Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sharing history well

As you can see this picture is from Rose Valley. Looking for an address

Sharing history well


  The old expression, " I didn't share well as a child" is applying to me a lot more these days. As a 40 year collector of Delaware County memorabilia and counting the new generation of "collectors" do not understand. They say they want a "copy" and I say sure it will cost you this much, they are dumbfounded. Why should "I" pay? they say, well I did. No one gave me my extensive collection, it took years of collection and thousands of dollars. The "right click" generation does not seem to get it. When the internet, face book first came out it was great to post pictures and hear the comments. Then I saw my pictures on other sites and other people claiming it was "their" picture. Yeah that right click thing again. Some people have been nice and have asked permission, but most do not, they just take it. Then they wonder why you get upset. My friends who are serious collectors all have their stories. The college student who wanted to copy all my friends work and pictures for his school paper, no credit, no nothing and just could not understand why my friend would not just give it to him. I turn people down all the time and they just do not get or care of all the time, work and money it cost to put my collection together. The funniest and yet scariest was the lecture I want to several years ago. My buddy was talking and showing pictures about Delaware County transportation, trollies etc. My buddy is in his early 70's still in good shape and after the talk we were standing around he was answering questions talking to different people. All of a sudden he ran over to his computer were a young guy was standing. My buddy said nothing and hit the guy so hard he decked him and this guy was 40 some odd years younger. At first no one understood what was going on, the young guy just got up and ran out of the building. Then we saw it. He had been using a portable hard drive to try and steal all my friends pictures and luckily he had spotted the thief from across the room just in time. So next time you want a historical picture? just ask and bring some cash. I do share.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Colonial Plantation Summer Camp, Never too early

This picture is believed to be in the Aston Area. Please take a look and share
Looking for location and address

Ridley Creek State Park

Colonial Plantation

NEW - Pirates, Spies & Rogues Summer Camp
We don't know about you, but we here at the Plantation have certainly been thinking a lot about summer lately! We're excited to announce a brand new summer camp session called "Pirates, Spies and Rogues" for ages 7 - 13. We'll also have our flagship "Colonial Life" camp and the second year of our "Native Americans and the Natural World" camp, for ages 7-13 and 9-13. 

You can read more about our summer camp sessions and download a registration form on our website:

Also on the webpage is an easy-to-read grid on which camps are available for your child's age group to help you pick the right camp!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ridley Creek State Park The Colonial Plantation Winter Experince!!

"Winter Experience "
Saturday, January 24 and 31
11:00- 2:00
Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 4 to 12.
Children under 4 are admitted free of charge.
Winter is upon us and the farm life slows down however our animals still need care and many of them need to do work. Get involved or watch the farmer go about her winter routines. Horses need to pull logs for firewood. The working steer needs to move manure to the crop field and the cow needs to be milked. There will be hearth cooking, woodworking, blacksmith, spinning, warm cider in the parlor, and candle making. Reservations are required. There will be a fire to warm yourself but it is advisable to dress for the weather.

.11:30 – Horses – Watch our draft horse pull a log for splitting and then try to saw a log for firewood. Learn the difference between a draft horse and a riding horse.
12:30 – Ox – Manure needs to be moved to the crop field. Help fill up the sled and watch our young work steer pull the sled.
1:30 – Cows – Time for milking and meet our two baby calves, both less than two months old.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How much is your Spoerts Memorabilia worth? Find out on Saturday!


The Darby Free Library first founded in 1743 is the oldest library in Delaware County by far.

Once again Ron Oser and The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are joining forces to help you answer that nagging question of

  "I wonder how much my Sports Memorabilia is worth?"

 If you  have an item or collection that could have moderate or considerable value, bring it to the Mickey Vernon Museum to have a knowledgeable estimate of your sport treasure's worth be given to you. 
Ron is a leading expert from the east coast offices of Huggins & Scott  (one of the country’s leading sports memorabilia auction houses located in Silver Spring, Md.), will be on site at the museum on

Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 12 noon to 2 pm



to share with you his thirty years of experience in the sports collectibles field. Whether you have sports cards, autographs, programs, ticket stubs, game used jerseys and equipment, or any other sports related pieces from the 1880s to 1980s. Ron specializes in giving a fair and realistic estimate of the current market value of any sports memorabilia that you have. He estimates that the value of the items presented to him for evaluation by individuals who visited the museum in 2014 had a total value of over $100,000. He was so impressed with the quality and significance of the items presented that he looks forward to offering his services in 2015. For anyone interested,


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas ! The story of a "mere trifle"

Washington St. In Media aka Baltimore Pike looking east c.1910 in winter
"A mere trifle"
     All Clement Clarke Moore could think of was they had not used his name. The Troy, New York Sentinel newspaper had somehow obtained a copy of the poem he had written for his daughter, Charity the year before in December of 1822. Charity, had shared "her' poem with friend, Harriet Butler who had sent the poem to the Troy newspaper anonymously. The poem was titled,
 "Something about a Visit from St. Nicholas". Moore who lived in New York City, his home "Chelsea" is the name of a section of Manhattan today was a professor at the General Theological Seminary. Moore had graduated from Columbia College with honors in Oriental Languages and had written a dictionary of the Jewish Language. But he was a poet at heart and often wrote poems for his wife, Catherine and their six children. Christmas Eve of 1822 was no exception. He promised six year old daughter Charity, "something special". Moore got some of the ideas from "The Children's Friend" an anonymous book published in 1821 and Washington Irving's The Knickerbocker's History of New York". But much of the reindeer, stockings etc. came from his own imagination. The poem was read after dinner, twice by request and that was it. Or so Moore thought. Unaware that his daughter, Charity had shared "her" poem, he was stunned to see it in the newspaper the next year in 1823, but thankful his name had not been used. As a professor, writing children's poetry would have been frowned upon and Moore did not want fellow professors making fun of him. What shocked Moore was that the poem took off like wildfire, being published hundreds of times in newspapers and books thru out the country. Finally in 1837 he included the poem under his name for the first time in a book he was editing on New York State Poetry. Moore never really understood what all the fuss over his poem was all about. He was asked numerous times to write the poem out in his own hand, but he almost always refused. Only two copies are known to exist. As Moore himself once wrote, "It was a mere trifle, one that been found to afford far greater pleasure that what was by myself deemed of more worth".
Merry Christmas to all my blog readers!!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Colonial Plantation Craft Group in January

If you were going to Sycamore Mills and the Colonial Plantation 100 years ago it would have looked like this!
Colonial Plantation
Ridley Creek State Park
Craft Group 
Saturday, January 3
Leaders -
Christy and Barbara
11 to 4
We're starting a craft group to meet during the off-season! It's a time to sit someplace warm (most likely the Ed room, by the woodstove) and finish your works in progress. We'll also have time for a mini workshop, where we can share knowledge with each other. The first workshop will be on Redwork embroidery; beginner kits will be provided for sale for a small ($6-$9) fee. Please bring an embroidery hoop if you have one (7" is fine), a thimble if you like to use one, and a pair of scissors. Again, the participation in the workshop is completely voluntary. Please RSVP to Maury so we know who is coming, and how many would like to participate in the workshop. The first session will be held on Saturday, January 3rd, from 11 am to 4 pm. Bring your own lunch.
For more information
call 610-566-1724
between 10am and 2 pm

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Still time to get tickets for the Media House Tour!!!

The Minshall House at Front St. and Providence Rd. will be on the tour. I will be the guide from 3 to 6pm at the Minshall House.  Please stop in. This picture was taken about 1925 before it was restored.
Media Historical Society Candlelight Holiday House Tour:December 13th from 1 - 6 p.m.  
and a $50 gift certificate for a stay at Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast which is on the tour. 
Tickets go on sale Nov. 11 at Earth and State, Quincey's Marquette and Media Florist, all on State St. in Media.
also check out our new website: