Trailheads

As 2021 comes into focus, PHMC’s Trails of History sites are providing exceptional service to the public through online offerings. The annual celebration of Charter Day, Pennsylvania’s birthday, will take place online. Our sites and museums continue to build their portfolios of virtual programs and tours, from lectures to trivia nights to online exhibits. Follow PHMC or your favorite site’s...
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Historic Sites of the Revolution

Pennsylvania is unusually rich in historic sites associated with the American Struggle for nationhood two centuries ago. The Bicentennial observance under­scores the importance of this treasury of the state’s historic heritage. The deep involvement of Pennsylvania people and land in the Revolutionary War is reflected by these historic sites maintained by government as well as organizations...
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Hope Lodge

Discover one of the country’s most beautiful Georgian style mansions by visiting Hope Lodge in Montgomery County, built in the 1740s by prominent Quaker gristmill operator Samuel Morris. In addition to its confident classical architectural style, Hope Lodge features a prized collection of antique and period furniture and furnishings spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries....
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Through a Looking Glass: Colonial and Colonial Revival Hope Lodge

An avenue of overarching trees leads from the road to the house which stands on a slight rise. A little to the west is St. Thomas’s Hill, thrice held by soldiers during the Revolutionary struggle. In front, to the north across the pike, the Wissahickon winds through peaceful meadows and beyond rises the long slope of wood-crowned Militia Hill – every rood of land full of historic...
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Hope Lodge Farm Egg Carton

With his purchase in 1922 of Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, Montgomery County, a magnificent example of Georgian architecture built for wealthy Quaker entrepreneur Samuel Morris (1709-1770) in the 1740s, William L. Degn (1860-1940) joined the ranks of southeastern Pennsylvania’s gentlemen farmers. These men made their livelihoods in business and industry but maintained country houses on...
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