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Dinah: Savior of Stenton

February 6, 2012

Stenton, the 18th century mansion of James Logan, has stood for nearly 300 years as a relic of the colonial era, but perhaps it would no longer be with us if not for the quick-thinking of Dinah, a servant of the estate.

Dinah was an enslaved servant of William (James’s son) and Hannah Logan, but around 1776, she asked for and was granted her freedom, though she remained a hired servant of the household.

Dinah is remembered on a plaque at the still-standing Stenton house, and visitors are told the story of her cleverness. During the occupation of Philadelphia, Dinah had been minding the estate when she spotted two British soldiers scheming to burn the mansion. As the soldiers were in the barn gathering straw, Dinah saw an officer riding along the main street in search of deserters. Dinah caught his attention and told him that she had seen two men who appeared to be deserting enter the barn. The soldiers were quickly apprehended, their plans of arson foiled.
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  1. Jessie permalink
    October 16, 2012 11:33 pm

    Thank You It took me forever to find it

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