The Trolley Car Diner was transported by truck 10 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pa., to its current site in Mount Airy. Owner Ken Weinstein was able to find a vacant Roy Rogers site along Germantown Avenue for the diner’s newest location. “There used to be five original diners in Wilkes Barre and we took […]
The Black Writers Museum is a recent addition to Maplewood Mall, a small cobblestone street within the Germantown community. The Black Writers Museum, which opened in June at 29 W. Maplewood Ave., is the only museum in Philadelphia that specifically is dedicated to celebrating black literature. While various cultural institutions that focus on black culture exist […]
Behind the 18th century home of merchant John Wister and his family exists a garden, a weather station, a bee house and most recently, a hoop house. The hoop house, or high tunnel, was given to Grumblethorpe from Penn State as an effort to promote horticulture and healthy eating. Headed by Professor William Lamont of […]
The year is 1859 and it’s right in the heart of the Victorian era. President James Buchanan is in the middle of his only term as commander in chief and Oregon just became the 33rd state in the union. America’s Civil War is still two years off. In Philadelphia the population is still around half a […]
Germantown Town Hall is sitting vacant at 5928 Germantown Ave., and it has been for the past 12 years, slowly deteriorating, the ground becoming littered with historic debris. What once served a great purpose in the town’s history is now collecting cobwebs, only to sit even longer, waiting for its value to be restored. People […]
Turning the corner onto the 3500 block of North Carlisle Street, which runs directly behind the new Temple University Medical School building, one is met with noisy, powerful gusts of wind. “It’s a wind tunnel effect,” said Paul Washington of 3504 N. Carlisle St. This is one of the many effects that the building, completed […]
As America celebrates Black History Month one historic house’s story offers lessons in community and diversity that still hold relevance today. Built in 1768 by John Johnson, the Johnson House was the home to generations of the family from 1770 to 1908, according to tour guide Jim Crichton. In the 1850s, the family used their home as a […]
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