A Brief History of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: From Farmland to Suburb

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Revolutionary War historians know Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, as the site where George Washington successfully repelled the British before moving on to Valley Forge. The Fort Washington of that day featured a landscape dominated by farmland, but the beauty of the area and its proximity to burgeoning Philadelphia ensured that it would not remain rural for long. Less than a hundred years after the crack of Patriot muskets reverberated through Fort Washington, the area grew into a thriving summer resort, and was well on its way to becoming an early Philadelphia suburb. As a playground for elite Philadelphians before the end of the nineteenth century, Fort Washington became the location for lavish summer homes and year-round estates. The popularity of the area continued to increase, and soon a thriving middle class developed, changing the face of Fort Washington and producing dozens of grand Victorian homes that survive to this day. A Brief History of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: From Farmland to Suburb, by local historians Lewis and Trudy Keen tells the story of Fort Washington that few know. Drawing on a wealth of original documents, this look at Fort Washington's colorful past provides an accessible account of the people, events, homes and businesses that have made this area of Pennsylvania a prosperous and vibrant community.
ISBN: 9781596291270
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Brief History
Images: 184
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.875 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Husband and wife author team Trudy and Lewis Keen are retired history teachers in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Keens are a driving force in the history community of Fort Washington, and have published a number of articles about the area's past. This is their second book.
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