Our Town: The Corson Quarry and the local history of lime

Our Town | October 4th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by George McNeely (Ed. note: Due to a production error, the first part of this week’s “Our Town” column was cut off in the print version of the Local. The full version of the article is presented below.) Lurking around Chestnut Hill and the surrounding towns are overlooked remnants of early commercial and industrial activities. […]

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Our Town: A village under attack – the fight to save Abolition Hall continues

Our Town | September 12th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by George McNeely Just as the struggle to abolish slavery took centuries, the struggles over the proposed unsympathetic development around Abolition Hall may last as long. Herein is the latest in the saga to preserve that remarkable survival of the Underground Railroad. Readers may remember that the New Jersey-based developers, K. Hovnanian Homes, is proposing […]

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Gates to paradise: Entries to the Wissahickon

Our Town | August 16th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by George McNeely A reader has inquired about the various sets of gateways at key entry points to the Wissahickon Park in Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill. On these warm summer days, those of us who are not at the beach are likely visiting the Park and may encounter those gateways. Herein is some of […]

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Chestnut Hill and the Dakota Sioux: A complicated history

Our Town | August 1st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by George McNeely Readers of the Local may have noticed a recent discussion in these pages about Chestnut Hill and Native Americans, including about why we have so many streets named after indigenous tribes. My fellow columnist Hugh Gilmore has provided the answer: that Gertrude Woodward, the daughter of Henry Houston, requested such names. There […]

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Our Town: The complicated birth of the Woodmere Art Museum

Our Town | June 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by George McNeely This week we celebrate the unveiling of the newest outdoor sculpture at the Woodmere Art Museum: Robinson Fredenthal’s immense stainless steel geometric “White Water” of 1978. The sculpture now serves as a dazzling abstract triumphal arch on Germantown Pike at the entrance to Chestnut Hill. This is only the most recent addition […]

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