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Visited Historic Smithville Park today for the first time. All the bridges and the boardwalk over the lake were fun to cross. The mansion was beautifully decorated. Definitely on my short list of places to come back to in spring or summer when everything is alive again. 🌱🌿
Yesterday we got to chat with reenactors of the 12th New Jersey Volunteers Infantry, Company K. The 12th NJ formed and trained at Camp Stockton in Woodbury during the summer of 1862. The unit served for 3 years starting with the Chancellorsville Campaign in the spring of 1863. In July they moved onto Gettysburg where they were responsible for the capture of 92 men including 7 Confederate officers and 50 sharpshooters. Captain William Potter of the 12th was 1 of 5 officers chosen to deliver all the surrendered colors of the Army of Northern Virginia to the War Department in D.C.
This is the only remaining covered bridge of the 5 that used to exist in Wissahickon Park. It is now the only covered bridge left in Philadelphia and the only one in the entire U.S. remaining within the boundaries of a major city. Originally built in 1737, it was used to transport barrels of flour across the creek from the nearby mill.
Although I’ve visited Wissahickon many times, I’ve never managed to come across this statue (despite always hearing about it). Today we set out specifically in search of it. Commissioned in 1902 as a tribute to the native people of the Wissahickon Valley, this statue was mistakenly referred to as Tedyuscung (an outspoken Lenape tribesman)during the commemoration and the name stuck. Here he has sat on Council Rock, high above the creek, for the last 117 years.