Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With just two and a half days to explore Philadelphia and the surrounding countryside, we had to pack a lot into a short visit. My Clinard cousin, George Boyden has lived in Philadelphia for years and made a great tour guide. We enjoyed sharing family history in the evenings and he shared his love of history as we toured his city. We also share a love for flowers and antiques.

George Boyden and house full shot

George Boyden, flowers in yard

George Boyden's cat & flowers

George Boyden's day lilyOur first historic stop was the Lower Swedish Cabin located just five minutes from his house. It is the only remaining log cabin from the earliest settlers in the area.

Lower Swedish Cabin with marker

Lower Swedish Cabin back & side view

Lower Swedish Cabin front view

Lower Swedish Cabin log notching

Lower Swedish Cabin outbuildingWe then drove just a few minutes to The Grange, a lovely estate that was frequented by many famous historic figures.

Philly The Grange sign   Philly The Grange barn cupola Philly The Grange porch

Philly The Grange side

Philly, the Grange plaqueWe walked a few blocks to catch the train into downtown Philadelphia and when we got off the train, Christ Church was right across the street.

Philly, Christ Church bldg

Christ Church steeple

Philly, Christ Church history sign

Philly, Christ Church headstone

Philly, Christ Church view to pulpit

Philly, Christ Church view to organ  Philly, Christ Church chairs

Philly, Christ Church banister & chair

Philly, Christ Church chandelier & column top

Philly, Christ Church chandelier vertGeorge Washington’s pew

Philly, Christ Church G Washington pew

Philly, Christ Church plaque George Washington's pew

Benjamin Franklin’s pewPhilly, Christ Church Ben Franklin's pew

Philly, Christ Church organ

Philly, Christ Church pew row

Philly, Christ Church window view

Philly, Christ Church Wm White dates

Philly, Christ Church Wm White tomb

Next famous historic site, the home of Betsy Ross Philly, Betsy Ross house

Philly, Betsy Ross sign

Philly, Betsy Ross cats

And just a few blocks away, Elfreth’s Alley established in 1736

Philly, Elfreth's Alley sign

Philly, Elfreth's Alley wide view

Philly, Elfreth's Alley red trimmed house

Philly, Elfreth's Alley yellow trimmed houseThe plaques on the buildings showed the owners had paid for fire fighter service.

Philly, Elfreth's Alley fire plaqueJust down the street, the Arch Street Friends Meeting House of the Quakers

Philly, Arch St Quaker Meeting House

Philly Quaker hat

Philly Quaker benches

Philly Quaker guide, touristsThe cemetery below…

Philly Quaker cemetery trapdoor

Philly Quaker Hilmes Map of PA

Philly Quaker lobby bench

Philly Quaker meeting room

Philly Quaker quilt descrip

Philly Quaker quiltBenjamin Franklin is a popular fellow in Philadelphia…

Philly Ben Franklin statue

Philly Engine 8 Ladder 2 Firehouse

And across the street is the Christ Church Burial Ground where Ben Franklin’s grave sits next to the fence. Tourists leave pennies on it. Philly Christ Church Burial Ground sign

Philly Ben Franklin grave

Working our way to the Liberty Hall…

Philly brick building

Philly Corn Exchange Bank

Just around the corner from Liberty Hall is the Philadelphia Bourse and inside is a shopping area and food court with public restrooms downstairs.

Philly Bourse Hall exterior

Philly Bourse Hall interior view

Philly Bourse Hall clock, rail

Philly corner of Liberty HallLiberty Hall pictured below. The Liberty Bell is in a structure behind where I was standing. You have to get a ticket at the Liberty Bell for it and the Liberty Hall tour. There was a really long line to get inside to see the Liberty Bell so we skipped it.Philly Liberty Hall wide view

Philly Liberty Hall topThe line to take the tour which goes every 20 minutes or so.

Philly Liberty Hall line

Philly Liberty Hall line, George & girl

  Philly Liberty Hall vert

Philly Liberty Hall weathervaneA horse and buggy tour is a great way to see the city and learn about the history. Philly horse and driverOr take the Duck tour..

Philly Ride the Ducks tour boat

Philly metal facade blockGeorge said he had a treat for me for lunch if we didn’t mind walking a bit farther… The Reading Terminal and Market.

Philly Reading Market sign

Philly Reading Market entranceInside is a wonderland for foodies… Individual businesses rent space that are food related so you can eat a meal at a dizzying array of mini restaurants and counters, or shop for fresh produce, meat, eggs, cheese, candy, etc. WOW!

Philly Reading Market Bassett's Ice Cream

Philly Reading Market Bee Natural

Philly Reading Market cupcakes

Philly Reading Market diners

  Philly Reading Market Godshall's Eggs

Philly Reading Market Hershels

Philly Reading market local cheese

Philly Reading Market Meat counter

Philly Reading Market Mueller's Chocolates

Philly Reading Market pretzel maker

Philly Reading Market pretzels

Philly Reading Market produceI chose a reuben and it was sooo good!

Philly REading Market reuben plate

Philly Reading Market rueben  Philly Reading Market Tommy Dinic'sTime to walk some more.. going towards City Hall

Philly City Hall and mural

Philly City Hall and churchDetails going at the entrance to City Hall. You actually walk under City Hall to the other side. I loved these nature details.Philly City Hall carving & column

Philly City Hall carving detail  Philly City Hall heron carving

Philly City Hall fountain

Philly City Hall vert 2

Philadelphia City Hall top

Philly City Hall vert

Street entertainment

Philly street dancer backflip

Philly street dancer boy

Philly street dancer handstandWe then caught a bus to go visit his friends that own Woven Treasures, a delightful rug, textile and tile shop. I LOVE textiles and they were happy to educate me about their vast inventory. They also carry accent pieces, jewelry and scarves and more.

Philly Woven Treasures exteriorA charming park in front of Woven Treasures

Philly Woven Treasures park

Philly Woven Treasures front room

Philly Woven Treasures room view

Philly Woven Treasures rug pillowsTextile heaven…

Philly Woven Treasures embroidery & shopkeeper

Philly Woven Treasures embroidery detail  Philly Woven Treasures full paisley

Philly Woven Treasures hanging rug  Philly Woven Treasures jewelry & scarves

Philly Woven Treasures jewelry

Philly Woven Treasures paisley & emboidery

Philly Woven Treasures how to wear shawl

Philly Woven Treasures paisley blanket

Philly Woven Treasures paisley front and back  Philly Woven Treasures plates

Philly Woven Treasures silk scarf

Philly Woven Treasures stack of rugs

Philly Woven Treasures yellow embroideryFamily and friends gather to talk over tea…

Philly Woven Treasures, George & friend

Philly Woven Treasures older fellow

Philly Woven Treasures friend

Philly Woven Treasures rug & proprietorWe walked to catch the train back to George’s neighborhood and caught a few more great views along the way… this is the bridge over the Schuylkill River.

Philly eagle & light

Philly Sax player hori, sky

Philly sax player

What a day! So many famous places to see and so little time but we packed a lot in a day. You could spend weeks, months, years exploring everything there is to see in Philadelphia, and I highly recommend you pay this historic city a visit. You can get very reasonable airfare through Southwest. George Boyden cat closeupThat’s all for Philly!


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Valley Forge, Amish Country and the Ephrata Cloister, Pennsylvania

I took a quick trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit a Clinard cousin and see some of the historic sights. George has lived there for years and loves antiques and history, so made an excellent tour guide. We spent a full day driving through Valley Forge and then out to Amish Country and the Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge

Valley Forge, Washington's headquarters

Valley Forge headquarters signThe train station at Valley Forge

Valley Forge train depot

Valley Forge sign

Valley Forge cannon and obelisk

Jamie at Valley Forge cannon

Valley Forge cannonsThe Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge.

Valley Forge chapel lady statue and courtyard

Valley Forge chapel lectern

Valley Forge chapel pews

Valley Forge chapel stained glass

Valley Forge chapel vert

Valley Forge chapel wood carved door

Valley Forge chapel wood door   Valley Forge stone arch

Valley Forge chapel wood ceiling

Valley Forge wood carvingsThere is a great little gift shop behind the Washington Memorial Chapel with souvenirs and snacks

Valley Forge Chapel Cabin ShopThere’s also a small used book store

Valley Forge bookstoreYou could spend half or a whole day at Valley Forge if you are a history buff but time was limited for me, so we headed west to Amish Country.

Amish Country, banner, fields, buggy

Look for signs along the road for farms that are selling products and there are farm markets scattered around the area. The flowers at Beiler’s Fruit Farm drew us to stop. Their rows of dahilias and zinnias and perennials were gorgeous.

Amish Country, Beiler's Farm sign

Amish Country, Beilers Farm bldg, horse & buggy

Amish Country, Beilers Farm butterfly bush

Amish Country, Beilers Farm flower rows

Amish Country, Beilers Farm flowers, pumpkins

Amish Country, Beilers Farm org dahlias

Amish Country, Beilers Farm pink dahlias

Amish Country, Beilers Farm zinnias, dahlias

Amish Country, Beilers Farm, George & flowers

Amish Country, dairy farm

Amish Country, farm scene 2

Amish Country, farm scene banner

Amish Country, tobacco cut

Amish Country, horse & buggy on road

Amish Country, horse & buggy, US 30

Amish Country, typical farm bldgs

We asked the Amish fellow we bought cheese from at one of the farms where he recommended we eat lunch. He directed us to a local favorite diner, the White Horse Luncheonette. The delicious portions were big and very reasonable.

Amish Country, White Horse Luncheonette

Amish Country, White Horse chalkboard

Amish Country, White Horse counter

Amish Country, White Horse Luncheonette dining

Amish Country, White Horse Luncheonette plates  Amish Countryside hori bannerSince our Clinard family immigrated from the Palatine region (Germany/Switzerland) in Europe in the late 1700s to Pennsylvania, George wanted us to visit the Ephrata Cloister.  “One of America’s earliest religious communities, the Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards.”

Ephrata Cloister bench and bldgs

Ephrata Cloister building

Ephrata Cloister apple tree and house

Ephrata Cloister cemetery & bldg

Ephrata Cloister cemetery, horses

Ephrata Cloister George in cemetery

Ephrata Cloister Philemon headstone

Ephrata Cloister clock

Ephrata Cloister couple

Ephrata Cloister group of blgs

Ephrata Cloister grandfather clock

Ephrata Cloister group of blgs

Ephrata Cloister house

Ephrata Cloister kitchen

Ephrata Cloister living interior

Ephrata Cloister log bldg

Ephrata Cloister main bldg

Ephrata Cloister picture & sampler

Ephrata Cloister playhouse

Ephrata Cloister sink

Ephrata Cloister weaving room

Ephrata Cloister, chapel

Amish store, horse & buggy

It was a long day but I enjoyed every minute! Next up, downtown Philadelphia …



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