Lemon Hill and pre-Civil War Fairmount Park

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Lemon Hill and pre-Civil War Fairmount Park

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2018, 5:00pm to 7:30pm  Raindate: Wednesday, July 11th – Evening Tour

 

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Information and reservations: Friends of Philadelphia Parks, on-line at www.philaparks.org or 215-879-8159. Meeting place: Outdoor tables in front of the Cosmic Café at Lloyd Hall on Kelly Drive.  Terrain and Difficulty: Walkways and park paths — rated easy. Wear good walking shoes, dress comfortably, and bring snacks to eat along the way. Trip fee does not include the cost of the optional dinner. Total limit: 30 participants – Sign-up deadline July 9th, 5pm).

Fairmount Park’s huge acreage was acquired in stages along the Schuylkill River. Join Bob Thomas for the Alliance’s walking exploration of some of the oldest parts of the park, all acquired before the Civil War. We’ll make a special visit to the grounds of Lemon Hill, then to a sweeping view over the Schuylkill, and then to some of the park’s original winding roads laid out in the 1850’s. We’ll see and then learn about the significance of the Fairmount Water Works and its garden and will have the opportunity to view the new bridge now under construction to an island in the River. Following the tour, we’ll conclude with an optional dinner nearby, discussing important past successes in restoring many elements of the Park, and the model they represent for our future enjoyment and enhancement of its resources.  Over dinner we’ll also have a chance to see some historic photographs of the areas we will have just visited.