1998

1998



Got a chance to spend some more time visiting your website. I have viewed it on several occasions...and everytime I find something new.  I printed out the recipes and hope to try them soon...maybe with a great bottle of wine!  Thanks Gerry.
Cyn Dames (loverbutton@hotmail.com)
Southern, NJ USA - Thursday, December 31, 1998 at 00:20:52 EST

I love your site! I am an Architecture student who was taken be a similar classical revival mansion in my area called the Carolands. I'm sorry it was torn down, but delighted it was remembered in the redevelopment of the area! I'm Glad you included those pictures. I wish there were more sites like yours on the web.
Tom Hurlbut
San Mateo, CA USA - Wednesday, December 30, 1998 at 16:50:01 EST

Kudos for memorializing "Whitemarsh Hall," although no one I knew called it anything but Stotesbury Mansion. (SHS class of '74)
R. Abrams (rlabrams@u.washington.edu)
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, December 29, 1998 at 10:25:05 EST

I enjoyed your site.  My cousin used to work for Penn Salt Chemicals when they owned and worked out of the manison. I visited there a few times and that is when I fell in love with grand old mansions.  One time he borrowed a book from his supervisor that apparently went with the manison.  I contained photos and discriptions of many rooms in the house along with discriptions of furniture and objects.  I have often wondered what happened to that book.  Excellent job.  Have you ever contacted any of the surviving family members?
Tim Noel (kkarma@hotmail.com)
Jamison, PA USA - Monday, December 28, 1998 at 02:57:18 EST

Fantastic Stotesbury's mansion! The Art itself would thank you for having exploited on the net such a masterpiece of Aesthetics!
Dear Gerry , you have been the terrestrial priest of the Divine Beauty. Your prose is magically introducing in a fascinating atmosphere beyond Space and Time, in the timeless Land of Remembrances and Reverie...I'm dreaming of the great, pharaonic parties given by the splendid Stotesburies...I see the footmen liveries, the glowing chandeliers, the guests' gorgeous attires....Where are they gone ? Perhaps, as Teophile Gautier says, objects and things don't disappear as it seems ; they keep on living in a transcendental dimension ; perhaps, on a cobalt Cydnus,  Cleopatra's galley still unfolds its silk sails....And perhaps all the Stotesbury's seventy gardeners are still there,in the Palace, working in the formal gardens, watched by Cupids and Hermae ... and they will be there Forever. The Palace will be there forever ; because Caterpillars can't raze an Archetyp of Beauty
From a Beauty lover, thanks.
Long live The Great American Dream.
Long live Stotesbury's Memory.
Long may it soar. FOREVER
Giancarlo Testori (ngpsp.it.mi3@agora.stm.it)
Milano, Italy - Sunday, December 20, 1998 at 14:21:43 EST

FÉLICITATION, VOTRE SITE EST DE GRANDE QUALITÉE.  SELON MOI, DES GENS COMME VOUS SONT TRÈS RARE DE NOS JOURS.  LA NOSTALGIE DE L'ÂGE D'OR N'EST PAS ASSEZ PRÉSENTE DANS NOTRE SOCIÉTÉ TROP MODERNE. LE TEMPS DES BELLES RÉALISATIONS ARCHITECTURALES EST RÉVOLU.   HORACE TRUMBAUER ÉTAIT UN GÉNIE DE SON TEMPS. CES MANOIRS SONT D'UNE BEAUTÉE INSURPASSÉE DE NOS JOURS.
AL DESCHENES (aladra@globetrotter.qc.ca)
Montmagny, QC CANADA - Thursday, December 17, 1998 at 22:40:52 EST


i use to go to hartwell lane school we use to drain the goverment pond on mermaid ln. don"t forget lees mansion or the water wheel and small pond to the left of hull dr. you could get to them where southhampton turned left
robert linton
new orleans, la USA - Thursday, December 17, 1998 at 00:01:48 EST

i use to live at 30 wyndmoor dr. my grandparents lived at 7706 queen st. my grandfather charles lorenson was the  head grounds keeper at estate my great uncle dave steel was one of the teamsters who broke the ground.
robert linton
new orleans, la USA - Wednesday, December 16, 1998 at 23:22:48 EST

Do you have any reference sources for Trumbauer? Construction photos were really swell.
anne cunnion (ahcp@voicenet.com)
phila, USA - Friday, December 11, 1998 at 01:45:14 EST

Unlike so many of your readers, I did not grow up anywhere near Wyndmoor. Even during my first 10-or-so years of living in this area, I was pretty unaware of it — even though I'm a complete sucker for historic houses. In 1988, while living in Flourtown I met Marie Kitto and began to have an inkling. Then, in 1993 I joined the staff of the Springfield Sun just in time to cover the removal of statues from the grounds. I was surprised and delighted to stmble onto your excellent website today -- it astounds me to see the wealth of creativity that the web has unleashed. It's probably worth noting that there are still important historic sites in Springfield Township in danger of being destroyed. Case in point -- the Black Horse, which seems to be undergoing demolition by neglect.
Glenn Curry (artmatters@montgomerynews.com)
Fort Washington, PA USA - Thursday, December 10, 1998 at 16:07:17 EST

I was so glad to find your website! I grew up in the area and remember seeing Whitemarsh Hall (unfortunately when it had already been vandalized) and being amazed at what an imposing and beautiful place it was. I remember wishing then (and still now) that somehow it could have been restored to what it was. What a shame it had to be demolished.
Keep up the great work on this website!
Patty Mahaffey (mahaffey@enter.net)
Perkasie, PA USA - Sunday, November 29, 1998 at 19:26:05 EST

It is great to see such attention brought to this magnificent work of architecture after so long a time. In May, 1978, on a Sunday afternoon, my father, brother and I went for a drive to see an abandoned mansion.  I had no idea what or whose house; I just went because I had nothing to do. My father drove his convertible down what appeared to be a driveway of sorts which was overgrown with shrubbery. After driving under a stone arch overpass, we drove into a cobblestone courtyard. I could not see much of the building at this point but, I could definitely tell it had suffered under the hand of vandals. My father parked the car here and in a desperate effort to get a better idea of just how big this mansion was, I ran up some steps that were alongside the stone overpass which led me to an asphalt driveway and around to the back of what I later discovered to be the North wing. As I came into clear view of the rear of the building, I was in complete awe. I couldn't believe my eyes.  Here was a building that in so many ways looked just like the Versailles of France. It also reminded me of 'Xanadu' the name of Charles Foster Kane's million dollar private mansion, where he eventually died in torment. I obviously admired the architecture, the history, and the mystique of both. From that day on, I have been continously interested in any facts that I may stumble across in regards to the history of both the house and the man who had it built. Thanks for developing this website in its honor.
Jeff Przybylowski
Phila., PA USA - Monday, November 23, 1998 at 10:58:41 EST

Great page...I shall come again
Lois...aka LadyElena (ladyelena@hotmail.com)
Monticello, NY USA - Monday, November 23, 1998 at 02:08:51 EST

Very tasteful site and well done, I might add. I enjoyed seeing your wine cellar and other pages. Such nice work! Beautiful backgrounds and images. Did you make them yourself? My URL is
www.alvant.alva.ok.us/plsteed/index.html
Patricia Steed (plsteed@alvant.alva.ok.us)
Alva, OK USA - Sunday, November 22, 1998 at 22:58:07 EST

This is a pretty good site. Can I have some wine. Its not for me its for a wedding.
Jeremy Steele (Fxgk94a)
conway, Sc USA - Friday, November 20, 1998 at 10:55:39 EST

I found your site on Whitemarsh Hall very interesting.
Tania Stotesbury (Tania16@juno.com)
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, November 18, 1998 at 11:27:57 EST

I often ride my bike through Stotesbury. I have been very interested in the 50's style box houses, especially since they always are in such stark juxtaposition to the columned entrance off of Willow Grove Avenue. Yesterday, I discovered the fountain on Widener. The strangeness of this find literally took my breath away. I have yet to look up the sculptor, Greeber (1925, Paris).  I was also excited by the change in house style to two story box, that in some seem to have a Bauhaus or maybe a Usonian kind of reference. I would very much like to know more about these houses. Seeing the fountain was like seeing the tip of an iceberg an I knew there was an enormous hidden plan. My wife and I returned later in the day to drive through again. I saw a couple who were walking and they gave me the Stotesbury Estates name which used to find this site.  This is, btw, an elegant and incredibly satisfying site. I have only begun to explore it.  I will keep searching for more on the houses while I also soak up the incredible images of what this space once was. I would be interested in knowing how and why you put this wonderful essay  together. Thank you,
Hy Zelkowitz (hihy@earthlink.net)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, November 16, 1998 at 12:26:28 EST

You have a really nice site here...enjoyed my visit very much and will be back. :o)
Grizzly (gator@erinet.com)
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 22:50:41 EST

Let me add my voice of praise and wonder at the job you have done to reconstruct an important piece of my childhood. I grew up in the shadow of "The Hall", living on Willow Grove Avenue in Wyndmoor. When I knew it (late 50's), it was WAY past its prime; the Pensalt Company just ran it into the ground and then eventually razed it. But in its very brief moment of glory, it was a palace like none other in America. Thanks again for rolling back the clock to what, for me at least, was a kinder and gentler time.
Chris Baker (christophr.baker@lw.com)
Los Angeles, CA USA - Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 16:44:23 EST

You've done a great job preserving a part of the history and magnificence of the area.  I played at "Stotesbury Mansion" as a child, too: exploring the many rooms and corridors; imagining scuba diving the flooded subterranean levels.  Although its presence has passed, Whitemarsh Hall's memory is kept alive through yours.  Thank you.
Dennis Holt (DBholt@erols.com)
Jeffersonville, PA USA - Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 09:01:35 EST

You have a wonderful web site here, thank  you for visiting my site.
Carla (goholin@hotmail.com)
GA USA - Tuesday, November 10, 1998 at 11:08:07 EST

Great Page! Will be back to visit often!
WGB (wgb@wgbcreations.com)
CA, USA - Monday, November 09, 1998 at 10:58:27 EST

I grew up in Wyndmoor about a block from Whitemarsh Hall. Some of my strongest childhood memories revolve around the mansion. Having grown up so close, it was always in the background of our daily lives. I can still perfectly envision the secret tunnels we found that led us from the gardens into the rotting building. (We we a lot more adventurous and seemlingly invinsible back then.) I've had an interest in it ever since my friend and I wrote a report on the estate when we were in 6th grade. We walked home from school every day through the old grounds, watching them decay and crumble through the years. My brothers and I often thought of it as our "childhood playground." I used to stand at the foot of what once was the great staircase and imagine what it like back in its day. Thanks for putting this site together. I've often thought that if I had time to write a book, it would revolve around the old mansion.
Cara Levinson (clevinson@fmgnet.com)
Phila, PA USA - Wednesday, November 04, 1998 at 16:25:36 EST

Great site.  I loved the setup.
James McEachern (pmtt@aol.com)
Ferndale, WA USA - Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 17:22:03 EST

I just wanted to thank you for your pages on the Stotesbury Mansion. I was born and raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philly from 1953 to 1973. I moved to Florida with my family in 1973 and moved back to Philly to attend college in 1974 to 1976. This weekend I was telling my roommate about the mansion and my vivid memories of many adventurous trips there with my friends. The only problem was it was very hard to describe the mansion. How lucky was I that I found your site and could share this part of my life with someone else. I will never forget my trips through that mansion. I often wondered what became of it and now I know, thanks to you. It would be interesting to see what the area looks like now (with the townhouses and other real estate) and if pieces of Stotesbury are scattered within. Thanks again.
Laura Israel (lapasu@webtv.net)
Davie, Fl USA - Monday, October 26, 1998 at 23:21:03 EST

I've written to you before, but in visiting your site again, I do have a question, did you take the demolition pics yourself? What was it like watching them tear it down? Did they make any unusualy discoveries or find things they didn't expect to? I still wonder about those subbasements, I guess I'm kind of like a curious little kid still. I know you weren't in the basements much because we have discussed this before. Have you had a lot of visitors to this site? Thanks
Gillian Andersen (gilliana@yucca.net)
Portales, NM USA - Friday, October 23, 1998 at 00:25:07 EDT

Gerry; Your web site is the best that I have ever visited. You certainly took many hours to build it. I appreciated it very much. I spent many hours at Stotesbury by myself and with my children back in the early 70's. I lived in North Hills at the time and the mansion was so close. Even then I was sad about the disrepair of such a beautiful place built out of the deep love for Eva and her homeland. I can still see the regal front entrance as I stood before it. Shame on us for not protecting it. Your photos were wonderful and should be in our national archives. Your latest ones show so much loneliness and remind of Stonehenge. They brought tears. How frail man and what he leaves behind.
Len Morley (lamorley@bellatlantic.net)
Wallingford, PA USA - Wednesday, October 21, 1998 at 21:47:12 EDT

I didn't get a chance to view everything, but plan to when my monitor is clearer.  You must be very proud of Diana, it's nice to see a young lady interested in nature.  I hope the two of you can always share this passion together.  When I get some more time I will check out your site. Tell Diana I'm impressed with her sighting of birds, and the fact that she has kept a detailed account of her sightings.
Cyn Dames (loverbutton@hotmail.com)
NJ USA - Saturday, October 17, 1998 at 20:29:12 EDT

We were working on the underground electric in front of the townhomes when I came across the pillers from the old mansiom.I had to see if I could find pictures and I did. The estate was amasing..
Frank Seibel (franks.cyberix.com)
Oakford, PA USA - Wednesday, October 14, 1998 at 22:51:37 EDT

 

~~GrEeTiNgS oF PeAcE~ Hi Gerry and Diana, i really liked your pages alot and am happy you stopped by mine and signed my book so i could find you. my fav place on your page Gerry was your photo. it made me LOL! :P...and Diana's bird watching is really cool. Diana, you should talk Dad into an exotic tripto Costa Rica to the bird sanctuary there. you can hike thru it and see the Quetzals there. they are VERY amazing parrots with longgg tails.  Thanks for putting such a positive site onto the www~

*Sharing *Tolerance *Love *Peace *Joy *Unity *Diversity *Compassion *Action *Life* ~~HaNd 2 HaNd & HeArT 2 HeArT~~PeAcE iS PoSsIbLe~~
WiTh Love~~Ladybear~
Ladybear  (ladybear@snowcrest.net)
Mt Shasta via NJ, Ca USA - Tuesday, October 13, 1998 at 22:43:55 EDT

Gerry, What a fantastic job you have done with providing history, photos and memories of Stotesbury Mansion!!! You may remember me as a childhood friend of your sister, Donna. I spent a lot of time at your house enjoying your family's hospitality. I can still see you parked in front of the T.V. watching Star Trek and doing imitations of Mr. Spock!! Your interests were varied even then so it comes as no surprise to me that yours is THE website for the history of Stotesbury. I grew up across the schoolyard from your family but moved to a house in Whitemarsh Village on MacArthur Road when I was 15 years old. I can remember as a young child the art show that was to take place at Stotesbury. I begged my Mom to take me but I never got there. I regret it to this day. I do remember sneaking up there with my brother Dick and his friends on occasion. It was both scary and enthralling seeing the ruins and imagining what life was like for the family that built it. For years I kept a piece of marble shaped like a bar of soap that I found in the ballroom on one of my excursions. One trip took me into the first basement where I expected to find a bowling alley. All I could see in the darkness was a room that looked like a tool storage area. All of the area above a work bench was peg-board and had outlines of the tools that should have hung there. I believe that by that time, PenWalt had been and gone. Memories of cutting class at Springfield and sneaking up to the mansion (always trying to avoid Springfield's Finest) are kept close to my heart. I know that one at least one occasion Donna and I had to have snuck up there to explore. We both were fond of having the life scared out of us and Stotesbury was the place to have that happen. I was in Philadelphia for 2 weeks this past September for the first time in 4 years and my brother took me through what is left of the estate. I was saddened to see what little could be saved. Now I know that I can visit the Stotesbury that I remember whenever I want just by clicking on your comprehensive website. Thank you!! I am putting your website in my favorites as I have come nowhere near exploring all of it. I did visit your wine cellar with the photo of you and the accompanying message. Both are typical of the Gerry I remember. I have often wondered what Donna is doing, as we lost touch out of high school. Please tell her that I was asking for her. I hope that your family is well. I drove by your parents house while I was there but didn't see anyone at home. I would have loved to see your Mom and Dad. E-mail me if you have the time as I'd love to hear from you! Keep up the great work!! All the best to you and Diana!
Betsy Ehnts (Spookyjones@webtv.net)
Tucson, AZ USA - Saturday, October 10, 1998 at 15:38:09 EDT

I am Stotesbury's Great Great Grandson. You really have done a great service to our family by creating this web page.  It was a great tragedy that Whitemarsh Hall was destroyed.  I drove through the development the other day and was very saddened.  The old gatehouse sure is cool, though!  I wish he hadn't squandered that mighty fortune!
Will Eglin (tweglin@lxp.com)
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, October 06, 1998 at 21:46:48 EDT

Hi there ...
I want to Thank you for going by my homepage and for signing my Guestbook!
I  appreciate your leaving me your Link here to this wonderful page that I have just spent 2 and a half hours at!
This Mansion was one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen .... it was heartbreaking seeing all the destruction thru your photos.
This place truly deserves more than one look around!
ELOINE (ELnWees@hotmail.com)
C., Fl USA - Saturday, October 03, 1998 at 01:11:29 EDT

Loved your page!  (I'm a great-great grandson of Mr. Stotesbury.
Edward Stotesbury Eglin (eseglin@alumni.princeton.edu)
USA - Friday, October 02, 1998 at 14:01:37 EDT

thanks for stoping by my page-you have a nice site
http://www.bigfoot.com/~LADYBUTTERCUP
Lady Buttercup (ladybuttercup@bigfoot.com)
Dallas, TX USA - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 22:03:43 EDT

my my, Diana, your bird list is very impressive. so is your page. keep up the good work!
Holly Foster
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 19:12:32 EDT

Great site
Deb Joers (wentworthplace@worldnet.att.net)
Rosemont, PA USA - Friday, September 25, 1998 at 19:54:13 EDT

Hi!. Just a small note to let u know that we (me & my wife) visited your page. We are quiet travelers but could'nt resist the urge to leave a note here as your page is a lot more different than a lot of other boring homepages. Believe me....*Smile...**...we do sign only good pages...!!! Overall... a good effort. We would like to see more content and photos and will definitly visit you again soon...We live at
a&M
kUWAIT - Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 07:11:29 EDT

Hiya.. Great page.. Thanx for visiting mine! Your page is really.. umm.. neat! mine is messy! GTG! lata.. Amanda
Amanda (mandah@gurlmail.com)
Sydney, Australia - Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at 01:12:28 EDT

I like your page, it's very nice! Check out my page if you get a chance! ~~ Very Cool !! ~~ BYE!
Driver78 (Driver@aol.com)
Hotlanta, DE USA - Tuesday, September 22, 1998 at 04:31:35 EDT

Hi, Enjoyed the visit to your site very much. The tour was wonderful and the photos are great. Also enjoyed your daugther's page as I have a daugther who is almost 14 years old. Please visit her site at: http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Glade/1184/ It has her horse on it, well one of them and many horse links and other neat things and be sure and leave your hoof-print in her guestbook while in Texas!
Thanks and God Bless,
Sheila (britt@WF.net)
Jacksboro, TX USA - Thursday, September 17, 1998 at 04:42:51 EDT

interested in knowing more about yafi!!!!  regards
anwar yafi (coliseum @ emirates.net.ae)
dubai, uae - Wednesday, September 16, 1998 at 12:18:26 EDT

Gerry, this page kicks ass!! I have lived in Bucks County for 24 years and never heard of Whitemarsh Hall. Thanks for the tour and keep up the great work!
Bruce McCullagh
USA - Tuesday, September 08, 1998 at 18:58:54 EDT

Hi, just surfed on in from someone else's guestbook.  You do have a great site, neat and nice pics, i do enjoy my stay a lot.  Keep it on and best regards, Joyce ^-^ (p.s. if you do have time, pls free feel to have a look at my MIDI Island: http://members.freehp.net/midi  Thanks a lot. cu)
Joyce (joyce_leung@rocketmail.com)
Tai Po, NT Hong Kong - Wednesday, September 02, 1998 at 21:53:01 EDT

Was very impressed with the info on Whitemarsh Hall. I grew up in West Oak Lane and spent a lot of time out there in the 50's I loved that place like you obviously do and still think it was crime to tear it down. I dated a girl who lived in one of the early developments on a part of the grounds. In fact she kept a horse in what I guess was one of the old barns on the estate. It was great to see the pictures of the gardens. They were still being kept up when I used to go up there.
Vic Rinker (vgrinker@fast.net)
Sicklerville, NJ USA - Friday, August 28, 1998 at 11:26:47 EDT

Just surfing around this a.m., visited your awesome website. Tabled your recommendation to visit the WM Hall until another visit, and went directly to your wine cellar, mighty fine!! and then enjoyed a few photos you have shared. I am now inspired to build a webpage also. See you around,
Rain Sky
Rain Burroughs (MKSKY@aol.com)
Washington, PA USA - Friday, August 28, 1998 at 10:35:24 EDT

I love the picture of you in your wine cellar.  Good job.
Lynn Dougherty (lynnpd@worldnet.att.net)
Haddon Township, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 26, 1998 at 18:22:28 EDT

Very interesting! I grew up in Philly and used to hang out at Stotesbury myself. It was a dangerous place, though. One time my sister almost fell down an elevator shaft!
Gillian Andersen (gilliana@yucca.netI guess)
USA - Monday, August 17, 1998 at 03:30:07 EDT

What a wonderful site, Gerry! I can't thank you enough for the in-depth story of Whitemarsh Hall. I'm 28 years old, and I spent every summer with my grandmother at her Stotesbury townhouse when I was a child.. Of course, I became absolutely fascinated with the mansion its story. The first time I saw Stotesbury, only the columns and back terrace were standing....and the demolition crews had left all of the rubble lying about. I would spend hours searching the grounds and the debris. Unfortunately, the local library had very little information on the mansion....so I saw just a few pictures early on. This evening it dawned on me to try searching the web for more Stotesbury information....and I wasn't dissapointed! I've never seen such a complete pictorial complete with the history. You've done a great job!!! Best wishes!
Michelle Haley (haley007@bellsouth.net)
Atlanta, GA USA - Saturday, August 15, 1998 at 20:55:42 EDT

Thanks for putting up this site!  I never got to see the Stotesbury mansion, having heard about it just as it was demolished.  I've been to the grounds a few times since and, for 15 years, have been wondering what the mansion looked like.  Thank you for showing me.
Charles Connolly (CConnoll@ix.netcom.com)
Phila, PA USA - Wednesday, August 05, 1998 at 10:58:58 EDT

WOW, I found this place while searching for something else but I am happy I did. I too grew up with the mansion. I spent lots of time there exploring every room, tunnel, fountain and the grouds themselves. Remember George the guard? He lived in a small room right off the main lobby around 1968 or so? Remember the art show around the same time. I was the kid at the door with the clicker counting the people. I loved this place, thank you for doing this. I did many things for the first time at this place, I will never forget it.  <http://www.wagenwerks.com>
Howard Pitkow (vwhoward@wagenwerks.com) Wyndmoor, PA USA - Wednesday, July 29, 1998 at 23:58:21 EDT

Hello Gerry & Diana, I'm from Singapore.  It is truly amazing cruising thru your websites.  I've not been to US and it is an honour to be educated on Whitemarsh Hall.  And, Diana's list of birds is astounding.  I'm not much of a bird person, but have always been fasinated with Owls.  Well, Diana, all I can say is I'm in awe.  Yes, I visited the spallone site as well as the wine cellar.  I love Chablis and have heard of the sauvignon cabernet and Lalande.  Not because I'm a wine connosier, but because my ex-boss is one.  We've to keep up the list of his wine purchases and so was familiar with a name or two.  Particularly Mouton Rothschild and Charlemagne.  Anyway, should either of you wish to keep in contact, pls email me at above address. Take care & God bless!
Pauline Low (anon.cobra53@match.com)
Singapore, Singapore - Saturday, July 25, 1998 at 14:44:50 EDT

Thank you for taking the time create this wonderful page. I grew up around Norristown, PA. On or about Thanksgiving Eve of 1968 or 1969, I and three of my teenage friends had taken our dates home by midnight and decided to pull an all nighter. One of them had heard about "The Stotesbury Mansion" and we decided to go there. Around 3:00 AM we parked our car in a near by subdivision and sneaked onto the grounds. It was a moon lit night and we could see the old mansion looming in the distance. It was scary. I was told the house had an elaborate security system and we would be taken to jail, fined, and our parents would be called if we were caught. Even in the dim light, I had never seen anything like this before and the impression has stayed with me for 30 years now. We explored the grounds, the fountains and the inside of the house. Although the mansion and grounds were in deteriorated state I felt we were on some kind of sacred ground. As it was getting daylight I was looking out a top floor window and saw two police cars driving onto the grounds approaching the house. We climbed out of a window onto the roof, closed the window and waited quietly, with our hearts pounding, as the cops searched the house. We could hear them going from room to room and they passed through the room adjacent to where we were hiding. Finally they left and we made our escape. I often thought of that night over the years and several times in book stores I looked to see if I could find any information and perhaps some photos of the estate. I found one picture in a book called, "The American Country House". There was an aerial photo of the house but no other information. I wondered when I first saw the estate and many times since how it came to be and what ever happened to it. Your page answered those questions. I appreciate finally knowing the real story, but am very sorry the estate could not have been saved.
Bob Kulp (dewar10@mindspring.com)
Roswell, GA USA - Thursday, July 09, 1998 at 01:27:20 EDT


I live here at Stotesbury and like many other visitors to your site, grew up in the area hearing all sorts of stories of the mansion and those lived or visited here. As much as I would have loved to see it restored, I can say that it is a wonderful place to live today -- My house overlooks the entire north valley and from my front windows I can see many of the "monuments" of the old house. It is quite and peaceful here. We have wonderful sunsets and I have witnessed at least four bright, full rainbows. And while walking around the grounds at twilight (or taking the dog out at 4AM!) you can almost here the faint whisper of violins, fountains and party laughter from ages past.
Cathy (cathy5@gateway.net)
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Saturday, July 04, 1998 at 09:28:31 EDT


I enjoyed reading your list of favorite wines. I'm building a log cabin in southern Indiana and will be starting a wine collection.
Mike Kelley (dbxs74a@prodigy.com)
Indianapolis, IN USA - Thursday, July 02, 1998 at 22:26:37 EDT


I really love the history of this area and unfortunitally all I can remember is the demolation of Whitemarsh Hall and all of the talk about it. Thanks for the history
michele (chele567@aol)
WYNDMOOR, PA USA - Wednesday, June 24, 1998 at 17:07:49 EDT


I would just like to say that this is a wonderful little sight, very pleasent, and that the sauce was a great sucess with my family...also if you have any good reeipes I would love if you would share them with me I'm always looking to broden my cooking Thanks for the great receipe, Bekah M.
Bekah M. (Sabbygrl7@aol.com)
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at 16:16:29 EDT


The photo of you in the wine cellar is priceless!
Conni
Acer America Corporation
Plymouth Meeting, PA USA - Friday, June 19, 1998 at 04:18:22 EDT


The coverage of Whitemarsh Hall, including the data from 'Twilight of Splendor' is simply fantastic. I visited WH in 1975 after reading about its sad shape in the Evening Bulletin's 'Today' magazine. My mother knew exactly where it was having grown up down Cheltenham Ave. and having been chased off by Army personnel guarding the MMA artwork. It was a shock. Pennwalt should be prosecuted!!! You were lucky to get photos at all- I underestimated what I would find, and overestimated its future prospects. Still as an architectural scholar I know now how crucial it is that such buildings be maintained as invaluable study aids- compare the aberrations going up in place of WH now- no art value there! Imagine what it might have been as a retirement home- convention centre- golf course- research library- anything else!!! We need to remember these treasures and actively support them!! Thanks for a most informative site and I hope to see more like it in future. -Jay
J Cherubini II (JComet@aol.com)
Jonnie Comet Productions
Riverside, NJ USA - Thursday, June 04, 1998 at 11:12:48 EDT


I am 27 years old and when I was only 6 or 7 my father took me to the ruins of Whitmarsh Hall. It has forever been in my memory and has remained an unanswered fascination until now. Thank you for such a great page!
Al Beatty (abeatty@isinet.com)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, May 19, 1998 at 14:47:12 EDT


Hey Gerry, great website!! How appropriate a Whitemarsh Hall page was created by you! I remember all our 'math' classes up there :) It is truly a crime it was torn down and my heart broke when I read that. I have some photos you may be interested in scanning. It has been great chatting with you again and look forward to chatting soon. Keep up the good work. Say a special hello to Diana.
Marcia (Marsal13.aol.com)
San Jose, USA - Monday, May 18, 1998 at 17:44:55 EDT


Wow. I grew up on Stotebury Road, born in 1968. I went up to the mansion several times as a kid and have always had a fascination with it especially after moving away. Even as a kid I wondered why no one would save it and I remember when it was up for sale to the township for $1. Now I can see how it could have been saved to make a beautiful art museum and cultural spot, not unlike the Versailles after which it was modelled. Truly a wonderful site that brought back a lot of great memories.
Fred Sherman (fmsherm@unistudios.com)
Universal Studios
Universal City, CA USA - Monday, May 18, 1998 at 05:46:23 EDT


Quite impressive. Best website I've seen.
Susan Murray (suzeok10@aol.com)
lafayette hill, pa USA - Sunday, May 17, 1998 at 15:37:58 EDT


this mansion and I have a long history. I love your page and the maemories it brings.
nancy wallace (themom99@aol.com)
lafayette hill, pa USA - Sunday, April 26, 1998 at 00:19:20 EDT

Dear Gerry I signed in for another tour of Whitemarsh Hall -- many thanks for the fascinating extra dimensions that you've added to the site since I last looked in August last year! All the best, John A Stotesbury
John A Stotesbury (john.stotesbury@joensuu.fi)
University of Joensuu
Joensuu, Finland - Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 06:34:39 EDT


Great site! Brought back memmories. explored it numerous times with friends, always looking for something new. Loved the underground tunnels. After showing my children the pictures they now believe the stories I've told them.
J HAWKINS (COACH105LB)
GLENSIDE, PA USA - Sunday, April 12, 1998 at 17:38:54 EDT


Hi, I love the page. I visited your kitchen and was shocked to see the Spallone name there. Who is this Spallone? Hopefully a relative! Ill let you know how my family likes the sauce. Thanks hope to hear from you soon. Chow! Rob Spallone
Rob Spallone (rrspallone@pcisys.net)
USAF
Fountain, CO USA - Wednesday, April 08, 1998 at 23:56:14 EDT


Hi Gerry. It was nice chatting with you about whitemarsh hall and other things. So sorry to hear what you have to go through just to see your daughter. You both seem to have a special relationship. Wishing you all the best. Allison
Allison (Atrill39@aol.com)
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, April 07, 1998 at 17:06:05 EDT


Real nice site. Excellent work. Keep it up, Whitemarsh Hall is fantastic.
Don P. Gallagher
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, April 02, 1998 at 19:48:46 EST


Grew up not far from WH myself. Loved your presentation. Great shots... Took me back to a great time... BTW, did you know that the centerpiece statues from the rotundas are in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art?
Richard Hartley (rhdtp@op.net)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, March 28, 1998 at 18:35:58 EST


Gerry, I really quite enjoyed this site...it makes my heart soar to see the original photos of that beautiful place, but at the same time it makes me quite sad to see it demolished...I'm a student at Temple Ambler and I was hoping to research and study Whitemarsh Hall for a project for my Landscape Design Studio...I was very saddened to find it had been demolished, especially to make way for the development I saw in your photos. It was a truly beautiful place and I can see how it was or still is very special to you...I would give much to have it here today so I could also enjoy it. I love seeing architecture and gardens of that nature and time period. Very nice documentation of the site and the photos are truly amazing....Keep it up.. Jason Curtis, Temple University Ambler, 25 March, 1998
Jason Curtis (jcurti01@astro.ocis.temple.edu)
Hmmmmmm....
Ambler, PA USA - Wednesday, March 25, 1998 at 22:41:05 EST


Hey Gerry... maybe we're related? My family is from St. Marys Pennsylvania and from your picture we could be brothers. Know of any good info on the Serianni family tree(s)? Great page, I'll visit again when I have more time. Best wishes, Tomji Serianni
Tomji Serianni (Tomjis@aol.com)
Guerneville, CA USA - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 16:00:53 EST


Great job Gerry wish more people was like you.
Connie (nofuzz3@aol.com)
Bowie, Md USA - Sunday, March 15, 1998 at 15:51:38 EST


what is it with you and aliens? extraordinary site. enjoyed my tours, all of them. keep up the great work.
Kelly T.
adirondack
Quakertown, Pa USA - Friday, March 13, 1998 at 18:07:14 EST


I really like the idea that someone is putting pictures of our state forest lands on the internet. I hope you continue to do this in the future. You should consider some of the vistas in Sproul State Forest for your pictures. You should take a picture of the first piece of state forest land puchased by the forestry. It is located on st. rt. 144 south... Fishdam wild area.
Jason Stellfox (mule98@hotmail.com)
Renovo, PA USA - Thursday, March 12, 1998 at 12:13:09 EST


Charming!!!!
Maggie
Pa USA - Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 00:28:44 EST


The pictures of the Stotesbury mansion are great. My heart literally sank when I saw the demolition pictures. Thanks for putting up such a great site.
Eric V. Michels (em56441@aol.com)
Fargo, ND USA - Thursday, March 05, 1998 at 02:27:11 EST


Jerry: Thanks for the pictures of Stotesbury. I grew up a few blocks from it and near the Morris Arboreadum - another place certainly familier to you. While I never actually entered the house, I do recall riding around it as a child trying to get a better look at it. Also, I recall my Dad telling me that my Grand parents visited the house at some time under the pretense of buying it. I also recall a story, probably untrue, that the bathroom fixtures were made of gold or simply gold plated and that party guests had once been caught trying to run off with faucets, etc. Who knows whether or not that's true. Anyway, thanks for the pictures, and good luck with the paper!
George (Rocky13643@aol.com)
Arlington, VA USA - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 21:24:59 EST


Truly relaxing...soothing to the soul.
Sherry Wood (Prncess289@aol.com)
Albemarle, NC USA - Saturday, February 28, 1998 at 03:00:51 EST


I am doing a paper on Whitemarsh Hall. Your page on the masterpiece really peaked my interest even more. As a history and art history major I really don't understand why this magnificant building had to be destoryed and for what? A new housing development. This is my horro why such incredible buildings are demolished. If you have any suggestions to where I can find more information on this topic and where you found all of your material I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for spending so much time on this great site. Heather Lawrence
Heather Lawrence (hlawre01@astro.ocis.temple.edu)
Devon, PA USA - Thursday, February 26, 1998 at 10:57:02 EST


I am so thankful that someone (you!) had the interest to pay tribute to a truly amazing place like Whitemarsh Hall. Anyone who had the opportunity to see it, even in its awful state of disrepair, couldn't help but be in awe of its magnificence and certain grandeur in its day. These pictures tell the whole story. I've downloaded almost all of them. Thanks so much!
Rob (rwex@mindspring.com)
Erdenheim, PA USA - Wednesday, February 25, 1998 at 23:36:47 EST


Hey Gerry - Just stopped in for a revisit. Have been out of work due to a knee operation and can finally sit (for short periods of time) at the computer to surf again!!!!! Revisited your page and was again transported by the pics et al. You and your daughter's creativity are truely wonderful. Take care, keep up the good work, and e-mail me sometime....
Pam Lepper (DragonIze@AOL.com)
Newark, DE USA - Wednesday, February 25, 1998 at 09:12:11 EST


how you doing cuz
Joe Serianni (seriaj55@aol.com)
PNC Bank
North Wales, Pa USA - Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 17:01:19 EST


Daughter found daddy passed out in the wine cellar again, eh??
Michele (LuvLear@aol/com)
Wilm, De USA - Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 22:36:55 EST


From one Italian to another....We got the power.....
Michelle (m_corso@hotmail.com)
Erial, NJ USA - Saturday, February 14, 1998 at 19:24:08 EST


Your cell stirring accessory might be just the ticket for my customer @ RW Johnson PRI, San Diego. 'Glad Bill Snyder (our Spectro. Prod. Mgr) told me about you folks. PLEASE look him up at PITTCON. Perhaps you've other novelties that we can sell!
Tony Bottone (tbottone@hii.hitachi.com)
HITACHI Instruments, Inc.
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, February 06, 1998 at 21:21:38 EST


YOUR PAGE LOOKS GREAT. IT GIVES ME AN INCENTIVE TO START WORKING ON MY HOME PAGE. THANKS!
PA USA - Tuesday, February 03, 1998 at 10:52:46 EST


Kewl!
Guess
USA - Thursday, January 29, 1998 at 17:31:50 EST


A fine presentation of style, humor, fine dining and the more important quality of all, caring. I will visit here many more times.
Carol P (cp2345@aol.com)
USA - Sunday, January 25, 1998 at 10:49:19 EST


Great web pages, I enjoyed your photography. Nice wine cellar, do you have any Chateau Mouton Rothchild in there? Does Spectrocell stock VIS cuvettes for Coleman colorimeter?
David Wiley
Providence, RI USA - Saturday, January 24, 1998 at 14:11:21 EST


Gerry, Thanks for the note about the bird pictures ! They were worth the visit. You've captured several of my favorites. I always hear a veery in the woods around my house in the summer, but I never seem to catch a glimpse of him. The same with the black-crowned night heron. HOW DO YOU CATCH THEM? ! I'll be stopping back again for some recipes... Take care.
Kai
Honeybrook, PA USA - Friday, January 23, 1998 at 20:43:46 EST


Gerry, where have you been? I miss chatting with you.
Kim
USA - Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 18:14:05 EST


To Gerry, nice house sheet or home page or what ever you call it. It is nice, like my nephew. I don't understand it all but it is interesting. Find yourself a nice Italian girl. Call us soon.
Aunt Mary (dona hava one!)
USA - Thursday, January 15, 1998 at 19:27:07 EST


nice that you took the time to create something that your daughter will remember for the two of you. SANDY
Sandy (slc101352@aol.com)
Phila, Pa USA - Wednesday, January 14, 1998 at 14:13:08 EST


Hi Gerry! Only had time for a quick look today at Diana's page, but what I saw was great. Its nice that you both did this together. I'll be back for a better look later.
Cher (dustmoth@aol.com)
Medford, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 14, 1998 at 12:51:54 EST


My daughter and I loved you page... How nice that you and your daughter took the time to do this together. This restores my faith in true parenting in the nineties. One thing now is...sometimes the kids are teaching the parents...(aol)haha.
Cyndi..and my 16yr daughter Meryl
PA USA - Monday, January 12, 1998 at 23:38:33 EST


Hi. It's me again. Diana's stuff is really cool and I love your pix (especially the animal ones). I'm putting this page on my "favorite places" list. Raymer says "hi". :-)
Sara Jones (FANOFTLJ@AOL.COM)
Waterford, MI USA - Monday, January 12, 1998 at 16:47:22 EST


Nice page, I enjoyed it. Your photos of the southwest are very good.
Tom Marcus
Orange, NJ USA - Sunday, January 11, 1998 at 16:58:06 EST


Yo Gerry. This page rocks. I especially liked the music. I couldn't see the pix because my computer is a pile of junk, but I'm gonna see them later at the CyberCafe. Raymer and I are going to come down there and you can cook us some Fettuccine Alfredo, o.k.? Tell Diana I said "HI" :-)
Sara E. Jones (FANOFTLJ@AOL.COM)
Waterford, MI USA - Saturday, January 10, 1998 at 08:10:44 EST


this hyere webbed page you n dyanna done did is far out there dude! da pix is beeutifull n ah spent hours n hours alookin at em n wishin i cud go there to n ah lahked dyannas birdz n ah lahked yer outdoorsey ones n ifn yaall got sum time yaall kin cum up hyere n hep me with mah webbed page n liv long n prospur earthlings!
da hunky honky (alias rick raymer) (rhraymer@jupiter.acs.oakland.edu)
oakland university dept of computer science
rochester hills, mi USA - Thursday, January 08, 1998 at 23:27:57 EST


>>>1998<<< HAPPY NEW YEAR GERRY!!! <<<1998>>> I HOPE THIS IS THE BEST YEAR YET FOR YOU, WISHING YOU MUCH LOVE, HOPE, HAPPINESS, GOOD HEALTH, GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD FAMILY TIMES, & LAST BUT NOT LEAST PLENTY OF GOOD WINE TO GO AROUND. (HA,HA,HA.) THOUGHT YOU'D GET A KICK OUT OF THAT ONE. signed:the messy one ;)
carol drigo (cbd60phil@aol.com)
phila, pa USA - Sunday, January 04, 1998 at 11:39:00 EST


interesting page. i can tell you grew up in the sixties
Johnny
OK USA - Saturday, January 03, 1998 at 18:29:17 EST


Nice site. I enjoyed my visit.
Richard Cox (rcox4@ix.netcom.com)
Boulder, CO USA - Thursday, January 01, 1998 at 22:34:07 EST