Category: History

The Philadelphia Zoo

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t like animals, at least not enough to prevent them from enjoying a trip to the zoo!  The Philadelphia Zoo (formerly called Philadelphia Zoological Gardens) has the notable distinction of being the first zoo in America, founded in 1874.  Designed to…

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Longwood Gardens

No doubt worthy of a” Top Ten Most Beautiful Gardens in America” designation, here in Southeastern Pennsylvania we have the lucky privilege of being within easy shot of Longwood Gardens.  Thirty miles from Philadelphia and 40 miles from Lancaster, it is well worth the trip if you have not yet…

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Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

It’s possible you’ve lived in Lancaster County your whole life, perhaps driven by it, or went to its next door neighbor, Hands-On House Museum, and still have no idea Lancaster’s premier colonial village even exists!  At least that’s what one of the moms on my…

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Driving Tour of Fairmount Park (Philadelphia) Historic Mansions

Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the nation’s largest urban park with a sprawling 9,200 acres of quiet, natural beauty containing miles of trails, recreational fields, shaded woodlands, and peaceful waterfront vistas all within easy reach of Philadelphia citizens.  A special feature (and my personal favorite) are the…

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National Watch and Clock Museum

I always thought the name of this museum sounded impressive so I had been meaning to check it out for some time.  Thanks to a free family pass from the library, I finally got around to it the other week.  I took all four children by myself on a Saturday…

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Rockford Plantation-Yuletide Tours

(I meant to write this earlier but Christmas took over.  If you want to check this event out, you have to hurry—going on now and the next couple of days!) By now it’s no secret that I love historical architecture, but what is even better than touring an…

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Valley Forge National Historical Park

Of all the day trips our family has taken in recent years, this trip stands out as one of our favorites.  It was one of those days when time seems to stand still, and the whole day seemed like a day dream.  We came home with that relaxed, just-did…

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The Hershey Story (Museum)

Like many families that live in the Central PA area, we have been to Hersheypark more times than I can count and quite frankly I am not reviewing it because I know everyone will plunk down ridiculous amounts of money to go there regardless. So for all the times we…

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Indian Steps Museum

Trying to take advantage of a beautiful autumn day, we took the family down to York County to the Susquehanna River where a tucked-away historical landmark sits right off of the sparkling river.  The Indian Steps cabin, erected in 1912 by John Edward Vandersloot is a unique structure built…

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Cornwall Iron Furnace

When Charter Day* rolled around in 2016, I decided to take my older children to visit the Cornwall Iron Furnace located in Lebanon county.  It was a rainy day but since most of the attraction is indoors, it was a perfect destination for a leisurely Sunday afternoon. Iron plantations were…

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