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September is Save Your Photos Month. During this month, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy encourages everyone to preserve our photographs, so that future generations may learn from them. more
Did you know that May 6 is both National Nurses Day and the first day of National Nurses Week? This “Week” ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. more
Scenes that typified Chestnut Hill during the early days of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 are already fading from our daily experience: next-to-no cars on Germantown Avenue, closed stores, Xs … more
Normally, the first week of March brings us a reminder that spring is just around the corner, with the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania … more
Because of your support, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy has been able to sustain our stewardship of the history, architecture, and open space we treasure. more
This photograph from the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Archives appears to show women heading to the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession held in Washington, D.C., in protest of the lack of voting rights … more
This April 1940 photograph shows Alessandra Cartelli’s mother and sister, Rose and Louise Cartelli, before boarding the ship to Philadelphia to join Pietro Cartelli. By Molly Murphy Anyone who … more
This circa 1924 photograph shows a large outcrop of Wissahickon Schist being quarried in the 7500 block of Germantown Avenue, later the site of the Trolley Car Diner. Vito Benvenuto of Benezet Street … more
SEPTA’s “Lifeline” map of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy is shown here, with lines in operation highlighted, as well as the locations of “life-sustaining” businesses. By Alex … more
This photograph from the April 26, 1990, Chestnut Hill Local shows John Story Jenks School teachers and students celebrating the 20th anniversary of Earth Day by planting a flowering crabapple tree. … more
The police station (left) and fire station are shown standing side by side on West Highland Avenue shortly after the turn of the 20th century, each telling half of a story about the history of … more
One of the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment’s most well-known activities was its annual bazaar, which included a quilt raffle. Started in 1983, this raffle continued as an annual tradition for … more
Garden at Foxlea By Shirley Hanson You may know the property in Springfield Township as “The English Village.”  It is a 4-1/2 acre portion of what was a 31-acre estate called “Lane’s … more
This photograph (circa 1950) shows the store window at Robertson’s Flowers when it was still located at 8339 Germantown Ave. The business would relocate to 8501 Germantown Ave. in 1952, where it … more
A view of a meticulously-maintained eased property. (Photo by Kevin Hughes) by Kevin Hughes Chestnut Hill is a unique and beautiful place. Known for its open spaces, mature trees, exceptional … more
This postcard photograph shows Highland station as it appeared before the railroad crossing at Highland and Seminole Avenues – visible in the foreground – was removed in 1918. (Photo courtesy of … more
In the late 19th century, many mills once standing along the Wissahickon Creek were purchased and demolished by the City of Philadelphia to protect the city’s water supply. The Houston and Woodward … more
(Photo by Kevin Hughes) by Kevin Hughes Look around Chestnut Hill and you will undoubtedly notice a common theme: beautiful, architecturally-significant buildings framed by stately, manicured lawns. … more
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