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Looking for older and historic homes in the State of Delaware or in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Carolyn Roland is a trained Architectural Historian and a Board Member of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and Friends of the Furness Railroad District as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Delaware and Chester County Historical Societies.,..
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Growing up in Chicago, all I remember about celebrating March 19 is that all my classmates tried to wear green on March 17, to honor St. Patrick.  But we knew we would get our chance on the 19th, because all of us Polish-American kids would wear red, to honor St. Joseph.I was thinking of this las...
03/19/2020
Since our options for being out and around seem to be limited to parks and our our yards, a friend and I took advantage of a sunny day and had a nice hike around the grounds of Winterthur Museum and Gardens today. The museum and shops are closed, but the groundskeepers are busy and we saw them bu...
03/16/2020
A new "organic" grocery store, "Sprouts," has opened this week in North Wilmington (or Brandywine Hundred, the historic name). Since we really don't have a lot of sources of entertainment after all the museums and theaters have closed, they had a good number of people yesterday. The other end of ...
03/14/2020
I came across this survey by The Economist which purports to gauge the mood of the economy by the songs people listen to: The Economist has carefully analyzed music consumption to “create a quantitative measure of seasonal misery.” The publication used data from a popular music streaming service ...
03/09/2020
My favorite perennial flower is the Hellebore, or Lenten Rose, a late winter bloomer that is a member of the Buttercup family. This morning I started cleaning up one of the 3 planting beds in my back and front yards that become more crowded with Hellebores every year. Not that I mind them spreadi...
02/29/2020
DELAWARE EVENTSOn Monday, March 2 at noon, hear about a "Bridge Between Two Eras" at Delaware's Auburn Valley State Park. Come enjoy the changing spring weather on this one hour journey through Yorklyn history. Participants will get to learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley's ...
02/28/2020
You know I am a history junkie when I get charged up over  the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Delaware, the September 3, 1777 Battle of Cooch's Bridge.  Remarkably, the home (photo)  that served as headqarters for Colonial General Wm. Maxwell, then British General Cornwallis was in the C...
02/22/2020
In my last blog entry I told you about the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Today, we will see that I wandered across the street to take a look at the grounds of its neighbor, the Mercer Museum, a  six-story reinforced concrete castle designed by Henry Mercer (1856-1930...
02/20/2020
Yesterday, I traveled about an hour north of Wilmington Delaware to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Begun in 1884 as the Bucks County Prison, it was transformed 100 years later into an art gallery.  Philadelphia architect Addison Hutton had designed a 3-story warden'...
02/19/2020
On view now to March 22, the annual Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA  is now doing its annual thing, brightening up the space vacated by the recent Christmas display. (Full disclosure, after many years of doing the holiday thing, I stayed away this last December).  As...
02/02/2020