Friday, July 25, 2014

Don't Forget Plantation Concert tomorrow!! A "Native" Hero

                                                                      The other “Native”
Smedley D. Butler is one of only 19 men to be awarded the Medal of Honor twice. He was in five campaigns as a marine and was in the U. S. Marines service for 34 years and retired as a brigadier general. When he retired he bought a house in Newtown Square and lived there till he died in 1940 at age 59. When everyone talks about Delaware County heroes, Butler’s name is always at the top of the list and rightfully so. BUT, Butler was NOT a Delaware County native, he was born in West Chester in 1880.                                                                                                                                                      There are several Delaware County Medal of Honor winners born and raised here, but only one “native” who was nominated for the Medal of Honor twice, George W. Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was born in Chester in 1844, and was a third cousin of Theodore Roosevelt. His parents, Solomon and Elizabeth ran a small store in Chester. He enlisted in 1861 when he was just 17 years old. He served in the army and was first nominated for the Medal of Honor on August 30th 1862 at the battle of Bull Run and Roosevelt was nominated a second time at Gettysburg on July 2nd, 1863. He was severely wounded at Gettysburg and lost a leg and had to resign from the service. He became a U. S. Consul and served all over the world beginning in Sydney, Australia in 1877. While serving in Bordeaux, France in 1887 he received his Medal of Honor. There was no big celebration, it just arrived in a box. Many Civil War Medal of Honor medals were not given out till well after the war was over and Roosevelt’s was no exception. He continued to serve as a consular and became the counselor general of Brussels, Belgium and died there in April of 1907 at age 63. But he was a Delco “Native”!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Colonial Plantation Concert in Ridley Creek State Park

As a member of the Colonial Plantation PLEASE come out next week and enjoy a great outdoor concert!!
 Fun for the whole family!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pirate Day at the Colonial Plantation and DCHS aka "We Got Bobby Rydell"

The interior of the 1724 Courthouse in Chester, on the Avenue of the States. It is the oldest public/government building in the United States.
Invasion by Pirates!  
Saturday, July 12th
12 PM - 4 PM, last entry at 3 PM

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Colonial Plantation 4th of July and Christmas in July in Collingdale!!


The above building along with others were important to the Delaware River commerce. Any idea what the building was used for and where it stood?

Colonial Plantation

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Meet Sable at the Colonial Plantation and Aston's one room school house opens this weekend


Colonial Plantation


Ridley Creek State Park

Visit the event page for a schedule of events.   Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children & seniors.  CPP Members and children under 4 are free.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

French and Indian War at the Colonial Plantation

Sad that the Toll House Tavern in Norwood burned to the ground last week. This a picture of the toll house c. 1920. Chester Pike was a toll road till June of 1921

Colonial Plantation


Ridley Creek State Park

French & Indian War Camp & Skirmish
Saturday, June 21st 11 AM - 5 PM, last entry at 4 PM
It's the French and British fighting for control of the frontier. Watch the local militia, led by a Rodger's Ranger, discover a French raiding party and witness the skirmish, which follows. Visit the French and British campsites. Talk to the soldiers about their uniforms, weapons and strategy for fighting in the wilderness of the frontier.
There will also be cooking, woodworking and other everyday activities of the colonial time period. Refreshments and souvenirs may be purchased. 
Visit the event page for a schedule of events. Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children & seniors. CPP Members and children under 4 are free. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Signing, Colonial Plantation and Tinicum Twp. Community Day


Rt. 291 at Rt. 420 looking east c.1950