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Merion
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History
Festival






Saturday May 20, 2017
10am – 3pm RAIN OR SHINE



Merion Friends Meetinghouse



Meeting House Tours

See inside the region’s oldest Quaker Meeting House, built in 1695. Hear how Welsh settlers chose and constructed the meetinghouse and how preservation continues today.
Merion Friends Meeting Burying Ground



Burying Ground Tours

Visit Merion Friends Meeting's historic burying ground and hear how our oldest cherry trees came to be donated to our meeting by the Japanese government.
Lucretia Mott, Quaker
                    abolitionist and women's right advocate



Historical Re-enactors

Hear the stories of Underground Railroad Agent William Still, abolitionist and suffragette Lucretia Mott, and others. How many locals were slavery sympathizers or not? Were Quakers really pacificists? Is there any truth to the legend of a witch being buried in Merion?
Horse-drawn carriage



Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Experience 1850s-style transportation on the Great Conestoga Road -- now known as Montgomery Avenue -- for a small fee.
1840s American cuisine



Antebellum Foods

Handcrafted hot and cold dishes of the 1800s will be available for sale.
Quilt square showing
                    silhouette of 1840s Quaker family



Textile Display

Quilts and their significance to the period will be presented, as well as clothing styles from the time.
19th century children's
                    toys



Games and Crafts for Children

Young people will enjoy the “game of graces”, rolling a hoop, making a bonnet from paper, and other diversions from the 1850s.  Learn how children entertained themselves without screens.
cut paper silhouette
                    portrait



Silhouette Cutting

Before selfies and the instax camera, there were silhouette artisans. Capture your loved ones with this timeless craft. 
Blacksmith hammering iron
                    tool



Blacksmith Demonstration

Watch a blacksmith ply his trade and artistry, just as would have occurred daily at the General Wayne Smithy across the way (now the Krinsky Camp complex). 






... and more!





OUR PARTNERS:


Merion Friends Meeting

Lower Merion Historical Society

Lower Merion Conservancy

Harriton Plantation of Bryn Mawr

Lower Merion Society for the Detection and Prosecution of Horse Thieves

Township of Lower Merion

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting



                        

                                                                                                    



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