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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting another open house at Mount Pleasant in Fairmount Park Philadelphia Sunday, April 26. I believe the event is free and parking will be available at the museum’s new parking garage where a shuttle bus will run between the museum and the park (along scenic boat house row).

This mansion’s impressive and intact woodwork, dating from the early 1760’s, is on display. The house really hasn’t been refurnished sinceÃ? it’s restoration a few years ago (new roof, some structure, fixed up dormers).Ã?  This has left the interior woodwork accessible.

Much of the tour’s focus will be on the house and the one armed Scotsman who originally owned it. A privateer who struck it nouveaux riche, Captain James Mac Pherson is the poster child for upward mobility in 18th century America. Mount Pleasant was the bling, the posse, the ride, and the trophy wife all rolled into one, fabulously expensive crib. Though he won’t get top billing, Thomas


 

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