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Private Robert McCullough’s Unruly Break From The Union Army

Robert McCullough was a 21-year old private in the 1st Delaware Infantry when he received furlough in February of 1864. This was probably welcome news as he’d already survived being shot in the hip and head at Antietam (which was in 1862). After recovering from his wounds, Robert had re-enlisted in the Union Army. In early February, he and a friend were relaxing on their temporary leave at...

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Bad Behavior

The History Behind This Dangerous Motorcycle Gang’s Unlikely Former Headquarters

This mansion is actually being saved (hooray!) and converted into a hotel but because they are currently working on it, I was only able to sneak around the back of the house for a few photos. I’ve included photos of the inside from the newspaper and Chester County Ramblings so we can peek in there too. It was a strange place to build an elaborate mansion. Around dairy and grain farmers, school...

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Accidents

The Other Unfortunate House of the Rising Sun

Originally known as the Rising Sun area, Breck’s Mill (the stone mill below), a cotton mill, was built by William Breck for his new wife Gabrielle Josephine du Pont in 1813…. And then rebuilt in 1846 after a fire. After the mill closed in 1854, it was used as a recreation center and dance hall, and sometimes for concerts given by Alfred I. du Pont’s band the Tankopanicum Musical Club...

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Nostalgia

The First Woman To Cross America in a Car: Marie Selby

Marie was born in West Virginia in 1885 but when she was a young girl, the family moved to Ohio. While at Marietta College, her father invented parts for oil drilling equipment and made his fortune. Marie became an accomplished pianist and while completing her studies she met her father’s partner in the Selby Oil and Gas Company – Bill Selby. They were married in 1908. Like the rest of the...

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