Here in the United States, our oldest, and still inhabited, street is in Philadelphia. It’s Elfreth’s Alley. The alley dates to before the United States were even imagined. It was created in 1702 after two local blacksmiths pooled pieces of their land to form the alleyway. Ben Franklin lived there, while Betsy Ross - credited with making the first American flag - paid a visit. The oldest house dates to 1725. #
Margaret "Mag" Palm A conductor on the Underground Railroad Margaret Palm was a colorful character in Gettysburg's African-American community during the mid-nineteenth century. Before the Civil War she served as a conductor along the local branch of the Underground Railroad, earning the nickname Maggie Bluecoat for the blue circa-1812 military uniform coat she wore while conducting fugitive slaves north from the area.
2. Famous Female Entrepreneur: Mary Cassatt! She rocked the male-dominated art world during the Impressionist era of art history. Her portraits are my absolute favorite, and prints of her work pepper the walls of my home. Bonus: A native Pennsylvanian like myself! Inspiration personified! #modcloth #makeitwork
The Olde Stone Guesthouse began in the late 1700s when the original buildings were constructed. Later they were used as part of the Underground Railroad to hide slaves who were escaping to freedom in the North. The bed and breakfast is nestled among acres of farmland near the border of Lancaster and Chester counties. Visitors can take a relaxing stroll through the garden or enjoy viewing the horses in the meadow during #FallinPA.
In 1776, General George Washington and his army crossed the Delaware River in the frigid cold of winter. At that site today is Washington Crossing Historic Park, an interpretive center that not only tells the story of Washington’s famous crossing, but also preserves the early 19th century history of Taylorsville. With historic sites, wildflower areas and nature trails, it’s also an excellent place to discover the October foliage of Bucks County in suburban Philadelphia. #FallinPA
Gettysburg Train Station. President Lincoln arrived here by train on November 18, 1863, invited by David Wills to deliver "a few appropriate remarks" at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery. The station also served as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg, transporting 15,000 wounded soldiers after the battle.