Past Events – October 2021

Sponsored by Other Organizations

Haunted Tales at Historic Waynesborough

46 PM on Sunday October 24, 2021

Is General Anthony Wayne still searching for his lost bones along a local byway? Is Priscilla "Prissy" Robinson still tidying up the rooms of the old Blue Ball Inn? And what about those troubled spirits that are said to haunt the campus of Cabrini College?.

Hear about these and other spooky happenings around the Main Line on Sunday, Oct. 24, during a candlelight tour at Historic Waynesborough in Paoli.

Tour guides will reveal ghostly secrets about a host of legendary locations, including those that lay hidden behind the walls of Historic Waynesborough, the lifelong home of celebrated Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne. After a tour through the manor house, gather around the fire pit for more history and tales.

Tour times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Stop by the craft table to paint a free pumpkin. Refreshments are included. Pay at the door. Admission is $5 for children, $10 for adults, $25 for groups of four. Historic Waynesborough is at 2049 Waynesborough Rd., Paoli, PA 19301. For information, visit or call 610-647-1779.

Images from Port Kennedy Grave Tales, King of Prussia Historical Society

Port Kennedy Grave Tales

Hosted by King of Prussia Historical Society
Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 58 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Port Kennedy
1084 Old Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Learn the history of the Upper Merion Village that has disappeared! You may even get to meet an apparition or two as you tour the cemetery and get to know the "residents" that helped shape the history of our area. Learn about the prehistoric Port Kennedy Bone Cave and the creatures that once walked where you stand! And learn about and see the silent movies that were filmed here at the nearby Betzwood Studios. Email for more information.

Bertha Jackmon describing the headstone of Sgt. Isaac Hall, U.S. Colored Troop (USCT)

Archaeological Research at Mt. Zion

The historic Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Devon, Pa. has been the site of some ongoing and noteworthy archaeological research conducted by Dr. Jason Herrmann of the Penn Museum's Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) along with his colleagues and students, and in collaboration with Bertha Jackmon, church historian and member of the Society's board of directors.

The most recent activity at the Mt. Zion cemetery, involving Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) a non-invasive technique ideal for locating buried materials, including unmarked graves, without disturbing sensitive remains was described in an article published on 30 September 2021 in the Main Line Times and Suburban and titled “Students from Penn Digital Archaeology course learn at a Devon African American Cemetery” (click on the link to view the article recommended reading!).

Archaeologist, Dr. Jason Herrman at Mt. Zion on January 9, 2021 during the first round of subsurface surveys. He is holding a magnetic gradiometer which measures the strength of the Earth's magnetic field as it is impacted by things around it.

This important work on documenting African American cemeteries in the greater Philadelphia area is done in collaboration with Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds (PAHG), an all-volunteer organization based in Steelton, Pa., whose mission is to preserve and raise awareness of Pennsylvania's African American cemeteries, and to honor the burial sites of Pennsylvania's United States Colored Troops (USCT), veterans of the African American regiments who fought in the American Civil War. PAHG supports the conservation and maintenance of cemetery properties, assists in building capacity of cemetery stewards, offers training and youth education, and interprets and honors the story of the USCT through commemorative events.

Upcoming Related Events

Initial results from the research project will be presented at the 2021 Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Annual Meeting, "Reclaiming African-American Cemeteries in your Community", to be held live via Zoom from 10 AM 3 PM ET on Saturday. October 23, 2021.

The program will include a keynote presentation by the new director of the Penn Museum, Dr. Christopher Woods, and the project presentation by Dr. Herrmann and intern Julia Byrnes. Other speakers will speak on advocacy, the role of archaeology and updates from African American cemetery stewards across the Commonwealth.

For more information and free registration, please view the press release, visit the Facebook event page Reclaiming African-American Cemeteries in your Community: PA Hallowed Grounds Annual Meeting 2021, or use the Eventbrite link to register and view the event agenda.

At another related virtual event sponsored by The State Museum of Pennsylvania, PAHG Chair Barbara Barksdale is scheduled to speak at 9:30 AM. The online event is titled “Hidden Stories: Uncovering African American History Through Archaeology and Community Engagement” and will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, 9 AM 5 PM ET. For more information and free registration, please visit the Workshop website.


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