Posted by: Pam, at RML | July 31, 2020

One Cool Colonial–Ep. 6: Upstairs at 1696 Thomas Massey House (Part 1 of 2)

Yes, tucked away in Marple Township, Delaware County.

We have all driven by this gem countless times, dear local folks and visitors.

(Oh, look. There’s your car.)

It is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Thank you, Clarissa and Rich, for the pleasure of my escape to 17th and 18th-century Pennsylvania. The 1696 Thomas Massey House is temporarily closed to visitors and that’s why I am grateful to be inside with my hosts today. I do wish I had cool period clothing to wear just for times like this…

Yes, the brown vest Rich is wearing is made of wool and the house is very warm during filming. Clarissa with beads of sweat on her face, there by the window in her many layers, too. But they are not complaining.

Sharing the same peaceful space with Clarissa and Rich, my mind wanders to thoughts beyond the beautifully bare walls of this historic house and the many struggles of Quakers so long ago. They believed in equality of all human beings, social justice, and played a major role in the abolition movement against slavery.

Feeling so grateful these days for the special people who risk their lives to save the lives of others…my own life and yours.

I feel fortunate to be standing in the room with nothing on its walls.

I am alive.

Take care of yourself.

Enjoy this Part 1 of 2 — Upstairs 1696 Thomas Massey House.

Thank you for watching!


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