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March 21, 1990 | By Gabriel Escobar, Daily News Staff Writer
When the Revolutionary War hero didn't get paid for his efforts, he moved into a boarding house on Pine Street and tried to get the federal government to loosen its purse strings. That boarding house - now the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial at 3rd and Pine streets - has been closed since Jan. 1. You guessed it. More than 200 years later, again there were no federal funds for Kosciuszko. The boarding house was one of seven historic buildings that were closed to more than 49,800 tourists who have visited Independence National Historical Park since January.
NEWS
August 19, 1990 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, Special to The Inquirer
Sharon Hill's centennial celebration is coming to a close, but borough officials will carry on one important activity with history in mind: the establishment of historic districts. Last month, the Borough Council passed an ordinance to form a five-member historical commission that will investigate and identify properties that might be considered historic. The commission also will coordinate applications for state and federal funding for the properties. Borough secretary Mildred Enderle said the commission would be made up of one council member, a real estate agent, a borough Planning Commission member, an architect and a resident.
NEWS
November 28, 2006 | By Benjamin Y. Lowe INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chester County has two of the state's most endangered properties, a nonprofit Harrisburg historic preservation advocacy group said yesterday. Preservation Pennsylvania raised concerns about the future of the Guthrieville General Store in East Brandywine Township and the Historic Yellow Springs/Chester Springs Historic District, in East Pikeland Township as sprawl radiates north and west in one of the state's fastest growing counties. "This is not all doom and gloom," Mindy Higgins, executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, said yesterday.
NEWS
January 1, 1989 | By Cheryl Baisden, Special to The Inquirer
At the age of 4, Marty Wilson 3d is already a military veteran, having served in five encampments in his short but distinguished life. Commissioned as a colonel, the Blackwood youth recently spent two days giving orders to the troops at a Civil War re-enactment at the Old Stone House Village in Washington Township. Sporting an authentically designed uniform that was specially made for him, Wilson portrayed Abraham Lincoln's son Tad, who was given an honorary title of colonel by his father during the Civil War, said Marty Wilson 2d, Marty's father.
NEWS
October 9, 1991 | By Marego Athans, Special to The Inquirer
This fall, no schoolchildren stare wide-eyed at the quill pen in the blue- toned Rocky Hill study where George Washington wrote the farewell to his troops. Visitors from faraway lands still trickle into gritty Camden, to the house where Walt Whitman lived and died and composed the final revisions of Leaves of Grass. Their knocks go unanswered. And the bright Haddonfield ballroom where a young Dolley Madison once frolicked and where the colonial assembly declared New Jersey a state now echoes hollow.
NEWS
July 5, 1990 | By Matthew Hilk, Special to The Inquirer
In this region so vivid with reminders of the American Revolution, it is easy to find historically significant places. But the hard part is proving they are historically significant places. The East Whiteland Township Historical Commission is seeking county certification on 133 sites believed to be of historical importance. The research project is one of the first steps in the long and arduous process of placing sites on the National Register of Historic Sites. The landmarks that receive county certification must receive approval from the state Bureau of Historic Preservation before they can even become eligible to apply to the National Register.
NEWS
November 30, 1989 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
When Montgomery Township Historical Society members take to the streets next month to survey the township's 81 historical buildings, they'll also be taking special note of trees. Society member Susan Gordon said 100-year-old trees are just as important as 100-year-old buildings. Gordon pushed to inventory the township's old trees after she saw several large oaks removed along Route 309 in front of Montgomery Baptist Church. Although it is unusual to include vegetation in a historic survey, Gordon said too many trees in Montgomery Township have fallen in the path of development.
NEWS
June 25, 1988 | By Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Chester County, developers claim 84 acres of open space a day. In Manassas, Va., they want to build a giant shopping mall beside a hallowed Civil War battlefield. And across Pennsylvania, 119 plant species that once flourished have vanished before the pace of progress. Yesterday at a congressional hearing in Philadelphia, more than a dozen witnesses and two members of Congress exchanged concerns about the pressures the nation's open spaces and historic places face from modern development.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 1998 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In 1681, King Charles II of England signed off on Pennsylvania. William Penn administered the new city of Philadelphia and the colony, first from England and then from Pennsbury Manor, his country home on the Delaware River. Many historic sites in Pennsylvania will open their doors Sunday to mark Charter Day. The 43-acre Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville, for example, will host reenactors in period dress re-creating the everyday tasks and chores of the 17th century. Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, a fine example of early 18th-century Georgian architecture, will offer a self-guided tour with costumed interpreters.
NEWS
July 24, 2008 | By Noel Dolan FOR THE INQUIRER
The Patriots Path, a walking trail that would connect three Chester County Revolutionary War sites, is one step closer to actualization. On July 15, the three affected townships, Tredyffrin, Malvern, and East Whiteland, began the approval process to hire a consultant to undertake a multi-municipal trail study for the Eastern Great Valley. The Patriots Path, if completed, would link Valley Forge National Historic Park with the Paoli Memorial Grounds and Paoli Massacre site in Malvern and end at the site of Battle of the Clouds Park in East Whiteland Township.
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