Category Archives: Location

Oppulent Square Dancing in Palm Beach FL

Mar-a-Lago, first opened in 1927, is the most magnificent mansion on Florida’s east coast built before the Great Depression. Planned by architect Marion Wyeth and interior designer Joseph Urban, with sculpture by Franz Barwig of Vienna, Mar~a~Lago is an adaptation … Continue reading

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Lower States on the Delaware River

The George Read House is called Stonum, a historic residence not far from the banks of the Delaware river in New Castle DE, in what was originally called the “Lower States on the Delaware River”. Read signed both the Declaration of Independence and … Continue reading

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Seven MPH on the Chamounix Speedway

The world moved much slower before the automobile. So for thrills, Philadelphia “drivers” would saddle up and race down Chamounix Speedway, named for Chamounix Mansion in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Soon after the horse speedway opened, the Quaker City Motor Club modified the horse … Continue reading

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Memories of Memorial Hall 1876

Driving the serpentine roads to see the Fairmount Park Houses on the west of the Schuylkill River leads to one of the first Beaux-Arts buildings in the United States. Memorial Hall was completed in 1876 as a permanent structure for the International … Continue reading

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Dogwoods blooming in Fairmount Park

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The last weekend in April is the perfect time to visit the Fairmount Park Houses in Philadelphia. Flowers and trees are blooming, everyone is getting over cabin fever from the winter months – and today Otto got a new bicycle. … Continue reading

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Courthouse turned Capital of United States

Not to be confused with the Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey (one of the oldest beach resort communities in the country), this Congress Hall in Center City Philadelphia is part of Independence National Historical Park. The building started as a County … Continue reading

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Rum-fueled Revolution

While the (original) tea party was brewing, another beverage was fueling the American Revolution in 1775. XXXX Old Medford Rum was distilled in the shipbuilding city of the same name on the Mystic River, a few miles north of Boston Massachusetts. … Continue reading

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High-tech Quaker farmhouse

Using a giant cauldron for boiling water in an oversized hearth was old-school equipment. Early-adopters in the 18th century worked on kitchen technology at Cedar Grove in Fairmount Park, Pennsylvania. Cedar Grove farmhouse In this historic house, the owners experimented with prototypes of … Continue reading

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