Palmer Park Bench

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Take 5!
Let Kenneth Milano sit beside you and guide you on this park bench tour of Palmer Park.
Location: Center bench of Palmer Park facing Northwest, Frankford Ave and Palmer St
Running time: 3 minutes
By Deborah Rudman, Michael Kuetemeyer, Anula Shetty & Kenneth Milano


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2 Responses to “Palmer Park Bench”

  1. RJ Smith Says:

    Sir,
    I enjoyed your video on the history of Palmer Park in Philadelphia. My interest in Palmer Park derives from research that I have done concerning my family history. I have discovered that my maternal 4’th great grandfather owned or operated the “White Horse Inn”. His name was Silas Wilson, born about 1812 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and died Feb. 28, 1871, buried in the Hood Cemetery (formerly The Lower Burial Ground) in Germantown. His Return of Death shows that he resided at 1703 Frankford Road and his occupation was an inn keeper. I think the Inn’s address was 1725 Frankford according to tax records. In the 1860 Federal Census it shows Silas Wilson as “land lord” of the Rail Road Hotel. Would this be the same hotel/inn or location as the White Horse Inn? Also, would you have any photos of the White Horse inn? Any photos of Silas or information about him?
    Respectfully,
    RJ Smith
    Edgewater, Md.

  2. Ken Milano Says:

    Dear RJ:

    The Philadelphia City Directory of 1860 shows the Rail Road Hotel as being at 223 Frankford Road. I’m guessing that the Rail Road Hotel and the White Horse Tavern are two different places. I do not have any photographs of the White Horse Tavern, but I believe there is a Hexamer Survey of the place.

    Ken Milano

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