Located at 859 County Line Road in Horsham, PA 19044

28Jun
2020
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LichfieldWillow

“Oh may we hope some tender twig…May yet be wafted Here!” – Cutting from a descendent of Lichfield Willow to come to Graeme Park

We’ve recently been contacted by representatives of the Samuel Johnson Society in Lichfield, England regarding planting a cutting of the Lichfield Willow (also known as Johnson’s Willow) at Graeme Park. The Willow is a 4th generation descendant of one that stood during Johnson’s time and of which he was very fond, but what makes it exciting for […]

11Apr
2020
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ScullMap

Dr. Graeme, Pest Houses, & Quarantine in Colonial Philadelphia

Quarantine, social distancing, and community spread are very much on our minds these days, but the concepts were not unknown to earlier doctors, including our own Dr. Graeme. Even though disease vectors were not always understood or accurately identified (bad air was often blamed), it was observed that those who avoided the sick escaped disease. While […]

26Jan
2019
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The 1681 Penn Charter

The “Pensilvania” Charter

For 355 days of the year the original 1681 Charter, by which Charles II granted Pennsylvania to William Penn, is kept in darkness in a locked cabinet in a locked vault at the Pennsylvania Archives. The cement block room has a chemical fire suppression system and is maintained at a temperature of 55-degrees and a […]

14Jul
2018
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RevWarSoldiers

Living History Sunday: Friends & Foes, Loyalists & Revolutionaries

Like many in 1776, Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson had to make a choice. Should she throw in with some of her friends and side with the high ideals of individual liberty by supporting the revolution, or should she protect her property, position and husband, Henry Hugh Fergusson, and remain loyal to King George III? Was it […]

14Jul
2018
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MourningPin

Lost Objects: Elizabeth’s Family Tree Pin

The Graeme family was very well-to-do, and therefore had many fine things in the way of furnishings, tableware, decorative objects, and clothing, jewelry and accessories. Some of these things are listed in the various inventories that were taken of the house and its contents and some are described in The History of Montgomery County, by […]

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