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WissaHistory: Rittenhouse Town from the Late 1600’s to Now! with Betsy Wallace

June 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at the Original Rittenhouse Homestead & Bake House

Learn about the rich history of Rittenhouse Town, the site of North America’s first paper mill.  What made William Rittenhouse come to America in the late 1600’s with his family?  How did they survive in the early 1700’s and during the Revolutionary War?  How did Rittenhouse Town grow into a self-sufficient village with its own school, church, and fire station?  Why was it almost destroyed in the late 1890’s?  And what was Rittenhouse Town’s connection to the Mennonites?  Some of these historic buildings may be gone, but their stories live on.  This hike is kid-friendly.

Distance: .5 to 1 mile
Level: Easy to moderate

Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador Walks may be on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Long pants are recommended for protection against occasional poison ivy and possible ticks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Unless otherwise noted, children over six are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain or icy conditions. For more information contact Sarah Marley at Visit for updates.

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June 9, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Historic RittenhouseTown
6035-6049 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia, 19144 United States
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