April 26, 2015 |
Population: 8,516 (2010) Median household income: $86,092 (2012) Area: 8.9 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 20 Homes for sale: 68 Average days on market: 86 Median sales price: $325,000 Housing stock: 2,652 units, dating from the 18th century to the present School district: Phoenixville Area SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; City-Data.com; Joseph Scott McArdle, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox &...
August 4, 2014 |
In the winter of 1777-78, Gen. George Washington marched his tired, beaten, hungry, and sick army to Valley Forge, where he could keep an eye on British Gen. William Howe's troops ensconced in Philadelphia. The Continental Army desperately needed to determine the enemy's plans. The Americans needed . . . a spy. "You, what's your spy name?" asked Washington - also known as reenactor David Scott Taylor - as he plucked a likely volunteer from the crowd during Valley Forge National Historical Park's Secrets and Spies tour Saturday.
April 19, 2014 |
John Bartram was known for the wooden boxes he filled with botanical goodies from the New World and shipped off to wealthy customers in England and beyond. Though long gone from marketplace and memory, those utilitarian boxes and their quirky contents - plants, seeds, and "curiosities" such as birds' nests and live turtles - supported the 18th-century botanist's influential research and plant nursery. Now, they serve as artistic inspiration for an unusual exhibition called Bartram's Boxes Remix , a collaboration between Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia and the Center for Art in Wood in Old City.
October 26, 2013 |
As the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, Bartram's Garden has seen more change than most. With more to come. As part of a three-year plan designed to reinvigorate its historic mission, bring back Bartram-era plants, and attract a wider audience, the 285-year-old garden on the Schuylkill in Southwest Philadelphia has embarked on the restoration of the Carr Garden, a small piece of the larger garden that, over time, devolved from...
January 27, 2013
Given last week's historic pop-political culture moment - the first "American Idol" winner to sing at a presidential inauguration - this seems a good time to look at other inaugural firsts. 1. The first president to take the oath from the chief justice of the United States. a. George Washington. b. John Adams. c. Thomas Jefferson. d. James Monroe. 2. He was the first to walk to and from his swearing-in ceremony. a. Thomas Jefferson. b. Andrew Jackson. c. Theodore Roosevelt.
October 7, 2012 |
Tucked into a corner of the wall above a stairway leading to the third floor of the Corbit-Sharp House in Odessa, Del., is a tiny doorway. In 1845, the cubbyhole behind this door sheltered a runaway slave named Sam. When the local sheriff came looking for the runaway, the lady of the house, Mary Corbit, led him right up to the stairway. As she had hoped, the sheriff couldn't imagine that the space behind the door was large enough to shelter a human being, so he turned away to continue his search throughout the rest of the house.
September 22, 2012 |
larissa Dillon used to mortify her teenage son by wearing her work clothes - a colonial-style getup - while driving him somewhere. "He'd say, 'Oh for God's sake, Mom, you look like a baby in that bonnet!' " she recalls. But Dillon was - and, at 79, remains - unmoved. That's because for this ardent devotee of 18th-century "domestic arts" in Southeastern Pennsylvania, everything about ordinary life at that time, in this place, is worth exploring. If that means "wearing funny clothes" and sporting what looks remarkably like a baby bonnet at the wheel of her car, too bad. And by the way, it's not a bonnet.
August 3, 2012 |
When Gruff Rhys, the leader of the psychedelic-pop group Super Furry Animals, plays a solo show at PhilaMOCA on Sunday, it will be a key stop on the Welsh songwriter's second "investigative" tour of the Americas. Rhys' first such trek took him to Patagonia, where he looked into the roots of Rene Griffiths, an Argentine cowboy singer who is descended from Dafydd Jones, a distant relative of Rhys' who attempted to found a utopian Welsh-speaking community in South America in the late 19th century.
October 1, 2011 |
With all the development that has occurred in Philadelphia, archaeologists thought it unlikely they would ever find significant remnants of early Native American cultures. Those artifacts would have been deeply buried, carted away, or crushed. But not long ago, along I-95 in North Philadelphia, they uncovered tobacco pipes, arrowheads, pottery, and other Native American artifacts dating back 3,000 years. Near Mount Holly, they have begun to unearth portions of the African American community of Timbuctoo, founded in the 1820s and a station on the Underground Railroad.
April 19, 2011
Juan Pedro Domecq Solis, 69, who helped define the evolution of the bullfight in the late 20th century, died Monday in a head-on crash with a truck in Higuera de la Sierra, near his Lo Alvaro estate in southwest Spain. As one of Spain's foremost breeders, he first developed what became known as the "artist bull," bred to enhance sleek yet muscular lines, and later the "athlete bull," aimed at giving a more thrilling performance while facing matadors in the bullring. Known within bullfighting circles simply as Juan Pedro, Domecq had inherited Spain's oldest breeding estate - Veragua, founded in the 18th century - which his grandfather Juan Pedro Domecq y Nunez de Villavicencio had bought in 1939.