Fallingwater in Farmington, PA

September 24th, 2013|Pennsylvania|

Bear Run, in rural southwest Pennsylvania is designated as a scenic river. The closest "big" city wouldbe Farmington, Pennsylvania.In 1935, the wealthy Kaufmann familywanted to build a second home in thewoods there.  They loved this waterfallon [...]

Modern Philly

September 22nd, 2013|Pennsylvania|

Perhaps the city of brotherly love'sbest known landmark is LOVEitself - created in 1966. Public art is all over Philadelphia - this one justseems like unabashed fun.  It's called "Freedom".Philadelphia had grand plans for acity hall [...]

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia

September 21st, 2013|Pennsylvania|

A couple of blocks away from Independence Hall,while Franklin and Jefferson were signing theDeclaration of Independence, prison conditions wereappalling.  Jailers made little effort to protect prisonersfrom each other.  Violence was common, and prisonersdying of cold and [...]

Franklin’s Philadelphia

September 19th, 2013|Pennsylvania|

Turns out Betsy Ross is a historical fraud!  She was "credited" with making the first flag, by a nation eager to celebrate the upcoming Revolution Centennial in 1876, particularly the role of heroic women.  There is actually no historical evidence to corroborate any [...]

Feeling Freedom in Philadelphia

September 18th, 2013|Pennsylvania|

Imagine this room full of budding patriots, riskinghigh treason to declare independence.  To quote Benjamin Franklin, "We must, indeed, all hang together,or most assuredly, we will all hang separately."  The chair on a raised platform to the [...]

Honoring the Fallen at Gettysburg Cemetery

September 16th, 2013|Pennsylvania|

Divided loyalties to the Union and Confederacycaused family rifts.  Mary Todd Lincoln's brother,George Todd, was a Confederate Surgeon.  Heonce called Abraham Lincoln "one of the greatestscoundrels unhung".Sons, brothers, cousins, uncles, fathers.  As apercentage of the [...]

Southern Charm at Greenbrier, PA

September 13th, 2013|Pennsylvania|

The Duke and Duchess of Windsorcelebrated the grand re-opening ofGreenbrier after WWII, when it hadbeen repurposed as a 2,000 bedmilitary hospital.Greenbrier Hotel has hosted 26 US Presidents,starting with Van Buren in 1841.  There is amassive [...]