Potter County: At the Edge of the Forest

Potter, one of the Com­monwealth’s larger counties in size, but one of the smaller in population, is located in the center of what is popularly called the northern tier. Its location on a highly dissected plateau with narrow, steep­-sided valleys made travel diffi­cult and settlement hesitant. Even today with modern tech­nology, the pace of life is slower than in Pennsylvania’s more...
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Beloved, Beleaguered, and Belittled: Ole Bull’s New Norway

It is said that, on certain autumn days, a visitor to one particular mountain top in Potter County can still hear the haunting violin strains of nineteenth century music legend Ole Bull, drifting ever-so-faintly amidst the whispering pines and the soft murmur of Kettle Creek wending its way through the valley below. It seems that the trilling of the songbirds and the chattering of resident...
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Footed Silver Presentation Cup by Peter Bentzon

African American silversmith Peter Bentzon, born about 1783 in Saint Thomas, then part of the Danish West Indies, was active in Philadelphia between 1808 and about 1840. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1791, and was trained by an unidentified sil­versmith from 1799 to 1806. He was apprenticed about 1808 to Philadelphia silversmith Samuel Williamson, whose record books during this period also...
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Bookshelf

Historic Houses of Philadelphia by Roger W. Moss University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998 (256 pages, cloth,$34.95) Sumptuous, a word frequently used by restaurant reviewers and critics of haute cuisine, aptly describes Historic Houses of Philadelphia, the latest fare by Roger W. Moss, known widely for his books on Victorian era architecture and ornamentation. Fifty historic houses, mansions, and...
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