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West Oak Lane: Five Must-See Landmarks in the Philadelphia National Cemetery

West Oak Lane: Five Must-See Landmarks in the Philadelphia National Cemetery

West Oak Lane is a vibrant residential neighborhood in Upper Northern Philadelphia that is home to one of the United States’ 135 national cemeteries. On the corner of Haines Street and Limekiln Pike lies the Philadelphia National Cemetery, an armed forces cemetery established in 1862. This burial ground contains the graves of soldiers who served […]

 

Germantown: Keeping the History Alive

Germantown: Keeping the History Alive

From England to Philadelphia to Germantown: A Lineage As the Stackhouses look over their flourishing Germantown garden, a small woodpecker stops to perch on a birdhouse nearby. Rare birds and hungry squirrels wander in and out with grace, careful not to disturb any of the family’s four cats that sun in the yard daily. A […]

 By Megan Mazza and Matthew Hulmes

Frankford: Ghosts in a Civil War Museum

Frankford: Ghosts in a Civil War Museum

“This building does have ghosts,” said Hugh Boyle, executive director at the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library in Frankford. Built in 1976 by its original owner, Dr. John Ruan, this civil war museum is loaded with historical artifacts, books and the spirits that often accompany them. “Several times a year, we bring […]

 By Max Webber and James Riggio

Germantown: Author Celebrates All-Black Civil War Camp

Germantown: Author Celebrates All-Black Civil War Camp

Germantown residents and visitors were privileged to learn about the stalwart black troops who trained nearby. The free event “Saluting Camp William Penn,” which took place in the parlor of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, opened the floor to author Donald Scott. He presented a slideshow and lecture on the history of Camp William Penn, the […]

 By Anna Berezowska and Genevieve LeMay

Germantown: A Town Of Its Own

Germantown: A Town Of Its Own

[vimeo 20352517] Germantown has a reputation of being one of those neighborhoods for Philadelphians. It is poor. African-Americans are the majority; whites are a minority. The robbery rate is high. All of these facts might lead a someone to easily make assumptions about the neighborhood. But there’s no other place where you’ll find documents of […]