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Amish Country and the Delaware.


And I managed to achieve a balance between work and play. I visited my Uncle Christy and cousin, Peggy in New Jersey and we did two day-trips.

Washing day, Amish country, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


The first involved a two-hour drive to Lancaster County to see the Amish community.

My distant-cousin, Bobby Farrell met us and took us around the area. We had a wonderful afternoon in his company.

Monday was washing day and we feasted our eyes on lines of laundry. They were impressive.







The countryside is beautiful, undulating country, with farmsteads stretched before us.  We also had a feast at the “Good and Plenty.”

Amish farmstead

The following day, we visited New Hope, on the Delaware. New Hope is gorgeous, reminiscent of an old English town. And there was a breeze from the Delaware. I had sympathy with George Washington, when he had to make a difficult crossing not far from where I stood.


And there was a very pretty grist mill, I cannot remember where…



Frederick Douglass’ plot, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY



Any trip to Rochester would be incomplete without visiting Mount Hope Cemetery,  site of Frederick Douglass’ family plot.  And again, thanks to Dr Tim Madigan, my intrepid guide.


Ann, being shown the way to the Douglass plot

I visited before I read any descriptive brochures and was immediately impressed with the setting. It is beautiful. Carpeted with a perfect covering of snow, the undulating ground, trees and winding roads suggested peace, mystery and beauty. I could easily agree with the brochure’s assessment of this American Victorian Cemetery: “one of the most beautiful and enchanting cemeteries in America.”

The city of Rochester purchased an initial 54 acres in 1836, and it now stands at 196 acres with more that 370,000 people buried here.


Amongst these many people with their many stories are two of significance to my work: Frederick Douglass and his friend and associate, Susan B. Anthony.


And  abutting the roadway, is the Douglass plot.