknown d. Aug. 15, 1878
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Laws, Ann Elizabeth 155967941
b. Jan. 3, 1851 d. Jul. 9, 1852
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Laws, Deacon John 67052405
b. unknown d. May 5, 1902
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Laws, Margaret 67052511
b. unknown d. Apr. 8, 1902
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Laws, William 155968011
b. Jan. 4, 1851 d. Sep. 12, 1852
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lewis, Joseph 124043931
b. unknown d. Nov. 23, 1884
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Martin, Jacob 124138555
b. unknown d. Jun. 2, 1815
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Martin, Sarah 136478559
b. unknown d. unknown
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Mason, Frances Ann 128899246
b. Jun. 30, 1845 d. Jan. 24, 1906
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maston, Rachel A. Mauldin 128898889
b. Sep. 29, 1844 d. Dec. 21, 1923
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maulden, Rebecca 136774006
b. 1828 d. Mar. 18, 1921
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
McDola, William 136864277
b. unknown d. Jul. 4, 1919
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
McGaw, Franklin 122987735
b. Jul. 6, 1915 d. Mar. 29, 1923
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
McGaw, Lillian May 122987802
b. unknown d. May 23, 1905
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
McGaw, Maggie Bailey 145257514
b. Apr. 3, 1876 d. May 25, 1919
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Miller, Rev Jeremiah 141657503
b. 1767 d. unknown
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Powell, Wife of Mingo 174596541
b. unknown d. Jul., 1829
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Presbury, Wilma 133326848
b. May 16, 1928 d. Oct. 27, 1928
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Raymond, Sarah Rebecca 123333210
b. unknown d. Jan. 10, 1894
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Ricks, Robert H. 122995032
b. May 23, 1910 d. 1910
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Roberts, Pvt Ephraim John 66172319
b. unknown d. Apr. 27, 1890
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Robinson, John 81786634
b. unknown d. unknown
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Servant Girl, Unknown 174595930
b. unknown d. May, 1825
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Sewell, Clara May 136862393
b. Nov. 29, 1906 d. Sep. 19, 1907
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Smith, Ann Grubb 81786932
b. 1791 d. Mar. 1, 1884
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Smith, Charles B. 81786734
b. 1805 d. Dec. 3, 1877
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Smith, Dianna 66172407
b. unknown d. 1848
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Spangler, Earl Willard 144939809
b. Oct. 17, 1914 d. Oct. 17, 1914
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Stewart, Elizabeth Virginia 145436453
b. Nov. 1, 1915 d. Nov. 10, 1915
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Vanleer, Elizabeth 145257587
b. unknown d. Dec. 24, 1912
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Warn, Elizabeth 66172437
b. unknown d. 1816
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Watson, John Wesley 128898820
b. unknown d. Dec. 20, 1908
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
West, Elizabeth 66172395
b. unknown d. 1819
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
West, Mary J. 66172419
b. unknown d. 1860
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Wheatley, Pvt Charles 66349655
b. unknown d. unknown
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Williams, Anna B. 66172254
b. unknown d. unknown
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Williams, Pvt Joseph L. 66169441
b. unknown d. Feb. 17, 1889
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Williams, Rebecca 66172294
b. unknown d. unknown
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Winters, Amelia E. 66349300
b. 1871 d. Apr. 22, 1889
Winters, Pvt Isaac J. 66348465
b. May 25, 1828 d. Apr. 7, 1911
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Winters, Margaret Jackson 66349156
b. 1794 d. Sep. 27, 1890
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Winters, Margaret P. 144230850
b. unknown d. Feb. 12, 1897
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Young, Mary Ann 66172487
b. 1830 d. 1850
Shiloh African Methodist …
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA

remains of the day

Every now and again in the midst of all the development and stores and businesses and office parks we see a glimpse of what made Chester County well…Chester County.

Your lovely organic and other produce is not grown on the roof of your local Wegmans or Whole Foods, people.

Chester County's agricultural heritage disappears more each day along with the farmland and open space. Chester County is also disappearing under the ugliness of pipelines, not just overdevelopment.

Thanks for stopping by.

“the cut”

As I said in 2013 when I first wrote about Duffy’s Cut,  given the clouds of mystery and intrigue still surrounding Duffy’s Cut, I think the foggy afternoon  I photographed the historical marker was perfect.  You can never truly move forward into the future if you can’t honor the past, or that is just my opinion as a mere mortal and female.

I have written before about Duffy’s Cut and thanks to my friend Dr. Bill Watson at Immaculata, I have been blessed to have been to see  Duffy’s Cut twice.  And no, you can’t just go, you need permission. There is private property of homeowners and AMTRAK involved, and those who show callous disregard for either put the project at risk.  So please, don’t just go exploring.  Dr. Watson and his brother Rev. Watson and their team have worked so hard.

My last Duffy’s Cut adventure was about a year ago.  I was invited to accompany them on a brief dig last summer. I was with the Duffy’s Cut team and teachers attending the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  Duffy’s Cut Teachers Institute. Everyone was so warm and welcoming to a non-educator. It was an experience I will never, ever forget.

Earlier this year, a new film on Duffy’s Cut was released.  “The Cut”  by Irish American Films. I was originally supposed to attend the premiere of the documentary film at Immaculata, and this was yet another thing my blasted knee at the time did not allow me to do.

But I bought the DVD and it has sat on my desk, haunting me until today.  Amazing.  It is amazing. So very good and true.

In the very beginning of the film they discuss the “Irish Need Not Apply” of it all. I have personal family memories attached to that.  When I was little my maternal grandfather (whom I called Poppy) would tell me stories of how the Irish were persecuted at different times in this country (John Francis Xavier Gallen was Irish and born in the late 19th century) . When he was a little boy, my great grandmother Rebecca Nesbitt Gallen was in service and was the summer housekeeper to the Cassatt Family in Haverford. If I recall correctly, he lost a lot of family during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of the early 20th century, but I digress. Poppy would tell me of anti-Irish sentiment and tales of “Irish need not apply”.

I remember feeling wide eyed and incredulous as a child hearing that.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child”

~1 Corinthians 13:11 

Yes, it was kind of like that.  Because today I heard that phrase again, in The Cut, as an adult.  And I recall the wonderful (and recent) series by Sam Katz, “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” (which you can watch in it’s entirety online at 6ABC).    Sam Katz also discussed the plight of the Irish immigrant in his series.

Today as I watched this brilliant documentary that is so honest and true, I was struck by it all again.  I was also struck by the parallels  into the world today in which we live. Power, political power, the almost obfuscation  of the law, prejudice, religious persecution.  Here we are, residents of a country where out very forefathers fought and bled and died for our rights, our inalienable rights, and look how we treat one and other? And even in 1832, when the Revolutionary War wouldn’t have been as distant a memory, let alone the War of 1812, right?

This area in 1832 was farming and countryside and rather rural.  These Irish rail workers were discriminated  against, abused, persecuted, and ultimately murdered. And one who was complicit? A fellow Irishman named Philip Duffy.  He was by most accounts a bully who exploited these men and women who had traveled thousands of miles to a different country in the hopes of a better life.  Of course by the very nature of how Duffy treated these workers, he was was also a big coward, wasn’t he? The Philip Duffys of this world persist throughout history, don’t they?

This documentary also delves into the politics and political climate of the time, which seemed somewhat chaotic.  I have to ask have we evolved enough from then? It seems like history is so often doomed to repeat itself unless we take the steps to be part of the change, right?

I am the child of immigrants, including Irish.  I am not related to any of these workers (at least that I know of), but this inconvenient history of Duffy’s Cut hits me at the core of my being every time I read about it.  These dead men could have been my ancestors, or yours, or anyone’s. These men and women mattered. All Americans are the descendants of immigrants. It is how the U.S.A. was founded, remember?

I was struck by an interview of Walt Hunter, Duffy’s Cut Board Member, supporter and long time KYW TV 3 reporter in Philadelphia.  He spoke about having a certain feeling when onsite at Duffy’s Cut.  I totally get it, I have felt it twice.  It’s a feeling, a knowing, an awareness that great evil happened there.

You can buy a copy of “The Cut” through Irish American Films.  I strongly recommend it.

Also Dr. Bill Watson and his brother , Rev. Frank Watson can always use our continued support of this magnificent and historically important archaeological project.  Donate to The Duffy’s Cut Project.   You can donate via the Duffy’s Cut website, just look for the little round button partway down the front page of the website with the PayPal icon. Or click here to see the Duffy’s Cut Donation Page. You can also donate via Square and checks are graciously accepted.

Donations can be made directly to Duffy’s Cut Project by check or money order and mailed to:
Duffy’s Cut Project
C/O William Watson
21 Faculty Center
Immaculata, PA 19345-0667

 

This history of Duffy’s Cut is so important.  Yes it is ugly and brutal and raw.  It is a true tale of the horrific things human beings do to one and other.  But this was so awful that I totally understand why people literally tried to make this whole part of American history, local Chester County history, disappear. To the descendants of anyone involved, I am truly sorry.  It doesn’t matter that it was 1832, it’s so ugly.  But the dead will not rest until the workers are all discovered and honored.  And that will be a good thing.

Please support Duffy’s Cut.

Recent Duffy’s Cut in the media articles include:

 Promising discovery in 1830s deaths of Irish rail workers on the Main Line
Updated: JULY 13, 2017 — 3:45 PM EDT by Genevieve Glatsky, STAFF WRITER (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Daily Local: Duffy’s Cut: Search continues for 19th-century railroad workers’ graves in Malvern

By Bill Rettew, brettew@dailylocal.com
POSTED: 06/10/17, 5:30 AM EDT

CBS3 KYW: Brothers Work To Recover The Rest Of Duffy’s Cut Remains

Delco (Daily) Times Local filmmakers create Irish-American programs to celebrate culture

By Peg DeGrassa, POSTED: 03/06/17, 9:16 PM EST

playing tourist in chester county: rambling around marshallton

Every once in a while you need a staycation day. Today was mine. My friend Chris and I went to Marshallton today.  We played tourist in our home county. We rambled in Chester County.

Everyone knows I have not been very mobile since my knee injury at the end of February/ first couple days of March and subsequent surgery in May.  (Yes, it took that long.  I couldn’t walk, and I certainly couldn’t drive and U.S. healthcare has a long and winding and irritating process if you do not practice Emergency Room medicine, as in push to the head of the line and bypass everything by going straight to the E.R.) So now, as I go through the process if physical therapy, I am thrilled to get out again.

My friend picked me up and we went to The Four Dogs Tavern.  I had forgotten how amazing the food is and how wonderful the ambiance, and the terrific and friendly staff. We had the beet salad, which was amazing, and split the mushroom and goat cheese flatbread.

Then we did the senior stroll of the village of Marshallton – I am moving like a snail still.  But oh, to take in the beauty of this village!  This is so what Chester County is about.

My late father loved Marshallton and in particular, the Marshallton Inn.  When some of my girlfriends and I were in our twenties we loved the then Oyster Bar and way back in the dark ages of the late 1980s some were dating guys who competed in the Marshallton Triathlon (and wow what a party afterwards!)

So flash forward to me as a quasi grown-up (some days are better than others!) and today.  Marshallton is more beautiful than ever and the gardens are marvelous!  Ran into another friend and met a nice man named Ernie and his wife.  Ernie was restoring an antique buggy on his front porch.

Ernie encouraged us to go back further down the lane by his home to see the Bradford Friends Meeting, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  I am so glad he did!  I had never seen it in person before.

Marshallton is just the village to remind you what Chester County is about.  Marshallton is an unincorporated village in Chester County and a Federal Historic District. The Marshallton Historic District has 65 contributing structures and 3 contributing sites. Marshallton is like a living history site, living proof that historic districts and preservation can work. 

Marshallton lies within West Bradford Township.  In recent years it has faced encroachment of development from the surrounding area.

We did not wander up Strasburg Road to see where Marshallton Walk is, for example. Stargazers Village that thing that was  contentious enough, that it  doesn’t appear to be more than “coming soon” I guess? (Stargazers shows up on this “Envision” website.)

And then there was Embreeville, which started out life as the  Chester County Almshouse in 1798. It is also where Indian Hannah is purportedly buried.

Embreeville has had no news since February 2017 when West Bradford saidZoning Hearing #395 for Embreeville Redevelopment, LP scheduled for February 1, 2017 has been continued to a date uncertain.   There was no hearing on February 1st.  Any resumption of the hearing will be after public notice and will be posted on this website.”  (Embreeville has been so crazy it has it’s own page on West Bradford’s website.)

Now the Marshallton Conservation Trust which was created in 2009 exists to help preserve the village and surrounding rural area:

“Motivated by the desire to see the Marshallton area return to a safe, walkable community and its rich history preserved, several residents formed this 501c3 non –profit in 2009. Marshallton Conservation Trust is committed to preserving the historic integrity and the quality of life in this very special area for future generations….The Marshallton Conservation Trust (MCT) promotes the preservation and improvement of the Marshallton community through initiatives focused on maintaining and improving its livability along with its distinctive character.”

Marshallton Conservation Trust also sponsors many events.  As a matter of fact the 44th Marshallton Triathlon is October 1st. 

But back to the history.  Reference a website called Living Places:

The Marshallton Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Portions of the content on this web page were adapted from a copy of the original nomination document. [1] Adaptation copyright © 2008, The Gombach Group.

…The Marshallton Historic District is located along the Strasburg Road in central Chester County. It assumed its present configuration between the 1760s-1880s, with scattered infill and rebuilding occurring into the 1920s. Of the 71 principal buildings in the Marshallton Historic District, 67 contribute to its historical and architectural significance. The 4 non-contributing buildings include three from the 1930s-40s (a dwelling, store, and apartment building) and a c.1965 brick dwelling. Of similar size and scale to the district’s contributing buildings (by which they are far outnumbered), these non-contributing buildings do not detract from Marshallton’s overall architectural unity.

Marshallton lies only four miles west of the county seat of West Chester; its surroundings are still rural. Leaving West Chester by the Strasburg Road, one passes sprawling farms, open fields, and pasture land. There is a small group of historic buildings near the nationally registered Cope’s Bridge on the East Branch Brandywine River, and then more open country….

The Marshallton Historic District is primarily significant for its association with Strasburg Road, established in the late 18th century as a thoroughfare between Philadelphia and Strasburg in Lancaster County. Throughout 200 years of its history, Marshallton’s focus has been on Strasburg Road, and both literally and figuratively its growth has paralleled the road’s. With its integrity of setting and well preserved collection of buildings representing a variety of historic uses, Marshallton today conveys a clear, sense of the past — when the Strasburg Road was a primary transportation route and, capitalizing on its location, the village functioned as a rural service center for both travelers and nearby farmers.

Marshallton can trace its origins to the 1760s when a few houses, a Quaker Meeting, an inn, and a blacksmith shop were loosely grouped near the intersection of the roads to Strasburg and Downingtown. At that time the Strasburg Road was actually a fragmented series of local roads leading west.

 

More on Marshallton:

Unionville Times Living History: A tale of two names, Marshallton and the Marshalton Inn Aug 10th, 2012 

 

Marshallton Conservation Trust: The Village of Marshallton, West Bradford, Chester County PA

 

Marshallton History Off of West Bradford Website

 

National Register of Historic Places Marshallton

I had one of the best afternoons I had in a while.  Good company, a nice lunch, and photographing one of Chester County’s most beloved gems.

Go to Marshallton.

Soak it in, have a meal at Four Dogs, support the village’s ongoing preservation efforts and events.

Walk down the street like we did and wonder about all of the people who walked it before us. Be in the moment of some amazing history and just a lovely and charming spot.

It’s what Chester County is all about.