May 2, 2012 |
America's historic lands are disappearing - and the rate of loss will continue accelerating without quick action, historians and federal officials say. More than 100 "nationally significant" battlefields and historic sites from the American Revolution and War of 1812 are already gone, a survey by the National Park Service has found. An additional 245 are in poor condition or fragmented, and 222 are in danger of destruction in the next 10 years. While Civil War sites have tended to receive protection, many from the earlier wars are at risk.
July 6, 2012 |
Real history buffs didn't mingle with the thousands of visitors and tourists who flocked to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center in Old City on Independence Day. Instead, they could be found along a 2-mile strip of Germantown Avenue that runs through Germantown and Mount Airy, enjoying the rich historic sites — including Cliveden, Stenton, Concord School, Johnson House and Colonial burial grounds — while...
November 28, 2006 |
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.
January 1, 1989 |
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.
October 9, 1991 |
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.
July 5, 1990 |
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.
November 30, 1989 |
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.
June 25, 1988 |
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.
March 6, 1998 |
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.
July 24, 2008 |
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.