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Hotchkin, Samuel F. The York Road, Old and New. Philadelphia: Binder & Kelly, 1892., p. 251,252,258

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Project name: Graeme Park

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Old York Rd
Horsham Township, Montgomery County, PA

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"(caption reads) This view of Graeme Park was copied from an old painting about 1775. Copied from original by Wm. J. Buck in 1854. The following sketch was written by the author of this volume for the Germantown Telegraph, Phila., May 27, 1885. In the beautiful undulating country which abounds in Eastern PA, in the township of Horsham...lies Graeme Park the ancient residence of Lieutenant-Governor Keith. As I rode by the antique mansion house...its seemed to be mourning its former grandeur, and having been deprived of the outbldgs. which formerly surrounded it, it naturally looked a little lonesome. Still the property has fallen into good hands & Mr. Abel Penrose, to whom it has descended through his father, has placed a new roof on the bldgs. & kept it in fair repair, so that this historical spirit has preserved...The bunch of keys which guarded stores is brought forward; they are attached to a hook to suspend them to a girdle, & Lady Keith may have constantly worn them, as in her short residence at this place she dispensed her provisions to her household slaves...But of much greater interest is the bill of transfer, filled w/special items, which marks the passage of the property from the hands of Governor Keith into those of Thomas Graeme and Thomas Soher for the consideration of (British pound sign) 500. Some human goods are noted...(a list of slaves transferred with house follows). Silver plate abounded (list of silver, linens & furnishing follows)...the old mansion, w/its hipped roof, which is close at hand. The fish pond is passed where Lady Fergusson used to feed the finny tribe. The fine chimneys of the house are worthy of notice, and have been kept in repair. The long narrow windows of the reddish stone bldg. have an ancient look...The approach at present is to the rear of the bldg. As the remains of one side of the jail wall are visible from the house, let us hurry...


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