Located at 859 County Line Road in Horsham, PA 19044

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 […]

05May
2018
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The “Other” Women of Graeme Park

We spend a lot of time at Graeme Park on the history of Elizabeth Graeme, but with Mother’s Day coming up, it might be nice to delve into the history of some of the less-discussed women of Graeme Park. Ann Newberry Diggs Keith, or Lady Ann, was born in 1675 near London. Nothing is known […]

14Jul
2012
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FrechRevolution

Viva la Revolution! Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson on the French Revolution

Happy Bastille Day everyone! Today it seems appropriate to take a break from our Celtic Festival preparations and quickly look at Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson’s interest in the French Revolution, which followed so closely on the heels of American independence. In 1793 Elizabeth sent a bundle of her poems and writings to fellow writer Annis Stockton. […]

29May
2012
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AnnGraemeTomb

R.I.P. Ann Diggs Graeme – May 29, 1765

Excerpted from The Most Learned Woman in America by Anne Ousterhout: Emotionally exhausted and physically weakened from the relentless pregnancies and deaths [of her children] and her own illnesses, Ann Graeme had long anticipated and been preparing for death. As early as 1752, she had planned her funeral. She had woven her own burial linen, to save […]

21Apr
2012
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Happily Ever After? The Marriage of Elizabeth Graeme and Henry Hugh Fergusson

On December 7, 1771 Elizabeth’s friend Benjamin Rush brought a Scotsman named Henry Hugh Fergusson to one of her attic evenings. Well-educated and handsome, Henry did not own property, nor was he in a position to inherit any. This, and their age difference (he was 11 years younger than she) made him a bad match […]

16Mar
2012
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Six Degrees of Doctor Graeme: Did Your Ancestors Immigrate through the Port of Philadelphia?

Did your ancestors immigrate through the Port of Philadelphia in the 1700s? If so, they may have crossed paths with Dr. Graeme! As both a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1731 through at least 1750, and the Port Physician for the Port of Philadelphia from 1727-1741, Dr. Graeme encountered thousands of immigrants. As […]

12Jan
2012
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The Graeme Park Story Behind Edward Lamson Henry’s Painting, “Drafting the Letter”

Edward Lamson Henry painted “Drafting the Letter,” the painting in the photo at left, in 1871. You may recognize certain elements in the room as being similar to the master bedroom in the Keith House at Graeme Park.   In fact it is based on this room – Henry painted what was called “historic fiction,” so […]

07Jan
2012
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EGFHopkinson

The Sweetheart of Graeme Park: Elizabeth’s Loves, Losses, and Heartbreak

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson led a life of wealth and privilege, romance and intrigue, heartbreak, poverty and sorrow. She was the youngest child of the prominent and wealthy Dr. Thomas Graeme and his wife, Ann Diggs Graeme, and the step-granddaughter of Sir William Keith, Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania. She spent her summers at idyllic Graeme Park […]

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