Saturday, November 24, 2012

Historical News and Notes: Graeme Park for Sale

The following announcement appeared in the November 24, 1919 Evening Public Ledger

GRAEME PARK FARM of 191 acres, in Horsham township, Montgomery county, 18 miles from Philadelphia, containing Keith mansion, built 1722 with wainscoted walls and open fireplaces; large farmhouse; also tenant house, 2 large barns and other buildings all of stone; 47 acres timber land; stream.
M.B. PENROSE Hatboro R.F.D. Pa

The seller of the property would have been Morris Penrose, who in 1920, sold Graeme Park to Welsh Strawbridge.

The Library of Congress has made historic newspapers, dating from 1836-1922, available in their Chronicling America Series. Papers are easily searchable by keywords and location.

Friday, November 2, 2012

First Friday Fotos: Hurricane Sandy Edition

Well, here we are, November already. The summer and fall seemed to just fly by and before we know it, it will be 2013. This past week has been difficult for many as a result of Hurricane Sandy, and we wish them the best as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process. Graeme Park, which normally gets a lot of flooding and power outages during even the most basic of storms, came through just fine with only minimal loss of branches, no leaking thanks to our new roof, and power and communications networks intact. Our resident ferals hid out in the shelters and straw bales we provided for them and all* seem to be just fine (*there is one we haven't had a siting of, but she comes and goes and it is not unusual to not see her for weeks or months, so we're hopeful she's ok). Several of our volunteers have been by to make coffee and charge up phones, Kindles and laptops since they still don't have power back at home.

As you can see in this month's version of First Friday Fotos, it is still a bit gray and rainy here today, and I think we've lost a few more shingles off the summer kitchen roof and the little bump out in the back, which you can't see in the photo, but for the most part, all is well here at Graeme Park.

To review previous First Friday Fotos, see October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, and January. See you on December 7 for the final edition. Will there be snow on the ground? I hope not, but stay tuned.

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