Grand Army of the Republic Ruan House

In the Bulletin Friday was a nice story by Tom Nickels about the Ruan House which he titled “Inside the Grand Army of the Republic Museumimg_2541editand an editor headlined “Memorial to Civil War Oddities”.  I know Tom would not have used that phrase.  But for those who do not know about this unique place in Frankford, it is a good introduction.  From this picture that I took today, the structure itself has never looked better.  You can find their web site on our Frankford Resources page or go to it directly via this link.

  • Jim

    I came here once for a field trip from St Joachim’s. The guy gave us some kinda bread that was a recreation of civil war field rations. It was really neat.

  • Warren

    Isn’t that bread hard as a rock? I forget the name they gave it but it’s supposed to last forever.

    Wasn’t this building the residence of S Brooke in the mid 1800s as shown in this map?
    http://www.philageohistory.org/rdic-images/view-image.cfm/dripps

    Warren

  • Gil

    Hardtack doesn’t sound too appetizing

  • Jim

    Many years have passed since I’ve eaten that thing but it’s drywall taste still stays with me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardtack

    I actually thought that house had been the Wamrath Mansion, I guess I was wrong. Was there ever such a thing?

  • crazymommy

    What jewels we have in the GAR and the Frankford Historical Society and what well kept secrets they are. The underground slave railway also had a stop here at Campbell church where the first black childrens school in america was guess where? In Frankford. And got to love tha Friends meeting house #1 too. And the “new one” on Orthodox Street too. How rich our history is in this little area. Why did we ever join up with the rest of Philadelphia anyway?