Graeme Park

Graeme Park The only surviving residence of one of Pennsylvania's colonial-era governors.
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42-acre park with the historic Keith House, nature trails, picnic tables, a pond, a stream and abundant wildlife.

Today's puzzle is the Keith House and pond. It is a man-made pond, created by damming Park Creek, that we think dates to...
06/18/2020
The Keith House at Graeme Park - jigsaw puzzle (96 pieces)

Today's puzzle is the Keith House and pond. It is a man-made pond, created by damming Park Creek, that we think dates to around the mid-1800s when the Penrose family owned the property. For vertical puzzles, remember it is easier to see if you click the little box at the bottom right to enlarge to full screen.

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Explore the children's dormitory in the Keith House via today's jigsaw puzzle. The Graeme children would have slept, pla...
06/13/2020
Children's Room - jigsaw puzzle (99 pieces)

Explore the children's dormitory in the Keith House via today's jigsaw puzzle. The Graeme children would have slept, played, and done their studies in this space.

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

The Friends of Graeme Park are saddened to learn of the death of one of our longtime volunteers and most dedicated suppo...
06/04/2020

The Friends of Graeme Park are saddened to learn of the death of one of our longtime volunteers and most dedicated supporters, Jack Washington. Jack served as the Vice President on our Board of Directors, conducted school tours, participated in costumed reenactments and Living History events, knew the history of Graeme Park and Board policies and procedures inside and out, and was always a positive and enthusiastic presence here. Our deepest condolences to his wife Mary, the Washington family, and friends and associates in the many other civic-minded communities in which Jack was involved. We'll miss you Jack.

Saw this pair of ladies in the field along the driveway yesterday. I spooked them, and who knew turkeys could run so fas...
05/30/2020

Saw this pair of ladies in the field along the driveway yesterday. I spooked them, and who knew turkeys could run so fast?!? I was seeing the Tom by the businesses on Keith Valley Road a few months ago.

05/29/2020
Lynn

Thanks for sharing Lynn! We can't wait until we can start entertaining visitors again either. Elizabeth must be getting lonely.

The Tapestry dancers performing "The Hole in the Wall"
We were hoping to dance again for your visitors in June, but this video clip may tide you over till we can kick up our heels at Graeme Park once again.

More chalk art! Love it!
05/29/2020

More chalk art! Love it!

05/29/2020

Graeme Park, a property of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), remains closed to the public. As part of the Commonwealth’s network, Graeme Park will reopen at the direction of the Governor’s administration.

The latest information we have is that we will not be opening until several weeks after Montgomery County reaches the Green Phase of the Governor's three-tiered reopening system.

Inspired by Natalia's sweet note last weekend, we left some chalk out and got more art!
05/22/2020

Inspired by Natalia's sweet note last weekend, we left some chalk out and got more art!

And boom, we know all of Henry's family members. This is from a Fergusson family genealogy book I found online called "R...
05/16/2020

And boom, we know all of Henry's family members. This is from a Fergusson family genealogy book I found online called "Records of the Name and Clan of Fergusson, Ferguson, and Fergus."

We got this sweet note in our parking lot today. Along with "We
05/15/2020

We got this sweet note in our parking lot today. Along with "We

05/14/2020

We have Henry's Will and we're spilling the tea! Our researcher in Scotland turned up Henry's will this week and it is 26 (small) handwritten pages of goodness! (read the comment thread for the rest)

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms out there! While Elizabeth Graeme was not a mother, she helped raise her niece and...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms out there! While Elizabeth Graeme was not a mother, she helped raise her niece and nephew after her sister's passing and was a mother figure to them.

EXCITING NEWS!!! We've been contacted by a researcher in Scotland who's been working on Henry Hugh Fergusson. He's provi...
04/26/2020

EXCITING NEWS!!! We've been contacted by a researcher in Scotland who's been working on Henry Hugh Fergusson. He's provided us with a picture of his tombstone and a transcription of the inscription, which was made back in 1997 when it was less deteriorated. It reads:

“Here is interred HUGH FERGUSSON Esq. Formerly of Graeme Park in Philadelphia and a Justice of the Peace for that County and latterly Barrick Master of Ayr d 20 Nov 1819 in the 71 yr of his age….. Was the second son of Rev ROBERT FERGUSSON of Castlehill” More to come.

Henry has been lost to us since leaving America after the Revolutionary War - at the end of her life, Elizabeth did not know if he was alive or dead. Oh Betsy, we have so much to catch you up on - perhaps now you'll be able to rest.

It's a bit rainy to go "heart hunting" today. Here is one of our #HorshamHeartsForHope. Can you identify where it is?
04/26/2020

It's a bit rainy to go "heart hunting" today. Here is one of our #HorshamHeartsForHope. Can you identify where it is?

Graeme Park is participating in #HorshamHeartsForHope. We've "hidden" 10 hearts for you to look for while you walk aroun...
04/25/2020

Graeme Park is participating in #HorshamHeartsForHope. We've "hidden" 10 hearts for you to look for while you walk around the property (practicing proper social distancing of course). Please use #HorshamHeartsForHope if you find and post them. Look for hearts all around Horsham Township thru 4/30 too and put up your own for your neighbors to see.

Here is another great old photo of the barn at Graeme Park. Photographed by Frank Cousins between 1865-1914 and held by ...
04/19/2020

Here is another great old photo of the barn at Graeme Park. Photographed by Frank Cousins between 1865-1914 and held by the Peabody-Essex Museum in MA. Love the old tree stump!

April is National Volunteer Month, so even though our volunteers haven't been able to volunteer since mid-March, we know...
04/18/2020

April is National Volunteer Month, so even though our volunteers haven't been able to volunteer since mid-March, we know they miss being here and can't wait until we're up and running again with tours and summer Living History days! Hope to see everyone soon.

The Keith House office through time. 1. Frank Cousins photo c. 1921. 2. 1964.  3. Post 1986 (when Elizabeth's portrait w...
04/10/2020

The Keith House office through time. 1. Frank Cousins photo c. 1921. 2. 1964. 3. Post 1986 (when Elizabeth's portrait was acquired) and pre-restoration of paneling and closet. The wallpaper is based on fragments of wallpaper that was removed in the 1960s or 1970s. 4. Jack Boucher photo from the 2000 HABS project, which is pretty much what it looks like today.

Whitemarsh Township's Parks & Recreation Department has put together a resource guide with links to all kinds of recreat...
04/04/2020
In-Home Recreation | Whitemarsh Township, PA - Official Website

Whitemarsh Township's Parks & Recreation Department has put together a resource guide with links to all kinds of recreational activities you can take advantage of while at home - there are categories for arts & crafts, the environment & nature, exercise & fitness, performing arts, and virtual fieldtrips. Check it out and let us know your favorites - https://www.whitemarshtwp.org/503/In-Home-Recreation

The Whitemarsh Township Parks & Recreation Department is diligently working on additional recreational and leisure opportunities for residents, that will respect social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines, and will include resources for on-line programs (facebook live, webinars, etc.), and....

UPDATE: The PHMC and Graeme Park want to ensure that everyone remains safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Graeme Park wil...
03/26/2020
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UPDATE: The PHMC and Graeme Park want to ensure that everyone remains safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Graeme Park will be closed until further notice and all events, group and school tours, and rentals through the end of April are canceled. The Friends of Graeme Park will be evaluating programming options and rescheduling what and when we can. Please check our website at www.graemepark.org for updates. We'll be in and out to check voice mails and emails.

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Since you can't tour the Keith House right now, here are a few still lifes in the Master Bedroom of the Keith House.
03/14/2020

Since you can't tour the Keith House right now, here are a few still lifes in the Master Bedroom of the Keith House.

While Graeme Park is closed and local residents are hunkered down, maybe you'd like to read about Elizabeth Graeme's lif...
03/14/2020
The Power to Deny: A Woman of the Revolution Novel

While Graeme Park is closed and local residents are hunkered down, maybe you'd like to read about Elizabeth Graeme's life in a new historical novel by local author Wendy Long Stanley - https://www.amazon.com/Power-Deny-Woman-Revolution-Novel-ebook/dp/B081XBWHY9/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+power+to+deny&qid=1584206110&sr=8-1

Young and brilliant poet Elizabeth Graeme comes of age in colonial Philadelphia bearing an exceptional talent for writing and an unwillingness to be like all the other young women around her. After a successful trip to England and an audience with the king, the sudden death of her mother and two ...

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859 County Line Rd
Horsham, PA
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Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(215) 343-0965

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Graeme Park

Graeme Park is a 42-acre park which features the historic Keith House, nature trails, picnic tables, a pond, a stream and abundant wildlife. The Keith House, built c. 1722, is a National Historic Landmark and the only surviving home of one of Pennsylvania’s colonial era governors, Sir William Keith. The interior, upgraded by the second owner, Dr. Thomas Graeme, features original paint, paneling and other architectural features dating from the mid-1700s. The residence was also home to the writer, Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, whose husband’s loyalties during the American Revolution would cause her great pain, suffering, and loss, but would also demonstrate her strength, intelligence, and resilience. Tours of the residence are offered Fridays - Saturday 10 am - 3 pm and Sundays 12 noon - 3 pm.

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The Tapestry dancers performing "The Hole in the Wall" We were hoping to dance again for your visitors in June, but this video clip may tide you over till we can kick up our heels at Graeme Park once again.
Tapestry's dancers are currently "sitting this one out" - but we hope to be dancing at Graeme Park for Living History day in June!
Wonderful event! We had a Ball!
The Tapestry Historic Dancers are practicing - in partial costume - for the site's Colonial Christmas evening on Nov. 30th - and we'll look a lot more formal than this!! With those formal side hoops ladies have a totally new concept of "personal space".
Which paranormal group is running the Investigations?
By overwhelming demand, few more spots have been added to our Haunted Lantern Tours and Mini-Paranormal Investigations on October 18 & 25. Get them before they sell out!👻
Learn about the early history of paper money in the American colonies on 9/21 in Warminster! https://www.facebook.com/events/1314111985421392/
Revolutionary War Reenactment in Hartsville Bucks County on August 17th. See event page for more details! https://www.facebook.com/events/336827147233031/
Supposedly this is the Tapestry Historic Dancers at the Christmas in the Colonies Evening ---or--is it the 18th century ghosts dancing?
The Tapestry Dancers are looking forward to joining you all for a lovely evening!
Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble brought the dances of the colonial era to life at the Christmas in the Colonies evening.
Had a great time at Saturdays Event....