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Hotchkin, Samuel F. The York Road, Old and New. Philadelphia: Binder & Kelly, 1892., p. 374

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Project name: Old Parry House

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Germantown near York Rd.

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"As viewed from the outside this mansion presents a most quiet & dignified appearance, in keeping with/family for whom it was built; the quaint & handsome carved stone ornamentations over the windows, small window panes, pointed corners, and hoods, betoken its age & are charmingly attractive. Over the front door remains the ancient bonnet or hood of our forefather's day, beneath which is the massive old lock & huge iron hinges which stretch across the whole width. This door opens into a wide wainscoted & paneled hall, running through the middle room & the parlor or sitting room on the other; in these rooms, are yet preserved (in daily use), the corner cupboards of 100 years ago. The upper floors are approached by low broad steps & half way up the stairs on the landing, stands in one corner-relic of a past age-the 8 day clock, which has ticked in & out the lives of so many of the family; and still showing upon its face, the moon in all its phases. 5 bed chambers, most of them communicating, upon the second floor, open over the house, both in the main bldg. & wing, are secured for the most part by long wooden bars, stretching across & fitting into the deep window frames. In most of these rooms may be seen great open mouthed chimneys & fireplaces, the brick floors of which are painted in bright tile colors. Immense closets w/brass door knows, in 1 of these chambers fill up entirely one end of the room, taking several feet off its length; but compensating by the additional convenience afforded the family. The rooms & halls of this old mansion, contain much valued, ancient furniture, belonging to the family for several generations, much of it being cared in solid walnut & mahogany woods. Like the Potts house at Valley Forge there is in 1 of the rooms on the first story a trap door in the floor leading to the cellar which was used as a wine cellar but may possible have been intended in earlier times as a means to escape from sudden danger.


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