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On the Wissahickon

August 3, 2012

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

-Henry James


Summer may not officially end until September 21, but for many people—students and teachers in particular—the season is rapidly drawing to a close. The month of August has already begun, meaning that both the end of summer vacation and the start of the school year are just around the corner. In other words, if you haven’t already, now is a good time to take advantage of the warm weather, perhaps with classic summer activities such as picnics, swimming, or hiking.

According to the picture on the above postcard from the Germantown Historical Society archives, rowing on the Wissahickon Creek was an excellent way to spend a sunny day in the early 20thcentury. The postcard, captioned “Philadelphia. On the Wissahickon,” was addressed to Raymond Walters of Massillon, Ohio in 1908. The hand-written note reads, “Dear Brother: Will leave Philadelphia this Thursday for Washington D.C. I am well and hope you are the same. –Ed.”

Wissahickon Creek as seen near Historic RittenhouseTown

Care to share your best memories of this summer thus far? Seen any breathtakingly beautiful sights, accomplished any new or daring activities, traveled to any far-flung locations or rediscovered any local wonders? What else do you hope to do before the season comes to a close?

Of course, if you happen to be looking for a fun way to fill the summer hours, we heartily suggest a visit to sites in Historic Germantown. Check out hours, events, photos and more at

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  1. boomeresq permalink
    August 3, 2012 10:52 pm

    Growing up in Mt. Airy, the Wissahickon was my wilderness to explore. I wish I still lived in walking distance. It is a treasure which one might not appreciate until one’s “park” is Rittenhouse Square. (This is not to suggest that Rittenhouse Square doesn’t have things to recommend it.

    I had travels to Ireland, Copenhagen, Helsinki and London in May/June. I saw some beautiful places, but I realize that my mind’s eye still compares new places to the Wissahickon.

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