Fairmount Park Horticultural Center, Philadelphia

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    Philadelphia's Big Old Park

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 30, 2013

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    Favorite thing: I found some really old postcards (around the turn of the century) which depicted scenes in Fairmont Park. Fairmount Park was the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876. It is one of the world's largest municipal parks, Fairmount contains several million trees; the oldest zoo in the U.S.; Boathouse Row; picnic areas; tennis courts; miles of bicycle paths; bridle paths; ; hundreds of statues and monuments; and two dozen or so 18th- and 19th-century buildings.

    Fondest memory: Situated in the Zoo grounds is The Solitude, home of John Penn (1760-1834), grandson of the Founder. Called "the poet," Penn left America in 1788, and after his death his brother Granville and nephew, who were the owners until Fairmount Park acquired it in 1867. It was the last holding in this country of the family that once "owned" the state, and even parts of Delaware. It is now used as offices for the Zoo. One of the old postcards shows a bison in the zoo.

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    • Eco-Tourism
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