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Germantown Flea at Grumblethorpe


  Photo: Flag is raised!! Gates open at 10am on Saturday; can't wait to see you there!!
Please come out and join us for our second flea market of the season on Saturday, September 6th from 10am-4pm.

Browse among over a dozen vendors; tour the gardens; have lunch at the Smokin' Taco food truck; come out and enjoy your community!! More information on Germantown Flea is available at:

Spaces are still available for interested vendors. Spaces are $15 each-- fees collected support Grumblethorpe's Education Program and Garden Fund. Contact me by phone or email for more info. We hope to see you this Saturday! Spread the word!



Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe -- Saturday, October 4th




Ghosts of the Mansion Tours at Powel and Physick with the
Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

Push aside the cobwebs of haunted Philadelphia
and step inside a haunted Society Hill mansion for
ghostly tales of mystery and intrigue!

This special Ghost Tour begins outside, with visits
to the Strangers Burial Ground and other haunted
hotspots, and ends with a tour of either the Powel
House or the Physick House, colonial-era
mansions in Society Hill. Both sites are said to be
haunted, with strange and unexplainable
experiences reported for over 70 years.

This 90 minute walking tour includes the use of
basic EMF meters (electromagnetic field meters)
for the curious ghost hunter.

To Purchase tickets for any of the following dates, please click here

Sat, Sept 6
@ Powel
Sat, Oct 4@ Powel
Fri, Oct 17 @ Powel
Sat, Oct 18 @ Physick
Fri, Oct 24 @ Physick
Thur, Oct 30 @ Physick
Fri, Oct 31 @ Physick
Sat, Nov 1 @ Physick

Wine and Beer Tasting to Benefit the Restore our Roof Campaign at the Physick House

2nd Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Party at Physick House

Date: Thursday, October 9
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Physick House, 321 South 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tickets: $30/person in advance and $35/person at the door.
To buy tickets call  215-925-2251. Press 1 for admin, then 5 for Jorja. Visa, MC, and Amex are accepted. Or to buy tickets online click here

There will be a light buffet, live music, and a raffle. Meet old friends and make new ones!
All proceeds dedicated to our "Restore Our Roof" Fundraising Campaign. 50% of admission is tax deductible.  

Tempesta di Mare-Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
at the Physick House


Sunday, October 12

Ticketing info coming soon


The Mechanical Theatre at the Powel House

We are The Mechanical Theatre, a Philadelphia-based collection of theatre artists who specialize in creating our own work and reimagining the classic works of others.  Our mission includes embracing Philadelphia’s rich and often dark history by developing projects tailor-made for its unique, historical settings.  To that end our work often focuses on the macabre and mysterious, subjects we find to be quite at home in this hauntingly lovely old town. This spring, The Mechanical Theatre successfully produced a series of live radio dramas following the love story of two detectives, set in the 1930s. The series, entitled “The Walker and O’Dare Mystery Radio Hour,” and written by one of our own, was performed at the historic Powel House in Old City Philadelphia. The shows were a great success and based on that we were asked by the Powel House to create a theater piece that would showcase both the house and Philadelphia’s literary history.  Our response: a show capturing the horror and delight of one of America’s greatest authors (and one-time Philadelphia resident) Edgar Allan Poe!

“Masque of Poe” will be a unique theatrical presentation of some of Poe’s most famous poems and tales.  The audience will find themselves immersed in the stories while being guided through one of Philadelphia’s most historic houses. The house will host small, intimate audiences(15 person max) that will be treated to haunting retellings of “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Imp of the Perverse,” “Hop Frog,” and “The Raven,” each presented in a different room of the house. The emphasis of the performance will be on the telling of the story and really bringing them to life in a way that we hope will evoke a wide array of emotions from the audience. We feel that our production will be enjoyed by the most avid fan of Poe, as well as those who might be new to his work.

Show times are as follows:
Thursday, October 23 -- 7:00
Friday, October 24 -- 7:00
Saturday, October 25 -- 7:00
Thursday, October 30 -- 7:00
Friday, October 31 -- 7:00
Saturday, November 1 -- 7:00

To purchase tickets for either show, please click here

Want to see more?  Join the Mechanical Theater on October 9, for "The Candlelight Murders" an all-new murder mystery based on the ghost stories of Laurel Hill Cemetery.  The sudden death of a wealthy heiress leads to a gathering of her family at the Laurel Hill Cemetery, but an unexpected guest shows up with evidence her death was far from natural.


Learning with Landmarks Lecture Series

Domestic Exhalations and Pestilential Fevers: Philadelphia’s Search for a Yellow Fever Cure

Thursday, 10/23/2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm

 Lecture by Dr. Hicks

Physick House
324 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia has become well known: the story has a hero—Benjamin Rush—and a villain—a mysterious pestilential disease which killed almost 10 percent of the population. Rush has been roundly criticized, both by posterity and his contemporaries, for his harsh therapies of bloodletting and extreme medicines. The management of the 1793 epidemic played against rivalries and disagreements between doctors and questioned deeply rooted medical philosophies.  By the 1797 epidemic, public officials once again appealed to the medical establishment for advice on public health. Two camps presented their competing observations and conclusions—The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and its splinter faction, the Academy of Medicine, led by Rush and Philip Syng Physick. This illustrated presentation examines their competing theories of Yellow Fever and its treatment, revealing the nature of patriotic ideals, criticism of the country’s maritime economy, and even what it meant to be an American. Lecture to be followed by a reception.

Speaker's Bio: Robert D. Hicks, PhD is the director of the Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Formerly, he supervised exhibits, collections, and educational outreach at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. He has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for over three decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums. Robert has a doctorate in maritime history from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, and degrees in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Arizona. His most recent book was Voyage to Jamestown: Practical Navigation in the Age of Discovery (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2011.) 





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