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Maritime History Ecology and Recreation in Philadelphia and the Delaware River

The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild maintains and sails historic ships to bring the past to the present. A non-profit organization that teaches and practices seamanship, traditional restoration, maritime culture, and sailing skills in a fun and team focused setting.

Phila ViewThe Schooner Diligence was designed and built by Joshua and Samuel Humphreys in Philadelphia in 1797 for the Revenue-Marine and later transferred to the Navy. Schooners like Diligence played a vital role in the development of the early Navy in defending American merchant ships from attacks by Britain, France and the Barbary pirates. The original Diligence served in the West Indies Squadron under John Barry, who was commanding the Frigate United States during the Quasi War with France in 1798-1800.

DiligenceVisit the Independence Seaport Museum and its Patriots and Pirates Exhibit

The Cruiser Olympia was launched in 1892 and is the oldest steel warship afloat in the world. It has some the first modern luxuries aboard warships, including refrigeration, a fresh water distiller, steam radiators for heat, electric lighting, and a blower-operated ventilation system. Olympia required a new breed of sailor specifically trained in steam-driven and electrically-powered technology.

Cruiser OlympiaThe Submarine Becuna (SS-319) was launched in 1944 and is similar-to the many subs built in Philadelphia. “Becky” is credited with sinking 3.5 Japanese merchant ships. During the Cold War, she trailed Soviet subs and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The Washington Avenue Pier is one of the newest greenspaces on the Delaware. The park design honors its evolving role on the waterfront from shipbuilding to port-of-entry to naturalized finger pier, offering panoramic views of the Delaware River, Center City, the Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges. An on-grade path allows visitors to reach the tip of the pier and touch the water and an elevated boardwalk lets you pass over wetland habitat below.

Washington PierLand Buoy is a 55’ spire by artist Jody Pinto featuring a 16’ spiral staircase to a platform that allows for views up and down the river. It also emits a soft blue light, acting as a beacon recalling the pier’s history as Philadelphia’s immigration station. Ecological enhancements include intertidal and riparian plantings, innovative stabilization methods and Interpretive signage relating the site’s history as the nation’s first navy yard and immigration entry station where over 1 million people entered the United States.

Pier 68 is a place to relax and enjoy the Philadelphia waterfront where you can learn about the tidal ecology of the Delaware River, its watershed, or engage in recreational fishing. Design elements include:

An Entrance Deck with whimsical painted poles and repurposed maritime bollards to create a distinctive gateway for the pier. Located just off the future trail extension, this space serves as a resting spot for those using the trail and as a place where shopping center visitors can quickly experience the Pier Park.

pier 68 fishingTree Canopy that begins to conceal the parking lot and traffic to the west.  These trees serve as a threshold, marking that visitors have crossed into a new environment. Along the southern edge of the pier, visitors will find picnic tables which can be used for casual meals or table-top games.

The Aquatic Cut, 4.5’ deep cut into the pier surface allows water to filter up through the lower wood deck to reveal the semi diurnal tidal activity of the Delaware River. Filled with native, aquatic plants, this space will be a focal point for educators and curious visitors, creating a microcosm of the Delaware River’s pre industrial ecology. The end of the pier features an Angled Lawn for lounging and sun-bathing.  With proximity to the water and restored concrete paving, the Water-Side Walk and the open Pier Terminus supports a variety of events and activities such as recreational fishing or gathering to watch holiday fireworks. Custom-designed wave-shaped benches create a unique and distinctive park element that visitors will remember long after they’ve left.

ferry-and-bridgeCruise the Delaware River north or south from Philadelphia and make your way to Chesapeake Bay by way of the C&D Canal or take the Ferry to Camden to visit local attractions like the battleship New Jersey.

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Main Streets and Historic Towns of the Brandywine Valley

Chester and Delaware County Pennsylvania Historic Small Towns and Districts

Chester County William Penn established Chester County in 1682 as one of the first three counties in Pennsylvania; West Chester is the county seat. Other historic towns in Chester County include Kennett Square, Oxford and Phoenixville. Each has its own unique agricultural, revolutionary and industrial histories. These “Main Streets of the Brandywine Valley” are treasures of a time gone by with lovely tree-lined streets filled with restaurants, shops, galleries, markets, festivals and more.

Hagley mill raceThe Brandywine Valley Wind your way along the banks of the Brandywine River through horse country and rich farmland. The rolling hills and verdant pastures along the Brandywine Valley Byway form a lovely and dramatic backdrop including Longwood Gardens, a stunning horticultural display set on the more than 1,000 aces of the former du Pont estate and the Brandywine River Museum, housed in a 19th century gristmill. Its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its outstanding collection of American illustration, still-life, and landscape paintings make it a mecca for art lovers from all over the world.

WestchesterWest Chester Nestled in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, West Chester is a picturesque and historic community that offers small-town charm with a cosmopolitan flair. Their downtown boasts 83 shops and 59 restaurants. The Chester County Historical Society is a history museum which tells the American story from a local perspective. West Chester’s Main Streets offer a host of diverse shops and galleries. Specialty shops featuring imported olive oils, fine handmade chocolates, cigars and skate and surf equipment. The West Chester railroad, one of the oldest in America, offers a 90-minute train excursion through the beautiful Chester Creek Valley.

Kennett Square The town was originally called Kennet Square, with the name “Kennet”, England, and “Square” coming from the original William Penn one square mile land grant. General Sir William Howe marched through Kennett to the Battle of Brandywine during the American Revolution.

Kennett SquareKennett is famous for being the mushroom capital of the world; over 60 percent of the nation’s mushroom crop is from this region. This small town main street is filled with an eco-boutique, a rare book store, quilts, antiques and a spa. A walk down Kennett’s State Street is also a culinary adventure.

Oxford On the way stop to view the historic covered bridges that surround the countryside. Then, stroll down Oxford’s Main Street where Amish buggy’s share the road, a vibrant art’s alliance hosts exhibits, shows and events, farmers markets offer local foods and wares, and charming coffee and tea shops.

Phoenixville Like many American towns and cities, Phoenixville owes its growth to its waterways. The Phoenix Company Foundry, built in 1882, is home to the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, a historic gateway to northern Chester County that provides information about places of interest to visit throughout the region. Originally called Manavon, Phoenixville was settled in 1732. In its industrial heyday early in the twentieth century, it was an important manufacturing center and it was the site of great iron and steel mills, boiler works, silk mill, underwear and hosiery factories, a match factory, and Etruscan majolica pottery. The Iron Hill Brewery is a great gathering spot on Bridge Street, Phoenixville’s main drag; it specializes in handcrafted beer and creative cuisine. Charming shops line the main street.

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Brandywine Valley Wine Trails Beautiful estate vineyards in the rolling hills of Chester County, charming tasting rooms and barrel-aging cellars filled with premium wines that showcase a unique terroir. Spanning scenic southeastern Pennsylvania between historic Philadelphia and the Amish countryside outside Lancaster, the four wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are located within an easy drive of one another and are open year-round. Pennsylvania’s climate and terrain provide some of the best growing conditions on the east coast, allowing Brandywine Valley to be one of the state’s premier wine regions. Brandywine Valley’s bucolic countryside is home to many fine wineries. Make a stop at Chadds Ford Winery, the largest wine producer in the state or visit any of the unique, family farmed wineries along the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail.

Delaware County Pennsylvania

The Chadds Ford Historic District includes 17 buildings in Chadds Ford village. Notable buildings include the Chads Ford Inn (1807-1810), Merchant Mill (1864), a row of houses built between 1840 and 1850, the bridge across Brandywine Creek, and the Christian C. Sanderson Museum. Located in the district are the separately listed Chad House and N. C. Wyeth House and Studio.

Anthony-WayneDowntown Wayne Historic District is a national historic district and located in Radnor Township. The district includes approximately 100 properties roughly bounded by Louella Ct., West Ave., and S. Wayne Ave. Amongst the buildings is the Anthony Wayne Theatre designed in Italian Renaissance style and built around 1864.

North Wayne Historic District is a national historic district located in Wayne north of the Wayne Historic Business District. The district includes 190 buildings in a residential area of Wayne. The contributing dwellings were built between 1881 and 1925 and include notable examples of Shingle Style and Colonial Revival architecture. The district also reflects suburban development in the late-19th century as it was a major component of a large, planned, railroad commuter suburb called “Wayne Estate.” It is also located north of the South Wayne Historic District.

Lansdowne Park Historic District includes 103 buildings; the majority are residences. Eighty-one of the houses were built between 1889 and 1891, with Queen Anne as the dominant architectural style. The remaining houses were built between 1899 and 1913 and include notable examples of the Dutch Colonial Revival and Georgian Revival styles. The oldest house is the Dickenson Farmstead, a 2½-story dwelling built in 1732 and expanded in 1790.A notable non-residential building located in the district is St. John’s Episcopal Church (1901); it closed in 2009.

lansdowne theaterLansdowne Theatre is a historic theatre building located in Lansdowne, Delaware County. It was built in 1927 and consists of a two-story front section with street level shops and offices above, and a 1400 seat auditorium. It was designed by noted theater architect William Harold Lee (1884-1971) and is in the Spanish Revival style. It recently received a new marquee and is in the process of being restored.

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Shared Mobility and Transit Logistics

public transit taxis bike car and ride sharing car and van pooling shuttle services

bus rapid transitShared Transport has grown in recent years along with increased interest in urban redevelopment, environmental, energy and economic concerns. Wireless technology now provides innovative solutions. In terms of mobility, first and last mile solutions that help reduce traffic congestion and transit costs.

Car Sharing is a service that provides members with access to transport for hourly use. The shared cars are accessed with a reservation; charges are by time or mile. Benefits include affordable access, less dependence on fossil fuels and incentives to walk, cycle and public transit use.

Shared Trucks and Cargo Bikes Deliver at Lower Costs in the Commercial Sector

autobus d'epocaPublic Transit there is an untapped potential to integrate and offer shared modes to increase access and lower costs. Efforts are underway to develop integration platforms that cross modes and aggregate information about available transit options so that users can choose from a real-time menu to get to their destination, including transit, taxi service, cars or ride sharing.

Bike Sharing Systems Worldwide Have Grown from 74 to over 1000 since 2005

San Candido-Lienz1Bike Sharing encourages individuals the use of multiple transportation modes. Benefits range from increased mobility and health benefits to reduced fuel use. The objective is to integrate cycling into the daily transport network for commuting, personal trips and recreation. Publicly owned, contractor and nonprofit operated programs utilize IT-driven real-time information use technology to assist in demand management throughout a community.

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Transit LogisticsRide Sharing includes car and van pooling for commuters traveling to/from their place of employment as well as real-time ride sharing services through a mobile app before the trip starts and through which the passenger pays a share of the trip cost.

Ride-Sourcing providers operating as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) use online platforms to connect passengers with drivers who use personal, non-commercial, vehicles. These companies are using traditional ride sharing, i.e. the sharing of one vehicle by multiple riders to reduce vehicle trips.

Shuttle Services Commuters Pay More for Increased Comforts and Services

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Insuring Your Historic Property

Ryman auditoriumInsurance Companies are for the most part unable to price a policy and do not have the expertise to repair historic buildings in the event of a claim as these facilities need specialized materials, workmanship, and nay not to meet building code standards.

Cost Factors include geographic location, age of the structure, proximity to a fire station or fire hydrant, construction style and materials used in building the structure, most recent updates to the roof, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing. Also, current labor and material costs.

The National Trust Insurance Services of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are  Historic Building Coverage Experts

Historic Replacement Cost coverage is defined as the cost to repair or replace with the same materials, workmanship, and architectural features without depreciation, provided are reasonably available.

Knowing what Your Historic Property is Worth

hammond-harwood house museum front facadeThe Hidden Cost of Historic Reconstruction historic buildings aren’t like other properties. If damaged, they’re likely to require highly skilled craftsmen, hard to match materials, extra time to rebuild because of the labor-intensive process of historic renovation and professional services to assist in areas like recertification and recovery of tax benefits. In the event of loss or damage, there’s only one policy in the insurance industry that will restore your commercial building to its former grandeur.

The Historic Property Policy includes groundbreaking coverage and flexible valuations, including the cost of replacing a hand-carved door and hiring an expert able to document your rebuilding.

Historic Replacement Cost Coverage is the Cost to Repair or Replace the Original Building’s Materials Workmanship and Architectural Features

Hagerstown Commercial Core Historic DistrictIf not reasonably available, the insurance carrier will pay to replace or repair with materials, workmanship, and architectural features that most closely resemble those present before the loss. Also,

  • Increased cost of construction due to landmark as well as other building ordinances or laws
  • Increased time to restore your property due to operation of landmark and other building laws
  • Historic certification expenses
  • Loss of federal, state, and local tax benefits
  • Increased building assessments
  • Green building upgrades to enhance the energy efficiency of your property where possible

Certification is Not Required to qualify for Historic Coverage

Brandywine VillageAll currently certified historic buildings are eligible, as well as buildings that could be certified and located in a historic district.  However, just about any building that exhibits historical character, materials, and workmanship can be covered by this policy, whether certified or not.

Specialty Insurance Coverages includes D&O, Volunteer Accident, Special Events, Collections and Fine Arts, Vacant & Builders Risk and Historic Tax Credit.

Classes of Business include main street organizations, historic hotels and inns, historic theatres, museums, historic homeowner insurance, preservation and religious organizations.

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Architectural and Heritage Itineraries in Lancaster

civic commercial religious social and architectural history

A walk in downtown Lancaster is a unique experience with historic buildings of different architectural styles and periods and three centuries of Lancaster’s civic, commercial, religious, social and architectural history. A leisurely walk can be accomplished in less than an hour. Lancaster is one of America’s most successful smaller cities and among the largest National Register districts — with over 14,000 NR listed historic buildings:

Lancaster downtownWest King an urban design, architectural, preservation, and development effort is underway to help improve the West King Street district between Prince and Mulberry Streets; information about the buildings and properties is being researched and will be used to create plans and illustrate opportunities for rebuilding and revitalizing the economic, cultural, and social value of these properties and the neighborhood.
Penn Square is Lancaster’s geographic, commercial and civic hub. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument honors those who fought in the Civil War. Your walk begins at the northwest corner of Penn Square and views of an 18th Century city hall, the 19th Century market house and a 20th Century skyscraper.

South Queen Street one block south of the square, there are buildings with connections to the American Revolution and the abolition of slavery, including a Georgian townhouse, a Federal mansion and buildings linked to the Underground Railroad.

west king streetOld Town is one of the Lancaster’s Colonial era neighborhoods. A 1970s urban renewal plan was halted in favor of historic preservation efforts. Highlights in this neighborhood include a converted stone stable, the home of Lancaster’s premier portrait painter, and a Classical Revival mansion.

East Orange Street is part of the City’s original Historic District, established in 1967; this tree-lined street boasts an Italianate villa and a church cemetery established in 1744.

North Queen Street The downtown area has been a commercial center for nearly three centuries given Lancaster’s strategic position at a transportation crossroads. The city’s role as a retail center grew rapidly with the Industrial Revolution, with new building materials, construction methods and architectural styles reflected in its storefronts.

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Friends and Families Holiday Travel

Cultural Heritage Tours Local Museums disclose the historical and archaeological heritage of a community, leverage conservation and the rediscovery of cultural heritage through the arts, history, archaeology, literature and architecture, preserve biodiversity and rediscover cultures associated with agricultural, coastal and river communities.

Cheyenne WY UP depotLocal Food Wineries and Breweries There are several fascinating examples throughout America of a resurgence in farming that cater to an ever-increasing demand for local, quality and sustainable food, wine and ale consumption in both urban and suburban communities, fueled in part by downtown development and neighborhood construction. This, in turn, has spawned a demand for nightlife and weekend amenities for local citizens and out of town visitors.

ashville restaurantsExperience uniquely local atmospheres in communities where many historical and sustainable attractions are also present

How Does It Work

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Identify travel themes that interest you – cultural, local food & wine, walking tours;

With this information, Knowledge Tourism develops a comprehensive travel program for your review and approval;

At your request and where feasible, you can also join other travel groups and families;

How Do You Benefit

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What is Included travel between cities and states that are part of the itinerary, lunches and dinners, accommodations in double occupancy with breakfast, applicable local and state taxes, sightseeing events and local transport services.

What is Excluded evening entertainment and air or other transport to travel program location start and from tour ending location to your final-destination.

Easy for You to Decide and for Us to Manage

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Knowledge Tourism develops personalized travel destinations and itineraries based on client interests by leveraging an in-depth knowledge of your destination, superior client service in the planning stages and throughout the trip or event and logistics expertise to reduce accommodations and transport costs as well as transfer times.

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A Historic Districts Itinerary in Delaware County Pennsylvania

The Chadds Ford Historic District includes 17 buildings in Chadds Ford village. Notable buildings include the Chads Ford Inn (1807-1810), Merchant Mill (1864), a row of houses built between 1840 and 1850, the bridge across Brandywine Creek, and the Christian C. Sanderson Museum. Located in the district are the separately listed Chad House and N. C. Wyeth House and Studio.

Plank HouseDowntown Wayne Historic District is a national historic district and located in Radnor Township. The district includes approximately 100 properties roughly bounded by Louella Ct., West Ave., and S. Wayne Ave. Amongst the buildings is the Anthony Wayne Theatre designed in Italian Renaissance style and built around 1864.

North Wayne Historic District is a national historic district located in Wayne north of the Wayne Historic Business District. The district includes 190 buildings in a residential area of Wayne. The contributing dwellings were built between 1881 and 1925 and include notable examples of Shingle Style and Colonial Revival architecture. The district also reflects suburban development in the late-19th century as it was a major component of a large, planned, railroad commuter suburb called “Wayne Estate.” It is also located north of the South Wayne Historic District.

Anthony-WayneLansdowne Park Historic District includes 103 buildings; the majority are residences. Eighty-one of the houses were built between 1889 and 1891, with Queen Anne as the dominant architectural style. The remaining houses were built between 1899 and 1913 and include notable examples of the Dutch Colonial Revival and Georgian Revival styles. The oldest house is the Dickenson Farmstead, a 2½-story dwelling built in 1732 and expanded in 1790.A notable non-residential building located in the district is St. John’s Episcopal Church (1901); it closed in 2009.

lansdowne-theatreLansdowne Theatre is a historic theatre building located in Lansdowne, Delaware County. It was built in 1927 and consists of a two-story front section with street level shops and offices above, and a 1,400 seat auditorium. It was designed by noted theater architect William Harold Lee (1884-1971) and is in the Spanish Revival style. It recently received a new marquee and is in the process of being restored.

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