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Graeme Park Open House
March 13, 2012, 7:28 AM
Filed under: Fun on a budget

On Sunday, my husband and I spent the afternoon exploring the treasure that is Graeme Park.  For those of you who don’t know  Graeme Park is the historical home and  42-acre historic park, featuring the Keith House, the only surviving residence of a Colonial Pennsylvania Governor. The mansion has remained virtually intact since the late 18th century. A visit to Graeme Park is nature trails, a picnic lunch, and a visit with the politicians, physicians, patriots, loyalists, poets, and writers who frequented the Keith House.  On this day we chose to take advantage of the free tour in the celebration of Charter Day.

On this day the sun was shinning and the birds were chirping and the geese meandering between the trees and the pond as we drove up the path to the Graeme’s homestead.  As we approached the parking area and left behind the traffic.  The sun warmed our back and faces when we stepped from the car the air smelled sweeter like spring.  We were greeted by the sounds of children playing and some mouse-chasing cats playing in the hay near the barn.

As we strolled up to the house, a volunteer greeted us and explained that we should check in at the gift shop so we could gain entrance to the house.  With ticket in hand we were directed to the summer kitchen.  There yet another volunteer educated us on the uses of the items and how the Graeme’s used the summer kitchen.  From there we entered the home and in each room were greeted by a different volunteer who told us about the room and it’s uses as well as the changes that had occurred over the years.  You could clearly see that they truly love this place.  Their passion is reflected in the countenance of their faces.  We were told it has been very tough keeping the property up since the new state and federal budgets were trimmed.   Most of these folks volunteer as docents and double as caretakers.  One such gentleman cuts the grass on this 42 acre property!

They have lots have fun events throughout the year so check it out and join the fun! We did.  It was like stepping back in time.  We were also informed that the docents are usually in costume and give tours as a living history.  This is interactive and great way for kids to ask questions and participate in local history.

Hours of Operation:       Friday-Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Last tour at 3:00pm)

Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm (Last tour at 3:00pm)
Free to visit the grounds. Fee charged for tour of Keith House.

World War II Weekend

Saturday, May 5, 2012 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday, May 6, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm   Admission $10/Saturday, $6/Sunday. Free for WWII Vets.

July –21 Celtic Festival-This event is very popular and gets quite crowded.  Fun, food, and music.

August –26 Yellow Fever Living History

Late Summer— Shakespeare in the Park

September–19 Home School Day

                  –22 Dog Faire

 

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