BARTLETT & FRENCH STEREOVIEW WISSAHICKON HALL FAIRMOUNT PARK PHILADELPHIA, PA. For Sale
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BARTLETT & FRENCH STEREOVIEW WISSAHICKON HALL FAIRMOUNT PARK PHILADELPHIA, PA.:
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- Offered for sale is an early stereoview Published by Bartlett & French, Philadelphia, Pa. The stereoview is titled as follows----
NO. 38 WISSAHICKON HALL, FAIRMOUNT PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PA --
Below additional information on Wissahickon Creek and Wissahickon Hall with the creek in front of it in the scene.
Wissahickon Creekis atributaryof theSchuylkill theUnited States.
Wissahickon Creek rises in Montgomery County, runs approximately 23miles (37km) passing through and dividingNorthwest Philadelphiabefore emptying into the Schuylkill River atPhiladelphia. Its watershed covers about 64 square miles (170km2).
Much of the creek now runs through or next to parkland, with the last few miles running through a deep gorge. The beauty of this area attracted the attention of literary personages likeEdgar Allan PoeandJohn Greenleaf Whittier. The gorge area is now part of theFairmount Parksystem in Philadelphia, and the Wissahickon Valley is known as one of 600National Natural Landmarksof the United States.
The name of the creek comes from theLenape wordwiessahitkonk, for "catfish creek" or "stream of yellowish color". On the earliest map of this region of Pennsylvania, byThomas Holme, the stream is calledWhitpaine's creek, after one of the original settlers Richard Whitpaine, who owned several large tracts on the creek. Whitpaine was an early land owner in the days ofWilliam Penn.
Industry sprang up along the Wissahickon not long after European settlement, with America's first paper mill set up on one of the Wissahickon's tributaries. A few of the dams built for the mills remain visible today.
Wissahickon Hall:Built by Henry Lippen between 1849-50, Wissahickon Hall was an elegant Inn that catered to the park’s wealthier patrons. Sleigh and carriage parties regularly arrived for meals and merriment. It featured a cable ferry that would pull patrons across the creek for 5 cents. It went out of business after the Fairmount Park Commission established the park and prohibited the serving of alcohol. The building still remains at the corner of Gypsy Lane and Lincoln drive, and was extensively repaired by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). For many years it served as headquarters for the 92nd police district. Most recently, Wissahickon Hall has housed the offices of the Fairmount arborists. The information on the Hall came from an article by Sarah West titled "How much do you know about the seven Historic Wissahickon Road Houses.
I will accept PAYPAL. Items will be shipped first class mail usually next day after payment of Paypal, packaging and mail $3.45. I will combine shipping 1 to 3 views $3.45, 3 to 6 views $5.35 and over 6 no additional postage or shipping charge.
I will ship internationally, payment must be in US funds, Paypal. I will ship world wide International first Class Mail 1 stereoview for $11.55 and will combine ship. This increase is due to the new postal service rates.