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Greenwood Estate at Rush Farm

It has taken me a while but I finally got over to the Rush house to get some current pictures to compare with what we had posted in January of 2009.  I just wanted to show how much has changed.  Interior shots are courtesy of Joe Menkevich.  Click on the small picture and you will get a popup with the larger version.  You can see there is still work to be done but the house appears to be essentially complete.  You can see that the iron work that spanned the front gate has been removed.  I hope it is out being restored.  It was unique.  The grounds are neat and tidy now although I didn’t walk all around the property.  It is actually so different now that I lost my landmark for W.C. Fields parents whose grave I stumbled over by accident when I first went in there.

There are more pictures on their web site.  Take a look via this link.


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Greenwood Estates at Rush Farm

Tom Waring of the Northeast Times has a report on the dedication of the restored house on the property of the Greenwood Cemetery.  No hard feelings that they did not invite us to the big event that took place back on June 10th.   We’ll get over there in a few weeks and do a before and after of the pictures we took in 2009.  There is a lot of great history in that house.

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Greenwood Estate at Rush Farm

Sometime, things do work out.  What has been a long campaign waged by several neighborhood groups is showing some real results.  The groundbreaking for the reconstruction of the Greenwood Estate at Rush Farm was held on Friday, April 30th.  It was a beautiful day and a good crowd of the folks who made it all possible was on hand.

The house, located on property once owned by Founding Father Dr. Benjamin Rush, was recently named Greenwood Estate at Rush Farm. Speakers at the event include Cornel Williams, Manager, Philadelphia Healthcare Properties, Inc., Michelle Mardenborough, President, Greenwood Cemetery, Joanne Clare, Chief Director, Friends of Greenwood, and Barry Howell, President of Northwood Civic Association.

Participating elected officials included State Reps. Anthony Payton and John Taylor, along with City Councilman Daryl Clarke. They were joined by special guest 90-year-old Betty Ewart, who lived in the cemetery caretaker’s house as a young girl, and community leaders, the new cemetery owners and preservation team members. They all worked together in an unprecedented effort to save this beloved but neglected 19th century residence from the wrecker’s ball.

Below you can see a short video of the ceremony and an exclusive look inside the first floor of the house.

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Historic Greenwood Estate at Rush Farm

If you have time on Friday, don’t forget the groundbreaking for the restoration of this old house.  As a result of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America involvement, the Knights of Pythias/Greenwood Cemetery is seeing some long overdue, monumental changes.  The ceremony will be on Friday April 30th at 10:00 AM.

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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Frankford Garden Club Meeting
    When – Tue, April 27, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Where –  Wissinoming Recreation Facility (map)
    Description – we need to iron out Plant Sale plans and plan more trips! Bring your ideas and a bite to eat. Coffee and tea provided by Nancy.
  • Groundbreaking of the restoration of the historic house at Greenwood Cemetery
    When – Fri, April 30, 10am – 11am
    Where – Greenwood Cemetery – Adams Avenue (map)
  • Frankford Special Services District Board Meeting
    When – Mon, May 3, 8:30am – 9:30am
    Where – St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Ave, Griscom Street entrance. (map)
    Description – Open to the public.
  • Rachael Ray Shines on Frankford High
    When – Mon, May 3, 10am – 11am
    Where – TV ABC (map)
    Description – Rachael Ray show comes to Frankford.
  • PSA 1 meeting
    When – Tue, May 4, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – Aria Health, Frankford and Dyre Streets, second floor conference room (map)
    Description – Patrol Sector Area 1 – bring your crime issues directly to the 15th district captain.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting
    When – Thu, May 6, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – Frankford Hospital – 2nd floor conference room (map)
  • Frankford Garden Club Annual Day-Before-Mother’s Day Plant Sale
    When – Sat, May 8, 9am – 10am
    Where – In Front of the Frankford Library, corner of Frankford Ave and Overington St (map)
    Description – We will have “Growing from Seed” Workshop at the Sale and at the Park VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • LOVE Your Park Day in Overington Park Planting, Mulching Flower Beds and “Growing From Seeds” Workshop
    When – Sat, May 8, 12pm – 3pm
    Where – Overington Park (map)
    Description – LOVE Your Park Day in Overington Park Planting, Mulching Flower Beds and “Growing From Seeds” Workshop
  • Historical Society of Frankford program
    When – Tue, May 11, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – FRANKFORD’s “SLOW FOOD” EFFORTS and LEGACY HSF Collections and Frankford Friends School Students HSF’s 2010 exhibit features aspects of food in Frankford and the Northeast. Frankford Friends School students have been researching food, urban farming (such as Kensington’s Greensgrow Farms — national leader in urban farming), and other aspects of slow food. View HSF’s display of historic food use, preparation, and storage items.
  • Happy Birthday Frankford High Open House
    When – Sat, May 15, 10am – 3pm
    Where – Frankford High, Oxford Ave. & Wakeling St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Join us for a full day of fun, food and reminiscing!! FHS students, staff and alumni are invited Be a part of the fun! Tours of the Building Memorabilia rooms Gathering spaces for clubs, teams, and music groups Frankford Souvenirs Tickets will be on sale for the 100th Anniversary Banquet November 26th Current
  • Italian Style Family Dinner
    When – Sat, May 15, 4:30pm – 8:00pm
    Where – St. Joachim’s Church, 1527 Church Street, Phila., PA 19124 (map)
    Description – MARK YOUR CALENDAR Every Third Wednesday from September thru May Italian Style Family Dinner The Dinners will be served from 4:30 PM to 8 PM in Fitzmaurice Hall Take-out will be available. COST: $8.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children. Come Join us!
    When – Sun, May 16, 10am – 3pm
    Where – Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – ANTIQUE (and COLLECTIBLE) APPRAISAL FAIR Annual fundraiser. Have your cherished items appraised by local appraiser/auctioneer Barry S Slosberg. Who knows — you may have a priceless treasure just waiting to be discovered! Cost: $8 per item; maximum 3 items per person.