Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Colonial Valentine

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson led a life of romance and tragedy. One of the most highly regarded women of her time, she was well educated, the daughter of a prominent Philadelphia physician and the granddaughter of the former Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania. A successful writer and socialite, she hosted famed literary gatherings and counted luminaries of Philadelphia society amongst her closest friends and confidents.

So how did it all go so wrong for her? Disappointed early in love by William Franklin, she went on to marry a penniless Scotsman, whose involvement with the British during the Revolutionary War would cause her not only heartbreak, but lead to the sale of most of her worldly possessions and leave her fighting to retain her ancestral home.

During our Colonial Valentine tours costumed actors tell Elizabeth’s story in candlelit vignettes throughout the historic Keith House. The tours are scheduled for 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m. on February 13. The cost is $12/person, which includes light refreshments and sweets. Reservations and a credit card number are required to hold your space. Call 215-343-0965 for more information.

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