Women and the War

Women and the War

Women history-makers aren’t a new concept in Pennsylvania. While the soldiers waged war on the battlefields families stayed behind in towns and cities. Women, children, and other non-fighting citizens were left to make their own mark on American history. And in the end, it was just as important as what happened on the battlefields. Here’s the story of Pennsylvanian families coming together and the impact they left on the Civil War era.

Eden Cemetery – Collingdale

Eden Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery located in Collingdale, Delaware Country, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Established in 1902, it is the oldest African-American-owned cemetery in the United States. The cemetery is still in operation. Among the notables interred here are African-American writer, lecturer and abolitionist Frances Harper (1825-1911), a tireless freedom worker and advocate for women rights. Frances published her first book of poetry when she was twenty. At age 67 she published her first novel, the widely praised “LoLa Leroy” one of the first written by an African-American woman. She was also a strong supporter of women suffrage.

African American Museum of Philadelphia

Celebrating its 35-year anniversary, The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. With collections that include diaries, furniture, and period clothing it houses the stories of African American women and the families they raised. Check out their award-winning exhibit, Audacious Freedom, an interactive experience that guides you through important moments of the African American history. Best of all, you’ll find it right amongst the hustle and bustle of busy Center City Philadelphia.

Eat Here: City Tavern - Old City, Philadelphia

Enjoy authentic colonial dining-think pewter goblets, hard bread-in the very spot John Adams and Paul Revere imbibed some revolutionary ale. Superb food, wait staff in period dress and a tidy little gift shop make this the perfect dining experience right in Philadelphia's Old City. Raise a glass to toast the efforts of the countless heroes who fought for peaceful days like this.

Sleep Here: Omni Hotel Independence Park - Old City, Philadelphia

The perfect complement to all that history you'll experience is to stay at the Independence Park Hotel. This hotel is located in the center of Old City and near shopping, some of the city's best restaurants and within blocks of the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center.