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    Graeme Park - a step back in history

    by CdnJane Written Sep 9, 2008

    If you are interested in architecture, and the history of the early days of Pennsylvania, this is a good place to visit.
    You can tour the grounds for free, but if you wish a tour of the house, you must stop at the Visitors' Centre in the barn and pay $4/pp for the tour. You will start by watching a video tape (not the greatest quality, but very informative) about the history of the property. It dates back to 1722 with Sir William Keith, the first Provincial Governor of Pennsylvania. He was put in by Sir William Penn, but fell out with him, and went back to England. His wife and family lived on there at the house, until it was sold to Dr. Thomas Graeme in 1739. He died in 1772 and his sole surviving child, Elizabeth, inherited the house. She had a romance with Benjamin Franklin's son, but married an inpoverished Scottish immigrant. He declared himself loyal to the English during the American Revolution, and the house was seized by the government. Elizabeth got it back, but finally had to sell it in 1781 to her nephew, William Smith. He sold it to the Penroses in 1801, who built the barn, and another house on the property. They in turn sold it in 1920 to Welsh Strawbridge, whose family lived there until they turned if over to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to maintain it as a historical property. The property is included in the Pennsylvania Rural Farm and Village History Trail.
    Tours are normally done just on the weekends, but we were fortunate to encounter one of the Friends of Graeme Park, a former teacher, who was very enthousiastic in his description. This was a man who was really interested in the place, and provided incredible details about the place.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Architecture

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    by sep007pa Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Regionally famous for their own fresh baked breads and rolls, Silvio's Deli is the perfect spot to pick up lunch or dinner for the family on your way home! All baking is done on the premises daily.

    Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Friday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Favorite Dish: The HOAGIES are the best! Big and packed with fresh cold cuts. However the homemade bread is the secret.

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