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Baldwin’s Book Barn > BookBarn.com
Let’s get one thing straight — this “store” isn’t some commercial box with a catchy alliterative name. This place is old-school. Like from 1822. It used to be an actual barn, but now its five floors are filled with almost 300,000 used books, manuscripts, maps and more. With its stone walls, cozy nooks and charming wood-burning stove, a leisurely visit here is sure to activate all of your senses and make even the most inexperienced bibliophile feel positively bookish. It’s great for a quiet morning alone and even better as part of an intimate afternoon date — giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “book lovers.”
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Delaware County Veterans Memorial
> DelcoVeteransMemorial.org
“Lest We Forget” is the theme of the Delaware County
Veterans Memorial, built
in 2013 to pay tribute to
the service and sacrifices
of local service men and
women. The large circular
structure, featuring quotes
from presidents, generals
and local veterans, is
an obvious choice for a
Memorial Day visit — an inspirational location to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy as a result of the selfless dedication of our family members, friends and neighbors who agree to serve. If by chance you don’t find yourself in Newtown Square that last weekend in May (going down the shore, perhaps?), then mark the occasion by visiting the Memorial’s website to send an electronic message to a random soldier serving in the branch of your choice — they certainly deserve our thanks.
    MILITARY ROOM  COOKING ROOM
    “SECRET” QUAKER
RARE BOOK ROOM (YOU HAVE TO ASK TO SEE THIS ONE!)
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HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENTS
LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATIONS
SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS
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Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation > ColonialPlantation.org
Here in Delco, the 1700s weren’t all cobblestone streets and quill pens like in Philadelphia. The daily work of a rural Pennsylvania farmer was as much the source of American resourcefulness, ingenuity and perseverance as the Declaration of Independence. These were the people who were determined to see the land of the free succeed,
fought to put food on the colo- nists’ tables and struggled to pay King George’s taxes. The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation (located within Ridley Creek State Park) is an 18th-century working Pennsylvania farm just the like the ones back then. A visit here is educational
and interactive and gives a whole new meaning to the term “farm
to table.”
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Christian C. Sanderson Museum
> SandersonMuseum.org
Now this is a place for a scavenger hunt! This museum is made
up of a crazy collection (we mean that in a good way) of local Renaissance man Christian C. Sanderson. The items are authentic, used everyday objects that made up the fabric of the American experience. For example, there is a tiny change purse that Jenny Wade had in her pocket apron when she became the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. There’s an antique barbershop sign, which is cool,
but it becomes even more amazing when you find out that it was painted by N.C. Wyeth. There’s a book from Benjamin Franklin’s personal library and an insane autograph collection that includes autographs from Indian Chief Sitting Bull, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. And while this may not be one of the fanciest museums ever, we think it’s one of the most fun.
AUTOGRAPHS FROM SEVERAL PRESIDENTS AND HISTORICAL FIGURES
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE N.C. WYETH FAMILY
ARTIFACTS FROM THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, AMERICAN
CIVIL WAR, WWI AND WWII.
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