Monday, August 17, 2015

More adventures on the Wissahickon Creek Trail

There are many little treasures along the banks and trails of the Wissahickon in the Northwest section of Philly. One of these, a small statue of an unknown Quaker (he looks an awful like William Penn), which I happened to stumble upon today on my hike.

Here's a small excerpt I pulled from the Friends of the Wissahickon official website that gives a brief history of the site:

Erected in 1883, this marble statue of a man in Quaker clothing is situated on a ridge on the eastern side of the Park just north of the Walnut Lane Bridge. Standing atop Mom Rinker's Rock, the nine-foot-eight-inch statue has the word "Toleration" carved into its four-foot-three-inch base. The statue, which was created by late 19th century sculptor Herman Kirn, was brought to the site by landowner John Welsh who is reported to have purchased the statue at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Welsh, a former Fairmount Park Commissioner and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, donated his land to the Park prior to his death in 1886.

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