Sunday, October 4, 2009

More Philly and The Wentz Farmstead

While visiting Greg and Jenny's new digs we took a 10 minute walk to Greensgrow Market. I had seen a story about this on CBS Sunday Morning sometime last year. In summary, Greensgrow is an urban agriculture farm and market on a once vacant one acre lot in an inner city neighborhood near the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. You can learn more about it here Link

On our last day in the Philadelphia area we visited the Peter Wentz Farmstead with Aunt Josie and Uncle Willy. In 1777 the Wentz farm served as headquarters for George Washington when he planned his strategy to keep the British forces from occupying Philadelphia.

Greensgrow street corner

Inside Greensgrow

Unlike the wood barns in New England the 18th and 19th century barns here in Pennsylvania are all built with stone. The Wentz barn is exceptionally well built. Though I have looked I haven't seen an outhouse yet. The expression "built like a brick sh*t house" had to have come from this area.

The Wentz house and garden

A nice old snake fence on the farm

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