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Simeone Foundation Museum

Simeone Foundation Museum

Article by Wayne Beck and Photography by Henry Rowan
Treasure hunters often spend their lives searching for rare finds that may elude them forever.  Yet sometimes treasures sit right in front of us and we remain completely unaware of their existence.  A good example of this can be found in South Philadelphia.  Normally, areas like Penns Landing, [...]


The Fonthill

The Fonthill

If you don’t know it is there, driving past the Fonthill in Doylestown, Pa., becomes one of those double take moments in life. “What the ______ (fill it in with your own vernacular)” is a common reaction, for set amidst normal neighborhoods, on normal roads, is a 44 room reinforced concrete castle. Yes, that’s right, [...]


The County Theater

The County Theater

OK, I admit it. the County Theater in Doylestown is one of my all-time favorite places to go. In an age of garish megaplexes that seem to grow ever bigger and feature ever sillier films, the “County,” as it is affectionately known throughout the region, is a real step back in time.
When the County opened [...]


Jim Thorpe – Rails, Trails, and Jails

Jim Thorpe – Rails, Trails, and Jails

The town of Jim Thorpe, in Carbon County, is a living testament to the ability of Pennsylvanians to adapt creatively to change and adversity. Set squarely in the midst of the mountains that contained the rich anthracite fields in the eastern part of the state, Jim Thorpe began life as two towns, Mauch Chunk and [...]


The Reading Terminal

The Reading Terminal

It’s old, it’s noisy, and it’s crowded. Those may be words that an advertising professional would dread, but they define the simple reality of the Reading Terminal Market in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. In fact, rather than being negatives, old, noisy, and crowded are the very attributes that make the Market such a good [...]


Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

The rational me says that there are no such things as ghosts. The rational me also says that there is absolutely no way I am spending the night alone in Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) because if any place is haunted, it is this old prison. Make no mistake about it, this place can be scary – even [...]


Delaware Water Gap

Delaware Water Gap

The Delaware Water Gap is an area of immense natural beauty and rich history so, of course, it was only natural that some brainiac came up with the bright idea to run Interstate 80 right thru the middle of it. This was followed by the equally brilliant idea to clutter Route 209 with tourist traps [...]


The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Strasburg Rail Road

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Strasburg Rail Road

Sitting across the street from one another on the edge of some of Lancaster County’s most beautiful farmland, are The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Strasburg Railroad. Even if you aren’t a train enthusiast, it is hard not to be very impressed by this combination of static displays and rolling stock. Although it seems that [...]


Ricketts Glen

Ricketts Glen

Ricketts Glen is an exceptional state park located in Luzerne, Sullivan, and Columbia Counties. (Yes, it’s big – 13,050 acres worth of big!) Named for the Ricketts family, who sold the land that was to become the park to the state in the 1920’s, Ricketts Glen was approved as a national park in the 1930’s, [...]