East Falls Hessians and a Betsy Ross Connection?

by EFHS • June 23, 2017

Thanks to the Chadwick Papers*, we’ve got information to add to our “Hessians Are Coming” post. We now know the names of two Hessian commanders who were encamped in the East Falls area, one of whom may have had a liaison with Betsy Ross.


Success! Hohenadel Beer Pilot Batch

by EFHS • June 23, 2017

Today’s players: Tom (brewer) Lou Farrell (local chef, historian/archaeologist, craft beer judge, and pickle aficionado) Steve Fillmore (writer, beer geek, and EFHS President)   Mission: To taste-test the pilot batch to determine if the combination of the cluster and noble hops evokes the flavor of a historic 19th century maibock beer -and- to make as […]


Hohenadel House: A Neighborhood Collector’s Item

by EFHS • June 23, 2017

Old houses attract passionate people – especially houses that are falling down and need rescue. Since we’ve been blogging about East Falls’ own fixer upper, we’ve encountered all kinds of other history nuts who’ve been thrilled to open their collections and share everything they know, including crazy theories, alternate histories, and dream scenarios. But they’ve […]


“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes”

by EFHS • June 23, 2017

This story has a happy ending, even though it starts off in frustration: Where are all our East Falls photos from the last 40 years? You’d think history blogging would be easy because everything’s already been written but unfortunately almost none of it has been saved. At least, not the interesting stuff. Oh, you’ll find […]