Thursday, January 12, 2012

Marcus Hook Aerial view and upcoming events.

The picture above is an aerial view of Marcus Hook from about 1947.

There are a number of interesting talks and lectures coming up this coming week. The John Chad house in Chadds Ford will be opened this coming Monday, January 17. If you have never been there it is worth the trip. It is one of the oldest houses in the county. While there take in the Chris Sanderson Museum. Chris was an eccentric historian who saved everything the visit is a must. On Wednesday January 19 there will be a talk on the U.S.S. Alligator, the first submarine purchased by the U.S. government. The talk is in Newtown square and should be quite interesting, there are some local ties to the submarine. There will also be a talk on the Darlington Dairy in Middletown on January 23. In the 19th century the Darlington Dairy butter was highly prized and was used at the White House in Washington by several U.S. presidents at their request.
 Several other lectures are coming up visit my website for more details and events.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
at John Chads House
The John Chads House will be open Monday, January 16, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The last family to live in the c. 1725 house was the African-
American family of Maryann Strand. They lived there for close to nineteen years and were the
last to live in the house before it was purchased and restored by the Chadds Ford Historical
Society, more than 40 years ago. Guides will lead tours of the small stone mansion that survived
almost 300 years and tell about its fascinating history. Don’t miss bread baking in the beehive
oven in the cellar kitchen! Visitors can walk along the scenic one-mile River Trail from the
Chads House to the Brandywine River Museum.
There will be refreshments, a video showing some of Dr. King’s speeches, a coloring area for
young visitors, exhibits, games, and special activities at the Visitors Center, free of charge. The
John Chads House is one of the Delaware County Historical Society’s Passport to History sites.
Admission to the John Chads House is $5 for adults; members of the Chadds Ford Historical
Society and children 12 and under are free. For information, call (610) 388-7376 or visit The Chads House is located opposite the Visitors Center on Creek Road, ¼ mile north of U.S. Route 1.  

Newtown Square Historical Preservation Society
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
“The U.S.S. Alligator”
The Dunwoody Village Auditorium,
3500 West Chester Pike,
Newtown Square, PA
Questions? Contact Jan Elston
(610) 353-1326

The “Alligator“ was the first submarine purchased by the US Government
back in the 1800’s. The Newtown Square Historical Society presents Guest
speaker, Dan Cashin, at the Dunwoody Village Auditorium in Newtown
Square, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. The program will begin at 8:00 P.M.
There is no charge to attend this presentation and school children are
welcome. Fifteen minutes prior to the program, the Society will have a brief
general meeting open to the public. Come early to stay informed about what’s
new in historic Newtown Square.
Dan explains how The Alligator influenced the history of Marcus Hook, As a
participant in many Civil War enactments, Dan is knowledgeable on many
facets of the devastating war between the Union and the succeeding states of
the south. His little-known story of the U.S.S. Alligator, includes the ironclad
USS Monitor and a Confederate submarine, CSS Hurley.

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