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Historic houses and walking tours in Pennsylvania

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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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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Pre-Revolutionary War Villas

Woodford Mansion is one of the Schuylkill River Villas that predate the American War of Independence. The story of this historic house is filled with the intrigue of a new nation breaking ties to the monarchy encamped in Philadelphia. Later, the … Continue reading

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Last of the Schuylkill River Villas

Rockland Mansion Fairmount Park Rounded dormers and the widows walk are the first notable features of Rockland Mansion, one of the Schuylkill River Villas in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Well proportioned columns and the half-round porch match the overall symmetry of … Continue reading

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