1999

1999


FASCINATING! WHAT A LOSS....
SALLY PAYNE BRENNAN (WATERMARK@PORTCITYONLINE.COM)
MOBILE, AL USA - Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 11:47:20 EST

Very interesting site, I'm confused on the spelling. The first picture on your site shows a business with the Siri... spelling. I have direct roots to Soveria Mannelli and just now have begun to explore them. My Grandfather Giovanni, Son of Francesco and Tommasina Sirianni left Soveria Mannelli in 1910. He had four brothers Nitale, Battista, Guiseppi, and Ernesto. Ernesto was last reported living in Soveria in 1988. Can anybody shed any light on who remains and how to contact them?
Chris Sirianni (chrisls@home.com)
Mercer Island, WA USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 20:11:13 EST

Hello Gerry, great website!! I grew up in Avezzano through high school graduation when my dad was transferred to Roma, where I attended University and eventually emigrated to Canada in 1966. I was touched by your ancestors tragic experience with the deadly earthquake of 1915. I will never forget my dad describing to me that frightful experience (he was 9 years old at the time), but he and his family were lucky to survive the earthquake, although their house was heavily damaged (they lived in the village of S. Anatolia, 20 km WNW of Avezzano). Your photos are great! For sure I will be visiting your site again. Ciao,ciao
Vittorio Panei (paneiv@cadvision.com)
Calgary, AB Canada - Saturday, December 25, 1999 at 22:44:39 EST

Your pictorial was a fun trip back down memory lane. I use to visit "Stotesbury Mansion" when I was in High School. I always regretted not take any pictures myself. It was a fantastic place to explore or take a date. I especially liked the photo's from 1979. That was the year I graduated from High School, and it brought back a flood of memories. I lived in Lansdale when I use to come to the mansion. I have since moved with my family to Glenside and live five minutes from it now. Thanks for the pictures, they were fantastic. 
Bill Moore (bimo@home.com)
Glenside, PA USA - Thursday, December 23, 1999 at 19:48:00 EST


i live within a few miles of the mansion ruins on bethlehem pike, and i just discovered the remains of the mansion within the past year; i have been captivated by them ever since. i was utterly delighted to find your webpage! so much that i had always wanted to know was answered. i have visited the ruins many times, and have tried my hand at photography on numerous occasions, and many of my pictures match yours...it was rather creepy. but seeing pictures of the real mansion was even more startling; i was delighted to be able to see how the fragments i see today fit into a complete whole, how the watchtower and lower fountain were placed in relation to the actual building, etc. i am so disappointed that i never got to see the mansion in its full glory...and i envy all those who posted in this guestbook that were more fortunate than me! if i could go back in time to any time or any place, my first choice would be to see the hall when it was intact. is it true that there was a bowling alley in the basement? thank you so much for all your other information! i will tell all my friends who frequent the ruins (and get arrested, more often then not...) to check out this site instead.
Lauren Wingert (sunshine836@hotmail.com)
Erdenheim, PA USA - Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 00:58:34 EST

Gerry, I found your web site extremely interesting. I too was born and raised in Wyndmoor, I went to Wyndmoor grade School which is practically across from the Stotesbury's Gate house on Willow Grove Ave. Although we share the same last name I don't think we are related, at least our family never thought we were. In regards to Stotesbury's (Whitemarsh Hall) as a young boy in the early 1930s I remember climbing "them thar" man made,(myth or not) hills surrounding the mansion. Numerous times I saw Mr. Stotesbury's Limo pass by while I was securely out of sight behind a statue or a tree. I remember sitting on top of those hills where I could get a magnificent view to paint my picture. Back then I surely knew that I was looking at something TRULLY AWESOME. During the Depression after a large party, Mr. Stotesbury would direct his help to place the extra food in boxes at his personal dump so the towns people could help themselves. There were whole cooked turkeys, beef, vegetables and various fresh fruit. The dump was located in a field which is now Beach Lane. There was a lot of gossip around town about the fact that they had solid gold door knockers and door knobs etc. There was also talk he used to drive by Willow Grove Ave. and toss silver dollors out the windows, although I never saw that myself.
Wm. F. Serianni (lynandbill@hitter.net)
Lecanto , Fl USA - Wednesday, December 15, 1999 at 13:47:14 EST

i'm very happy to see some sons of emigrants remembering avezzano!
claudio de ciantis
avezzano, italy - Thursday, December 09, 1999 at 13:05:05 EST


My father's family is from Niagara Falls, NY. I know that my great-grandmother came from the old country. I have never found another Serianni outside of Niagara Falls NY!
Dawne Serianni Myers
VT USA - Wednesday, December 08, 1999 at 18:05:40 EST

Dear Gerry: Found your web site very very interesting and a lot of fun. I see that that we share many common interests, including a love of our Italian heritage. All the best.
Leon J. Radomile (leon@myheritageculture.com)
Novato, CA USA - Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 09:13:36 EST

un caloroso saluto a tutti i calabresi nel mondo. vi invito a visitare

Ciao
Cristina (cristinaseverino@madeincalabria.com)
Catanzaro, ITALIA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 13:57:41 EST


Nice site! My British list is 317 to date. I'm over in Canada next August, looking forward to seeing some North American stuff. All the best, happy birding!
Paul Freestone (paul@little-miss-naughty.freeserve.co.uk)
Doncaster, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 27, 1999 at 16:00:01 EST


Are you related to Rod Serianni? I remember him from Hartwell Lane Elementary. We used to watch Dark Shadows together over the phone.
Laurie Levin-Porter (Becket@Mindspring.com)
Trenton, NJ USA - Saturday, November 27, 1999 at 11:25:26 EST

I learned about your wonderful website at the Old York Road Historical Society. What a great loss it was when this house and garden was destroyed. Thanks for the wonderful website.
Robert Skaler (forensicarch@home.com)
Cheltenham, pa USA - Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at 22:31:47 EST

I really enjoyed your site. As a teenager growing up in the area my friends and I would go to Stotesbury to check it out. It was awesome even though it was pretty much destroyed by then. We used to wonder in and out of the many rooms, and I could just imagine how everything was so many years ago. Outside the gardens were all overgrown and huge statues had been toppled over and broken. Usually the police would chase everyone out of the house, although we did no harm. Thanks for the memories.
Deborah (DLCoppola1@AOL.com)
Horsham, PA USA - Monday, November 22, 1999 at 13:20:54 EST


awesome!
lydia prieto
pecos, tx USA - Friday, November 19, 1999 at 17:35:10 EST

I've had delightful time browsing around and I can assure you I'll be returning. Please drop-by to my corner http://welcome.to/acuan
Lukman Herry / Acuan (acuan@mail.com)
Jakarta, Indonesia - Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 01:38:58 EST


I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the great story of Whitemarsh Hall. It was presented in a very readable and engrossing way that portrayed a very different time. I have read a lot of books on J.P. Morgan and the exploits of the very wealthy of this time period. Whitemarsh Hall was a beautiful example of the excess of the times and the excentric but powerful character that lived backed then. It is a shame that such a grand old house had to be torn down but yet how could a family or a city ever keep up such a pile of stone. I still think if I had the money in excess I would build a house like Whitemarsh Hall instead of rustic lodge like Mr. Gates built. Oh well, I guess it won't be a decision I will have to make anytime soon. Great site and thank for putting on a informative visit.
Paul Thomas Elrod (paul2b@yahoo.com)
Marysville, OH USA - Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 11:49:19 EST


What a splendid Web site! I enjoyed the tours of America's Vanished Versailles. I am so impressed with your work and perspective that I very much want to discuss your writing an article about WH for our state history magazine. Please e-mail or telephone (717-787-7522) as soon as you are able. Thanks! 
Michael J. O'Malley III (momalley@phmc.state.pa.us)
Harrisburg, PA USA - Wednesday, November 10, 1999 at 17:13:57 EST

I lived at Michener and Wadsworth avenues from 1961 to 72. I was 12 years old when my family moved away. I discovered Stotesbury mansion during the summer of 70. At that time, I went with a neighborhood friend of mine to visit friends of his who lived on Patton Rd. near Wainright. My grandfather, who is now deceased, worked for the jewelry company J. E. Caldwell for 50 years. When I mentioned to him that I had visited a place called Stotesbury Mansion, he had his own Stotesbury anecdote to tell. He told me that he once went out to the house to make a delivery. While he was in the downstair's part of the house where he was making his delivery, he enjoyed a demitasse of clam chowder soup that was offered to him by a woman that I guess was the cook. While he was having the soup, the woman told him that if Mrs. Stotesbury were to walk through this door right now I would lose my job. The story was told all in good fun though. I just got WEb TV and I discoverd a site that has 24 photos of the outside of Stotesbury that I have never seen before. Here are the directions to the site. Bring up Search and type in the word alta vista. Bring up the first alta vista listing and then type in the word Trumbauer. A list of entries pertaining to Horace Trumbauer will appear on your screen. Go to entry 183 and hit return. A list of architect's names titled American Landscape and Architecture Design: Names will appear on the screen. Go to the name Duchene, Achille and press return. Twenty three photographic entries pertaining to the Stotesbury facade and gardens will appear on the screen. You can also go back to the list of architect's names and look up Greber, Jacques and Trumbauer, Horace. 
Edward Borish (EDatWeb@webtv.net)
Warminster, PA USA - Monday, November 08, 1999 at 20:49:09 EST


Hey Gerry, Great website! I grew up in West Mt Airy. In my pre-teen & early teenage years (early 70’s) my friends & I would ride our bikes and visit the ruins of the Stotesbury mansion. The visits were wonderful adventures that I will always remember. The building was so massive and the extraordinary grounds were so impressive we would revisit the mansion again & again. (although it was illegal) Your Webster has expanded my knowledge on this piece of local history and provided the pictures to re-claim some childhood adventures. I was lucky to have seen the structure prior it’s demolition. The pictures you gathered of the structure prior to it’s demise reveal more than I could have imaged the extraordinary palace looked like when it was constructed! Once again, great website. Thanx for a job well done.
WiLL (CHILWHILL)
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Sunday, November 07, 1999 at 13:29:21 EST 

Love your site
Kil (Isbister99@yahoo.com)
LA , Ca USA - Saturday, November 06, 1999 at 00:53:29 EST

 
Cool site
Kils (gina150@hotmail.com)
NY, NY USA - Saturday, November 06, 1999 at 00:50:17 EST

What a great website. I am the great-granddaughter of Conchetta and the granddaughter of Rose Loggia. My birth name is Rosalinda Russo, daughter of Antoinette Loggia Russo. I did find that your picture of May 16, 1961 under "Family of Frances and Ralph Serianni" is more of a cousin's picture. Many of the people are actually the children (with spouses) of Rose Loggia. Let me know if I can provide any more information to add to your site.
Linda (Russo) Croushore (lcrousho@chw.edu)
Ripon, CA USA - Wednesday, November 03, 1999 at 18:07:12 EST

This is a fabulous website. I was looking for information for a report my daughter, Jenna Solomon, is doing. I am thrilled we found this site. Jenna is an Architectural History Major at the University of Virginia, mostly because of Stotesbury. Born in 1981, she has always been saddened by the fact that she never got to see the mansion. From the age of about 3, she would make me take her to see the pictures of Stotesbury at the township building and would always ask me why it had to be torn down. She did one of her college admission essays on why she wanted to study Architectural History (cuz of Stotesbury) and go on to a career of preserving and restoring old buildings, so never again would she have to cry over losing a gem like Stotesbury.
Bonny Davis (BDavis1128)
Oreland, PA USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 20:16:21 EST

If anyone has any information on who did the fences and the ironwork on the Stotesbury Mansion, it would be greatly appreciated if I could document the fact that my grandfather, Charles G. Kemp of Richmond & Kemp, did the iron work. 
Roddy Davis (deemommom@aol.com)
Oreland, PA USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 20:11:45 EST


Dear Gerry, My mother Sandy Morrissette (Carnivale) who I think is your second or third cousin gave me the address to this web page. It is so great to see our heritage in this type of format! Please e-mail me when you are completed this family tree, or if you have any questions regarding my part of the family. God bless...
Raymond Morrissette (devildogpa@prodigy.net)
Doylestown, PA USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 23:57:28 EST

You did a wonderful job on your web site. I was raised in Wyndmoor and went horseback riding, hunting, swimming, winter sports. I went to school with the Serianni family on new St. I e- mail William Serianni in Fl. He informed me of your web site. very well done.
Jim Wilmarth (jfw2@webtv.net)
Grantville, Pa USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 22:54:00 EST 

Hi, Gerry. Great page!  I love the pictures, Conchetta was my Great-grandmother.too.  I am but one more of your cousins, the daughter of Charles Loggia. 
Nancy Jane (Loggia) Wobensmith (wobie1@bellatlantic.net)
Chalfont, PA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 17:18:11 EDT

GREAT SITE.  It came up in answer to my search on "Ciannavei".  Unfortunately, I was not able to discern how that name intersects with your roots.  Help?
Guy J. Ciannavei (guyc@post.harvard.edu)
Walpole, MA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 13:06:01 EDT

 
Hi! I don't know you or your family, but your family history & album is very moving! Lovely! 
Elaine
NY USA - Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 22:10:16 EDT

It has been a true pleasure to know you a little better over the last year.  You are a great person, & friend. Thanks for all your help!!! You have a great WEB-SITE, especially the picture of you on the floor of the Wine Cellar.
Ron MacDougall (atyourservice@snip.net)
Prospect Park, PA USA - Friday, October 15, 1999 at 14:44:54 EDT

Thanks Gerry, for doing the family tree. It means a lot to me and my family. It makes me very proud to see who and where we all came from, so in the future we can hand this down to our kids so they can be proud to. Give everybody our regards, and keep up the good work. Your family should be proud of you. Hope to get together soon.
Frank and Sylvia Carnavil (fs1234@bellatlantic.net)
Horsham, Pa USA - Thursday, October 14, 1999 at 19:18:43 EDT

Gerry, I found your page while viewing the guest Book At the Ortucchio site. Thanks for a wonderful page. I enjoyed it a lot. Good reading. I started my family tree about a year ago and been dragging my behind. I guess this will give me an incentive to get going again. Thanks
Richard A. Chiarilli (gac5@ix.netcom.com)
RSM, CA USA - Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at 12:55:01 EDT


I am a granddaughter of Gabriele Sirianni and Rose Perri Sirianni of Soveria Mannelli, Italy and later Olean, NY. This is a wonderful website. I'm sure we're all related somehow--maybe 5th or 6th times removed or whatever. Thanks for sharing this wonderful heritage!
Kathleen Gotto (kathleen.gotto@schriever.af.mil)
Peyton, CO USA - Wednesday, October 06, 1999 at 11:46:12 EDT


an interesting read, thanks
bruce stotesbury (stotes@home.com)
victoria, bc canada - Sunday, October 03, 1999 at 23:55:23 EDT

Hi. We exchanged a few messages about a year ago. I was at a friend's house this weekend and we each found out that the other lived in Wyndmoor as children. Given my friend's name -- Rod Serianni -- I remembered your site. Any relation to Rod? If so, small world, isn't it. We talked, of course, about sneaking around Stotesbury before it was torn down, of course.
Eric Miller
USA - Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at 18:51:28 EDT

Thank you very much for a wonderful excursion back in my childhood memories. As a child, in the forties, we lived on my grandfather's farm, across the street from Whitemarsh Hall on Paper Mill Road. I can even see the farm in the photos. You have preserved this great building for posterity. Rev. William J. Bonner.
Rev. William J. Bonner (Bonnerhof@aol.com)
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at 01:26:22 EDT

I enjoyed your site and was surprised to see my Dad's hometown of Soveria Mannelli named. My Dad, Massimo Marasco was born there, (I did note that in the spelling of our name we use an "a". Also have an great Aunt Michilina Marasco Serranni. My grandfather came to Canada as a young boy and after many trips back to Italy settled in a surburb of Chicago. I was raised in the Chicago area. Wonder if we could be related?
Phyllis Marasco Dalaly (flis1@WEBTV.net)
CA USA - Saturday, September 25, 1999 at 05:18:51 EDT

I WAS INVITED TO SOMEONES HOUSE TODAY FOR A PARTY AND THEY LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE COLLUMs OF STOTESBURY, ITS A TRADGEDY THAT THIS IS ALL THAT REMAINS OF SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MANSION AND GROUNDS, I LOVED READING YOUR WEBSITE, AND I WAS GLUED TO READING EVERY DETAIL, YOU DID A GREAT JOB. I moved to Phila in 1982 and never saw what the mansion looked like only in pictures. When I see the pictures in your website, its just unbeliable. I am sure there are bits and pieces of the mansion and grounds all around this area, I have seen finials and other remnants on peoples lawns, Is any of the artifacts in a museum to look at? You mentioned a movie was filmed at the mansion in the 60s. Do you know the name of the movie? Would it be on video. what is the name of the book? Was there something written about ghosts at stotesbury? I am a native of Rhode Island and visited many of the Newport Mansions. In Newport you would never think of razing a mansion, why did they do it to stotesbury?
Mark Petteruti (MPETTERUTI@AOL.COM)
PHILA, PA USA - Sunday, September 12, 1999 at 19:16:52 EDT

Just came from a birthday party on Cromwell Rd. Such Memories! Running though the gardens (short cut to 7-11) from the cops. Finding and exploring the fountains and terraces, and the house, oh! Going from room to room and trying to figure out what it all was in it's glory. Our kids had been listening, so we took then to the top of the back yard and spread open the bushes There were the columns, and they all went wowwww, and we said (and we could still see it in our minds) there once was a great Manse that stood here and if you could have seen it, even in decadence, you wouldn't have believed.... Now I can show them.
Thanks, I still can't believe what was, that is no more.
Jamie Hoffner (veejay56@bellatlantic.net)
Plymouth Meeting, PA USA - Sunday, September 12, 1999 at 05:01:52 EDT

I am glad that you updated the family tree, it is great! I hope you can finish it soon. My mother and children all enjoyed seeing the wonderful pictures, and everything else, will e-mail soon!
Stephen McMahon (stmcmahon@msn.com)
North Woods, PA USA - Wednesday, September 08, 1999 at 21:05:19 EDT

Thank you for this wonderful site! I have just begun to research my grandfather's history and your site has given me some great info. My grandfather was a chauffeur for Mr. Stotesbury and he spent a good deal of time traveling with him. Much of what I have about our family history are the photos and correspondence that he would send home to my grandmother. My grandfather passed away while my mother was young, just a few years after Mr. Stotesbury, so all I really know of him is his time with the Stotesburys. She gave me a tour of the ruins as a child. I was heartbroken. My mother has wonderful pictures that my grandfather had taken while he worked there. I could not believe such a beautiful estate was gone. I can not wait for my mother to see your web site. Since it is attached to the memories of her father and the times he would take her there, she has always had a special fondness for the Stotesbury mansion. I understand that my grandfather cared for the Stotesbury's very much and that they were very kind to him.
J. Hause (Zzzman30@aol.com)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, September 08, 1999 at 14:32:16 EDT

Hi! I heard about your page through my cousins and figured I'd check it out. Wow, it's so great to finally be able to see my heritage written down some place, and to know that I fit in there somewhere :) Where do I fit in? I'm the granddaughter of Charles M. Loggia and Nancy J. (Sheridan) Loggia. Which makes me just one more link in the big old chain of cousins!
Alyson Wobensmith (allykitty@hotmail.com)
Bucks County, PA USA - Monday, September 06, 1999 at 01:26:10 EDT

Hello. I'm visiting my granddaughter (Kathy Curran-Brown) and I just saw the web page with my family here with me.  We all enjoyed it very much! I liked the photos and remembering all the people.  Love, Aunt El
Eleanor Curran
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Sunday, September 05, 1999 at 17:16:09 EDT

Wow! Great site! It's really terrific to see the family tree, and I think the idea of an ongoing virtual family reunion is wonderful. Thanks to my Aunt Eileen Curran, daughter of Charlie & Eleanor (Serianni) Curran for tipping me off to the site. Here's how I fit in: Charlie & Eleanor (Serianni) Curran are my grandparents, and my parents are Charles (aka Bud) & Alice Curran. I have an older sister Kathy, and a younger brother Tom, whom I'll let report in for themselves (though as a proud uncle I must say that Kathy has been blessed with 2 great kids). As for me, I am single and living in central Finland on a 2 year assignment for my company, Foster Wheeler. So if anyone finds themselves up near the nordic arctic circle someday, drop me a line and I'll make sure you have a great stay!
P.S. It was great to finally get some history on those stone pillars on Willow Grove Ave!
Rich Curran (rich_curran@fwc.com)
Varkaus, Finland - Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 13:52:29 EDT

Great site. I enjoyed the Whitemarsh Hall info. I still live in Wyndmoor and see the remains of the mansion all the time. have a friend who has given slide show presentation and has done extensive research on the Stotesbury family. Let me know if you have interest in speaking with him. Also, would like to say Hello to all the family members who have seen your site.
Len Lasek (len.lasek@texcelinc.com)
Plymouth Meeting, PA USA - Monday, August 30, 1999 at 11:22:02 EDT

I came across your site while looking for info on  Lynnewood Hall. I found yours to be extremely interesting and informative. I have used Lynnewood Hall as the subject matter for some of my classes, and I am always on the lookout for fresh info regarding the estate, Widener, or the architects, Trumbuaer, and Greber. Thanks.
Mark Murphy (mmurph03@astro.ocis.temple.edu)
Jenkintown, Pa USA - Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 12:31:15 EDT

Gerry, Great site. Thanks for the kick in the pants to do some of my own family tree work. I'll start with our common connections.
Lou Russo (lrusso@voicenet.com)
Hatboro, PA USA - Saturday, August 21, 1999 at 12:25:34 EDT

Love your Family Tree. Will e-mail you with some additional information.
Philip T. Serianni (ptserian@scj.com)
Columbia, MD USA - Wednesday, August 18, 1999 at 13:23:07 EDT

Enjoyed your web-site, great job on commentary of Whitemarsh Estate, I used to ride my bicycle around the mansion when I was a kid, but did not know any thing about the history, thanks for the info. regards, cousin Josephine.
Josephine R. Rambert (jrambert@juno.com)
Chadds Ford, PA USA - Saturday, August 14, 1999 at 12:47:12 EDT

Thanks so much for your Stotesbury-Whitemarsh web-page. Sadly I never saw it in person, but your photos go a long way toward recapturing the grandeur.
Paula Spilner (pspilner@aol.com)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 15:57:14 EDT

I realy enjoyed your documentary on the Stotesbury mansion. It was great. Do you have any history on the concrete hoses in Whitemarsh Villiage?
Roger C. Miller (CRhodes7@Compuserve.com)
Wyndmoor, Pa, USA - Saturday, August 07, 1999 at 02:36:54 EDT

Wow! Came here because I know that we are related. My Aunt Rosina Sirianni Rehborn and my father Eugene Sirianni--both told me that we were related to Frank and Lou Serianni and all of my relatives are from Soveria. Also--I loved reading all of the stuff about Stotesbury. I grew up in Oreland (SHS '81) and loved the walk down memory lane. A true piece of my youth! I welcome all contacts and can be reached at my work e-mail alsotrainingcenter.clv-register@rp-rorer.com
April Sirianni Bonner (abonner888@aol.com)
Schwensville, PA USA - Monday, August 02, 1999 at 20:56:13 EDT

I would just like to say that I really enjoy reading your webpage. Keep up the great work!! Maybe we can get together sometime when you visit here again!!! Please E-mail me back!!!!
Lisa Cione (Piscana01@aol.com)
Lafayette Hill, PA USA - Saturday, July 31, 1999 at 14:56:05 EDT

Great web site Gerry, keep up the good work Cuzzie )
Joe & Bunny Serianni
Oreland, Pa USA - Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 19:09:24 EDT

I came to find cool pictures of birds for a school project, but the birds just aren't big enough!
Louisa
London, England - Wednesday, July 21, 1999 at 12:37:26 EDT

My husband is the grandson of Angelo Serianni of Niagara Falls, NY. Angelo had a very large number of brothers and sisters, but broke with the family when he was a very young man. I'm doing a little genealogy search but am not able to devote much time to it. We know Angelo was born in Rio, and that's about all!
Lorna Beedle Serianni (seria06@alltel.net)
St. Marys, PA USA - Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 21:21:14 EDT

I like what you did with your family page, as soon as my is up, I will send you the address, it is always good to hear about people getting to know the extended family.
Tom (Gaetano) Loggia (COESystems@aol.com)
Naperville, IL USA - Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 17:59:48 EDT

I've never known the complete story of Stotesbury until I had visited your page. My friends and I enjoy spending time at what is left of the mansion. It had always intrigued us how such a beautiful place had taken such an awful turn. I will always remember the great times we had shared there.
Melanie Konstant
Flourtown, PA USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 21:45:14 EDT

What a wonderful web page. There are sooooo many interesting places. The link page is terrific. It has soooo much to pick from. Also the photo gallery is marvelous. The Adirondacks are beautiful. I have been to Whiteface a couple of times. Thanks for allowing me to visit. Ellen
Ellen Sirianni (ESIRIANNI@aol.com)
Ellicottville, NY USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 16:10:40 EDT

I was told by the local police that I would be arrested if I trespassed on the property prior to the demolition in 1979. I had wanted to take pictures of the remains of the house before it was torn down. I was interested in the residence pipe organ, an Aeolian. Thanks for the Website. Larry Leonard
Larry Leonard (gmauck@together.net)
Laconia, NH USA - Monday, July 05, 1999 at 16:24:05 EDT


Gerry...it only gets better!  No matter how many times I have viewed your site I find something new.:)  -C-
Cyn (loverbutton@hotmail.com)
NJ USA - Sunday, July 04, 1999 at 00:16:35 EDT

What a wonderful web site.  I can remember being a student at LaSalle in the early eighties and sitting outside hearing the sounds of demolition of this place.  It is wonderful to read your chronicle of its history with so many photos.  It is the first site I have found with so much information on the property.  Thank you
Greg Dudzek (Gregory64@aol.com)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 10:43:02 EDT

AS A TEENAGER IS WAS ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING. GREAT WEB SITE. GREAT MEMORIES
ROBERT MORAK
WILLOW GROVE, PA USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 07:33:44 EDT

I visited my brother Bill in the fall of 1977, he lived very close to the mansion and I had a few visits to the vandalised site, I was amazed at the size and the extent of detail. I was saddened to hear that the building was demolished. Here in Australia we don't have this type of glamerous mansion with the large landscaped gardens, most buildings we have that were built in the 1920's are listed on the national hertitage list and need to be restored to their former glory. It is so sad to see something so grand lost to urban development. You have done a wonderful job in at least retaining the memory and giving those whom were unable to see the mansion a look at it's brief history. Good on you for a job well done.
Stephen Koelewyn (ozeppi@ozemail.com.au)
Sydney, NS AUSTRALIA - Friday, June 25, 1999 at 18:43:30 EDT


What s treat to see whitemarsh hall on the web. I've loved the estate since I read about it years ago in James Maher's book. The Hewitt pictures are wonderful, but your photos of the place in the '70's are quite sad to see.
jim lewis
pasadena, ca USA - Friday, June 25, 1999 at 00:05:01 EDT

Chuck Great site . Iam very happy to vist you site. I found it by linking from Riverview Beach Park in Pennsille NJ 08070.www.salemcounty.com. I called our Mayor George Reed, and told him about you. and what you are doing.We can get you a tape and pics when the park was in service. Get back with Please.
Jim Meranti (jmeranti@salemcounty.com)
Pennsville, NJ USA - Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 01:48:05 EDT

Seeing the old photos of Stotesbury was a trip back in time. They recaptured a mood I could only associate with that strange, larger-than-life place. I remember taking our mother through--illegally--after Sunday School in about 1972. We were so happy that our mother was breaking the law with us! Thanks for the trip. (Springfield,'80)
Ann Shoemaker Meredith (ameredith@lightsofliberty.org)
Phila, PA USA - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 13:18:16 EDT

Gerry, Out here visiting Wendy & family -- checking out your Stotesbury page and personal pages. Very impressed with your research and presentation. Hope all's well.
David Bamberger
Athens, OH USA - Tuesday, June 08, 1999 at 14:53:53 EDT

During  the late 1970's, this was our play ground ...our very own haunted house! What a shame it's gone.
Bob & Beth Cornelius
Lansdale, PA USA - Friday, June 04, 1999 at 10:01:26 EDT

Thank you for the memories of Stotesbury. I grew up in Oreland and explored the mansion in 1970 with the chief of police's permission. My Dad, Louis A. Roman was Superintendent of schools. I told my daughter about Stotesbury mansion this morning and with your website I was able to explain more. Thanks again....
Chris Roman (caroman@mindspring.com)
LaGrange, GA USA - Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 16:34:09 EDT

Until stumbling onto your web site, I had no idea what stood at the site of the Stotesbury townhouses before they were built. Thanks for helping to bring Whitemarsh Hall to people who DON'T have any memories of it.
Alan Charkey (ACharkey@aol.com)
Lafayette Hill, PA USA - Friday, May 28, 1999 at 23:11:16 EDT

Dear Gerry: Wow!  I'm entertaining a friend from Florida, and trying to tell her of Stotesbury's Mansion, then brought her in to look at your website.  Brilliant!  I'm glad that you showed it to me before it came down.  Thank you for that.  It was nice to enjoy something as special as Stotesbury with someone who sincerely cared for its history. I was mentioning to my friend of Charles Riggs famous 'Midnight Ghosts at Stotesbury' and was hoping you would have it in here ... any clues as to how I can obtain a copy of it? Sincerely yours, Steve
F.S. NOPHUT (BGANOU@AOL.COM)
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA USA - Friday, May 28, 1999 at 00:34:29 EDT

I grew up in West Oak Lane and would visit the mansion often.  We would pack a lunch and our flash lights then lie to our parents about where we were going and head to the mansion.  This was in the early seventies and the house was very unsafe.  Through all of the devastation i could always see the beauty of the house and have been fascinated with it ever since. On 5/22/99 I drove by the remains and was in awe once again.  Shortly after, I found this site in an effort to show my family what I had been rambling on about all afternoon.  Great site, I will surely tell all my freinds about it. (especially those who were there)   Live well!
John DiGiuseppe (Fenceauthy@aol.com)
West Chester, pa USA - Saturday, May 22, 1999 at 23:07:29 EDT

Gerry!  Just checked it out 5/22/99.  I really enjoyed it.  Especially your photographs.  They're beautiful!  Tell you daughter, I too, share the enthusiasm for birding!!  Great Website!!!
Heather Grim (heathgrim@aol.com)
Phoenixville, PA USA - Saturday, May 22, 1999 at 22:48:30 EDT

Yo, dude.  Why would you WANT a house that big?
Scarlette W.
USA - Saturday, May 22, 1999 at 19:12:02 EDT

Sorry to learn of your mother's recent passing. Fantastic web site!  The Lucy show is great, Whitemarsh Hall is incredible! The best personal posting I have ever seen! Enjoyed my visit immensely!
Tracy Young (teyoung@erols.com)
PA USA - Tuesday, May 18, 1999 at 21:38:05 EDT

Gerry, It was great to relive my youth again on your web site. I think we went to "Stotesbury" every other weekend to hang out. I was always amazed by it's size and the way it was built. Thank you again for the memories.
Dave Vile (David.Vile@prodigy.net)
Phila, Pa USA - Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 12:41:30 EDT

fantastic! i've read about this mansion many times and have finally seen it! the history needs a little grammatical editing. thanks for the tour,
john mcelveen (johnmcelveen@yahoo.com)
ny, ny USA - Friday, May 07, 1999 at 19:43:03 EDT

I enjoyed very much your web site.  It was well researched and informative. Whitemarsh Hall was a remarkable architectural achievement.  It is even more remarkable because it was designed by an African-American architect, Julian Abele. He was Trumbauer's senior designer from 1907-50. Eva Stotesbury treated Abele with the respect due her architect.  She invited him to at least one reception and dinner in honor of Mme. Nadia Boulanger who was godmother to Julian Abele's first born.  She was principally responsible for the Office of Horace Trumbauer receiving the commission to design Rose Terrace in Grosse Pte, Michigan for dowager Anna Dodge, heir to the autormobile fortune.  Again Abele was the designer.  Abele family oral history alleges that Eva Stotesbury attended Julian Abele's funeral  held at his south Philadelphia townhouse n 1950. It speaks well of Eva Stotesbury that she was not distracted by Abele's ethnicity, but that she was able to appreciate his architectural prowess.
Dreck Wilson (DWi5928417@AOL.com)
D.C., USA - Saturday, April 24, 1999 at 19:06:19 EDT

hey nice meeting  you....rock on good buddy.....love & peace to you and yours.........
Robbie Nicholas (blueeyes57@msn.com)
Houma, la USA - Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 19:05:16 EDT

I read a few of your guest book entries, and can't think of much to add. I, too, have had so many personal experiences and vivid memories of the mansion. I can still picture it, sitting up on the hill, attracting focus from vantage points all over Springfield Township. Ominous, mysterious, dangerous, and captivating, my relationship with the estate changed as I did. When I first visited Stotesbury (as we called it), I was 10 years old, and frightened by it's mere presence. The mansion was (somewhat) in tact at the time, having recently been abandoned by the Penwalt company. Even the bunson burners worked! I was chased off the property by a guard, and ran like a jack rabbit all the way home, without once peaking behind me. Through the next 15 years, I grew less intimidated by the lore of the place, and even gave tours for 50 cents. We entered through secret passages, which were always being boarded up by the police, but nothing would stop us -- even the rumor of Mrs. Stotesbury's ghost being seen -- which was scarier than Officer Wood! I have memories of finding plumbing that worked, the big safe (with a rumor that there were jewels inside), other "explorers", the elevator shaft that almost took a few lives, the headless statues all around the property, people stealing fixtures when copper and brass were at a premium, the ballroom's grandeur being lessened by the laboratory remains, playing army (the place was so expansive, you could go the entire day without seeing the enemy), the musty smell, the hundereds of pigeons, cubby holes to hide out from police, a working generator, the huge library, and the awesome view from the roof...
It's one of my prized childhood memories, and I want to thank you for this site. I will show it to my boy, Justin, and I'm sure I'll be adding some embellishing tales of my own! Forgive me for any grammatical or spelling errors in this note...after all....I am a graduate of Springfield High ('76)!
Craig Shoemaker (www.craigshoemaker.com)
Sherman Oaks, CA USA - Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at 14:45:55 EDT


I really liked the photos. They brought back memories of when I use to go there when I was a teenager.
SAM GINTHER (SGIN126377@AOL.COM)
DOYLESTOWN, PA USA - Friday, April 09, 1999 at 17:26:47 EDT

Cool page
Christy (badintensions@hotmail.com)
Memphis, USA - Wednesday, April 07, 1999 at 23:28:52 EDT

Gerry - I grew up in Wyndmoor on Eastern Ave. from '48 to '61 (age 2 to 15) and remember oh so well frequent bike treks with neighborhood buddies over to Stotesbury - exploring with gleeful (though careful and non-destructive) abandon the wonderous and awe-inspiring ruins. Isn't it a shame that only by being in such a state of ruin were you and I afforded the opportunity to experience such a site, sitting on the delapitated fountains, exploring the subterranean realms, etc. Had it still been habitable and/or inhabited, we wouldn't have gotten past the front gate. Kind of ironic!... and pathetic.I echo the sentiments of many others who have visited, and have to say your site is the most professional and enjoyable of any private posting I've ever seen. Your sense of design, balance, and sensitivity are indeed remarkable and inspiring. Were anyone to ask me how to set up a personal website, I wouldn't hesitate to direct them to yours for it's content and construction. WONDERFUL JOB!
ficent place is
Tom Manning (manning4@ix.netcom.com)
Erdenheim, PA USA - Wednesday, April 07, 1999 at 22:04:42 EDT

Hi Gerry! Sorry to hear about your email and guestbook entry problems, that happens to me as well sometimes. But I'm actually GLAD because I got to visit your wonderful site again. I absolutely love those Wine Bottles with they way you've used Java Script over it... boy would I love to be that good at all of "this". You really have an incredible site Gerry, and I'm adding you to my Links page.
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Congress/2301/
Karen Lyster (zblue@ihug.co.nz)
Auckland, New Zealand - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 22:32:12 EST

Great job. We'll look some more later when we have more time. Also liked Diana's stuff. Do you want me to E-mail you some pictures Judy & I took at Sequoia in 1997?
Tim Chase & Judy Davis (atchase@erols.com)
West Chester, PA USA - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 20:59:07 EST

Thank you for bringing your site back. I like many others spent many weekend hours (illegally of course) exploring old Stotesbury Mansion. For anyone that actually saw it, I'm sure that we could all agree that even in it's vandalized condition, it was still a wonderous and beautiful place. Hopefully another palace in the area will not suffer a similar fate. The old Peter Widener estate, Lynnewood Hall still stands on Asbourne Road in Cheltenham. It is sort of inhabited but I still worry about it and hope that it can survive. It would certainly be a shame to see another creation of the great architect, Horace Trumbauer end up in a pile of rubble. Once again great job on the site, and please try keep it up on the net.
Carl Smith (quakeinfo@thequakeband.com)
Melrose Park, PA USA - Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at 13:59:59 EST

Going through your site has brought tears to my eyes. This past weekend I pulled some old photos that I had taken of the mansion back in 1977, shortly after I attended Spring Garden College for Interior Design.  As students we would go to the mansion to bask in its former glory and allow ourselves to fantasize about what the mansion may have been like. I brought the photos to work to share with my co-workers today, and remembered that I wanted to see if there was a web-site. How excited I was to discover that you had put together this brilliant site.  Being new to website design myself, I was encouraged and delighted with the beauty and design of this site and how extremely well organized it it. Your love of the mansion shows in every detail.  I'll see how well my own photographs scan, and whether I have the negatives.  Thanks for putting together such a wonderful memorial site.
Patricia A. Kuniega (rsapak@rohmhaas.com)
Spring House, PA USA - Friday, March 19, 1999 at 13:40:16 EST

My Web Site is Wonderful Come and see it:)))
Streetbol (semih15@hotmail.com)
Ýstanbul, Turkey - Sunday, March 14, 1999 at 14:15:49 EST

My father was in the mansion many times fighting frequent fires. One story was he was on the hill facing the mansion when he was a kid with his cousin. They were pretending they were shooting at the mansion and an alarm went off. They ran like crazy, later on they found out that it was the daily testing. Wow!
Kevin McMahon (kmcm98@msn.com)
Glenside, PA USA - Friday, March 12, 1999 at 16:23:18 EST

Thanks for the trip back into my youth! I too grew up with the masion as part of our list of things to occupy our time. The place was great, even when the cops would chase us from the grounds. Which only added to the draw of it. And just like it`s still standing I`ll be back, this time with some more friends!!!!
Brock,s,B (gail_bryan@msn.com)
roslyn, pa USA - Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 12:48:11 EST

I only discovered Stotesbury Mansion in the early 70's when my parents moved to that area.  Each time I visited I always caught my breath when we finally reached the end of drive and there it was, so large and beautiful.  You've granted me the wish I always had to see it in its glory days.  Thanks so much for the great website.  I'm passing it along to my parents.
Susan  (sueB22@home.com)
Hatboro, Pa USA - Friday, March 05, 1999 at 21:33:51 EST

Very nice lay out here. I will look more into the Whitemarsh page. I think I have heard of it before.
Dianne (Diadsie@aol.com)
Avondale, PA USA - Friday, March 05, 1999 at 20:22:26 EST

THANKS FOR AN OUTSTANDING TOUR.....
LEWIS WHEELER
USA - Friday, March 05, 1999 at 16:49:40 EST

I just wrote you a few minutes ago...now I saw your name...are you related to Jimmy Serriani and Jane, who I believe married Jimmy...we graduated high school together...it will be fun to find out.
ellen (greatknitr)
USA - Friday, March 05, 1999 at 09:19:10 EST

I was raised in Erdenheim...this brought back wonderful memories.  I have been trying to find an old friend who lived on Patton Rd.....is it possible to find him through this site?
ellen (greatknitr)
w. bloomfield, mi USA - Friday, March 05, 1999 at 09:01:18 EST

I LOVE your site! The layout is very nice.
http://www.angelfire.com/ny2/songsandmore/index.html
Gigi (alawife@aol.com)
xxxx, NY USA - Thursday, March 04, 1999 at 21:08:06 EST

The site was not only well done and informative but curious to me.  My father is Edward Charles Stotesbury.  Does anyone out there have any Stotesbury family tree information to share?  It would be appreciated.  Thank you.
Barbara Stotesbury (dabro1@ix.netcom.com)
NY USA - Wednesday, March 03, 1999 at 18:38:06 EST

I really emjoyed the site, and I am completely fascinated with the mansion.  I would love to see some color photos. If you know where I can locate some, please e-mail me. Or if you have some you are willing to share with me, feel free to e-mail the files to me.  I would be very appreciative.
http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Classroom/5224
Rebekah Jackson (rejackson@mail.transy.edu)
Lexington, KY USA - Tuesday, March 02, 1999 at 11:27:32 EST

Planet Saria
Gerry,
Just a message to say hello through Cyberspace and to tell you that I enjoyed checking out your personal page and your favourite links... Visit my planet sometime and sign my guestbook.
Best Wishes,
Saria

:-)
Saria (saria@PlanetSaria.findhere.com)
A distant planet, in a far away galaxy - Saturday, February 27, 1999 at 09:08:53 EST

Really nice site, thanks for inviting me - you've done a wonderful job.
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Congress/2301/
Karen Lyster (zblue@ihug.co.nz)
Auckland, n/ New Zealand - Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 18:41:46 EST

I spent many hours exploring Stotesbury, and was delighted to find a website on the mansion. I remember us kids being absolutly convinced that the place was haunted, but that only served to draw us to the place. I was truly sorry to witness the destruction of such a grand old lady. there will always be aplace in my heart for her. Thank you for one last look of a wonderful place.
David Hirschman (cybertramp67@yahoo.com)
S.F., Ca USA - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 16:38:29 EST

great site   lived in wyndmoor for 30 years never once visited the mansion  heard some neat things about it tho great photos....
carole m beitel cannon (cannon@home.com)
roslyn, pa USA - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 14:31:32 EST

I can't believe that I only recognized 1 name in the guest book. I grew up within walking distance of Stotesbury. There was many a lazy summer afternoon spent exploring the mansion. We got down to flooded basement #3. I was actually arrested for being there once. I was back not more than a month later. What a fantastic part of my childhood. loved the site!
John Cannon (cannon@home.com)
Erdenheim, PA USA - Monday, February 22, 1999 at 17:34:19 EST

I was born in May of 1980 on Cromwell road.  I never saw the mansion, but I have vivid memories of walking with my dad and brother through the old grounds on warm days, collecting pieces of limestone.  I am so happy to have finally seen what it was like in its splendour.
Naomi Koelewyn (nomer1@aol.com)
Lafayette Hill, Pa USA - Saturday, February 20, 1999 at 14:16:33 EST

i love your page! stop by mine sometime:
http://www.angelfire.com/pa/smileyface84/
becca (Becca8484@hotmail.com)
PA USA - Friday, February 19, 1999 at 23:31:16 EST

From 1977 we lived right in front of the mansion, on Cromwell Rd. The history fascinated us. We could not get over the fact that it could not be preserved. We moved soon after the structure was demolished and the townhouses built. Thanks for putting together this very meaningful site!
Bill Koelewn (trailer1@aol.cm)
Lafayette Hill, PA USA - Friday, February 19, 1999 at 18:18:38 EST

I have never heard of this place before, but feel like I have visited it through your home page! Your site is truly tremendous!
Vickie (slickvo@aol.com)
Mo, USA - Friday, February 19, 1999 at 16:57:05 EST

An excellent and informative webpage.  A very enjoyable experience!
Flashback to the 60's
Bob R. (cruzn@angelfan.com)
Riverside, CA USA - Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 23:48:02 EST

I was amazed with your site.  I remember when I was 16 and all the kids in Conshohocken use to get together and take a ride to the Mansion.  I remember the well outside that use to lead to the basement.  It is very sad that such a beautiful building is gone.  When I was young the building had already been deteriorated.  It is amazing the history behind the old Stotesbury Mansion.  I was always afraid when we would go in it was cold and damp and delapidated. It is truly amazing of all the ground that was owned and now all houses stand.  Thank you it brought back some memories.
Joni Nolan (Straw265@aol.com)
King of Prussia, PA USA - Tuesday, February 16, 1999 at 19:15:49 EST

LOVE YOUR SOUND EFFECTS WILL RETURN TO REVIEW RECIPES AND SWAP ANOTHER TIME
michele b (EUROPA2M@AOL.COM)
HORSHAM, PA USA - Monday, February 08, 1999 at 21:05:17 EST

Hi there!  Just got back from checking out your page and thought it was AWESOME...  Keep up the fantastic work you are doing here, and continued success with your site. If you have time, stop by and take a swing on our "Web Vine" at George's  Jungle, home of the King Of The Jungle Award!
George (georgewi@neo.lrun.com/georgesjungle)
Akron, Oh USA - Sunday, February 07, 1999 at 10:09:24 EST

excellent website, played there many times and did thesis in college about same place thank you for the informative pictorial
Mike Ryan (mjrblade@aol.com)
lansdale, pa USA - Friday, February 05, 1999 at 13:58:39 EST

I grew up in Wyndmoor and I remember playing in the rubble.  I didn't realize what had happened until I saw this page.  Thanks.
Sue Hamill (h5408@aol.com)
Malvern, PA USA - Tuesday, February 02, 1999 at 12:05:10 EST

Great Page! I see I have some decent competition in the Webguide Awards 99! LOL Good Luck and keep up the fab work on your page! Especially got a kick out of your wine cellar page! Pretty funny,...Later!
ArchAngel98 (angelsblade@eudoramail.com)
Oceanside, CA USA - Tuesday, February 02, 1999 at 11:34:30 EST

I was introduced to Stotesbury Mansion by a high school girlfriend who use to go to Chestnut Hill to shop all the time and on one of those trips I was with her and she took me by the place...of course houses where all around it, but I could get an idea what it must have looked like in its glory days.  Your web page is wonderful..I was at Springfield HS for a basketball game and on my way over it struck me about the mansion so I search and found you had a website...
Carol McCormick (carol.mccormick@acrodyne.com)
Blue Bell, PA USA - Monday, February 01, 1999 at 11:26:45 EST

We lived in Wyndmoor for one year -- 1969 -- when I was 8.  MY father was in the Military and away for a year, and my mom, sister and I lived in a rented house on Southampton Ave.  Stotesbury was always a draw.  I dreamed about living there, and was appalled when it was torn down.  I did a search on Stotesbury on a whim, after seeing a truck on the blue route with the name "Stotesbury Trucking."  thank you for taking the time and bringing back some great memories of sneaking around up there in '69 and '70.  In high school (I went to PW ) friends and I would go up there on occassion to look around, and just have fun. I took my son up there last winter.  Unfortunately, the only thing left was the front porch, as your pictures show. A truly great loss.
Eric Miller (eric.c.miller@boeing.com)
Blue Bell, PA USA - Monday, February 01, 1999 at 10:05:46 EST

Wow! Your website is very impressive and the images are fabulous!  I can tell that you put a lot of effort into building this page. I really like how you organized your website, it really makes thing a lot easier! Out of all the alien / ufo  unexplained pages I've been to, this one tops them all. Keep up the great work! In the meantime, please visit my page by clicking on the banner below. Thanks!
Alex Vaynshteyn (alexvayn@hotmail.com)
Forest Hills, NY USA - Sunday, January 31, 1999 at 02:15:45 EST

I came across your site searching for photo's of Whitemarsh Hall. I am going to be doing my thesis project and I am trying to obtain actual photos of Whitemarsh during all different stages of it's existance. And any information you might have cocerning the building. I would pay for all the reprints of the photo's for I only have a few which I had taken back in the early 1980's  This would really help my thesis project and I am very interested in speaking with you my home phone is 609-953-6944 or you can e-mail me. Thank you, David A. Cummings
David A. Cummings (architect@skyhigh.com)
Medford, NJ USA - Saturday, January 30, 1999 at 20:46:46 EST

I enjoyed all of the wonderful information and photos that you have presented. It brought back a lot of memories.  The mansion was a favorite hangout of mine during my high school years. I brought all of my friends there, and on one Haloween night , we had a party on the roof.  I later brought, my mother there, but she was scared at the sight of the mansion and would not get out of the car. About 2 years ago, I saw various large pieces and other figures for sale at an antique dealer in Lahaska.  There was no mistaking that they came from the mansion. I belive that there may be a section of the mansion on route 611 (north) above the air base. It is situated in front of a brick building. I also saw two large statues from the mansion at the Art museum. Anyway, I really enjoyed your information. Thanks for sharing.
Joe Fanelli (Jfanelli@arserrc.gov)
Glenside, Pa USA - Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at 14:12:59 EST

WOW  how ecited Im am to have come across this site. I to grou up on the Main Line of Phila. I was about 11 years old when my father showed me the book Twilight Of Splender and the WhiteMarsh Hall Estate I was from that point on completly fasinated with the house. in 79 he drove my little brother and I to the house and then we whent to the widner estate, and now to come across your web page I could not wait to tell my dad about it. I live in the LA area of cali and what I do for a living is 2 things 1 I carv mansions like WhiteMarsh Hall out of chocolate. I just finished the Sprekles Mansion in San Diego out of 100lbs of white chocolate, it was 5ft long and 3feet high.   secondly Im a minauture artist and recently I built a replica of a Restaurant I groow up in as a child and gave to my Dad as a 71st birthday present completly out of memory. The restaurant was the Inn Of The Four Falls in Conshahoken Pa. The reason Im telling you this is Im in the mood to build another model! and the one Iv always whanted to do was to bring the White Marsh Hall back to life for future generation it will be a big project but if I do it in sections then I could complete it in 3 years or maybe do some of the rooms first then a frame of the house to store the rooms in. Would that be exiting. Thank you you have out did your self it brings tears to my eyes to see that we have let go a fine work of art.
PS  If you are interested in helping me along with this outstanding feet I would greatly appreciate it. Sincerly
William K. O'Neill (holliewoo@aol.com)
Sherman Oaks, CA USA - Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at 17:16:01 EST

I grew up at 1103 Cromwell Rd, just across the street from Stotesbury, during the Fifties and Sixties. I have vivid, lasting memories of the Estate, and the fondness the neighborhood had for it. Thanks for bringing those memories back into the light again after all these years...
Paca Thomas (noizmakr@primenet.com)
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at 00:47:51 EST

I have very much enjoyed my visit. Thanks for making those great photos available to us all. They brought back many happy memories of travels we have made in the past.
John Sauvageau (jsav@compunews.com)
Vancouver Island, BC Canada - Friday, January 22, 1999 at 16:50:22 EST

Gerry, Thanks for taking the time and effort in creating this page in dedication to Whitemarsh Hall. I am from Wyndmoor and had grown up here with Stotesbury's Estate in eyesite every waking day as a child. I had explored the Hall and am happy to know that you have presented this webpage for others to now see what I as well as many other locals here, have been describing during our adolesence.  It is a spot that will always be a part of me & now I can at least share what I once had the pleasure of walking and exploring the grounds of the once great Whitemarsh Hall. on another note, it seems that the Sinkler estate is now up for sale in Wyndmoor & I can only hope that it will be preserved in its present state.  There is great deal of history revolving the Sinkler estate & it would be a waste if that would fall to developers. Thanks again for sharing a memory that I am sure many others share as well. I guess I can thank Whitemarsh Hall for stearing me into the Architectural manufacturing field I am in today.
Adam Axel (zappa@navpoint.com)
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Thursday, January 21, 1999 at 16:24:07 EST

I grew up in Upper Darby, PA, in the 40's and 50's and had relatives in Easton and Bethlehem.  I remember often driving by the gate of Whitemarsh Hall, but I never saw the mansion itself.  Having visited The Elms in Newport, RI, a couple of times, I have some appreciation for how it must have been in it's glory days.  Thank you for a most interesting and informative web site, and for keeping the memory of Whitemarsh Hall alive.  Regards,
Harry Sutton (railharry@prodigy.net)
Chula Vista, CA USA - Thursday, January 21, 1999 at 15:49:32 EST

After telling a client about Stotesbury Mansion, I thought I would see if I could find anything about it on the internet. I was amazed to find your home page. I grew up in Mt Airy from 1963-1979. My friends and I spent many nights with flashlights exploring the depths of the mansion. We never made it to the 3rd basement due to the flooding, but it seems like we saw the rest of the mansion in it's entirity. Often, we would sit on the roof and talk about what the place must have been like before it was abandoned. We wondered what the occupants were like. Your home page has answered those questions. I thank you for that!
Noah Stalvey (NStalvey1@AOL.COM)
Flagstaff, AZ USA - Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 14:21:31 EST

I was looking for pics from Tioga County State Forest and more directly the Grand Canyon of Pa. your opinion counts is it worth the trip??? Looking forward to your response.
Ella Dorr (velcro1@bellatlantic.net)
NJ USA - Sunday, January 17, 1999 at 18:56:55 EST

Thanks for creating a site to share. I am a bird watcher and found your site through a search on the Tinicum NWR. Happy Birding!
George Fiocco Jr. (Iona George @aol.com)
Franklinville, NJ USA - Friday, January 15, 1999 at 11:32:43 EST

thank you for this site, it brought back some good memories. I grew up in Wyndmoor and trespassed Stotesbury mansion twice with ken Miller. (I never did any damage, only exploring)  The second time we were chased by a Springfield Police car across the lawn, but didn't get caught.
Gary Lester (glester1@aol.com)
Wyndmoor, pa USA - Monday, January 11, 1999 at 11:19:34 EST

WOW was I surprised when I was fooling around on my new computer for the first time ever having one, to come up with this web page. I to was fasinated by WHITEMASH HALL as long as I can remember. My father showed me a book the  The Twilight Of Splender at his restuarant The Inn Of The Four Falls when I was age 10 an till this day I still have that book an still read it. I tell you what you did an outstanding job on this thank you. I cant whait till I tell my father of this hill fall head over heals. Please if you read this soon contack me Iv always whanted to build a minauture doll house scale of the mansion itself or one of the rooms and would love for you to help me.....  yours truly
William K O'Neill (holliewoo@aol.com)
Sherman Oaks, CA USA - Monday, January 11, 1999 at 02:25:19 EST

Gerry -  Thank you, thank you, thank you for this terrific site! I grew up on Patton Road (Springfield HS '75) and my backyard was (lucky for me) one of those unofficial thoroughfares up to the Mansion. I can't count the hours I spent crawling over every inch of the place, trying to imagine what it must've been like in the glory days and hiding from those pesky police patrols. I never made it all the way to the third basement (WAY too dark and spooky!), but I'll never forget the afternoon my friends and I discovered what we thought was the bowling alley. Although I know demolishing the place was the sensible move, your pictures of the demolition just make me sad. At least your site enables Stotesbury to at least virtually live on. BTW, when I was home for Christmas, I found my Dad's copy of Twilight of Splendor that included newspaper clippings from the Sun, Inquirer and CH Local. Would you be interested in copies? Let me know! Congratulations on a job very well done!Tom Dusenbury (theduse@sprintmail.com)
NYC, NY USA - Sunday, January 10, 1999 at 01:51:42 EST

My sister visited your site yesterday at the library and had to leave without having gotten all that she wished for. She called to ask if I would pull up a particular page within the site and print it out for her. You see, my sister attended Mt. St. Joseph's Academy in Erdenheim. After school, she would sneak onto the grounds of the Stotesbury Mansion. Once she snuck inside! She has been fascinated by it for years..... I only recently have a desire to learn more about it. How sad that townehouses to have replaced such divine beauty (if I may paraphrase one guest book attendee) WOW! What a gorgeous place. And what a great website. You have alot of material. Great job!
Lawrene Kumor (lkumor@aol.com)
Meadowbrook, PA USA - Thursday, January 07, 1999 at 09:27:03 EST

I was searching on the Internet for pieces of my past and to my surprise, I found this incredible site on "Stotesbury mansion" (Whitemarsh Hall). How wonderful to find people today, that shared the experiences that "Whitemarsh Hall" offered me when I was growing up, (Flourtown, PA.: S.H.S. 1981) I won't get into it here, but I share many thoughts and experiences from "Stotesbury" with the author, whom I commend for this wonderful web site. "I would have been a different person had it not been for the experiences at "Stotesbury". 1974-1980 Note: My grandmother says she attended a formal ball there as a teen. Best wishes to all.  Chris Adair
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Chris Adair (adair@adair.net)
Denver, CO USA - Monday, January 04, 1999 at 21:44:17 EST