"Yardley Grist Mill"
It's hard to venture far in the Philly area without running right into a Quaker meetinghouse or Quaker history. It's the proverbial "you don't appreciate what you have" mentality because growing up in this area...I only thought of that funny looking man in the ridiculous hat on the "Quaker Oats" box when the word Quaker was mentioned.
Disclaimer: This is NOT what the Better Half looks like...most days.
"Main Street Yardley"
If Philly was a Monopoly game, the strategy to a no fail win would be to quickly scarf up all the Quaker-owned squares on the board. One of which would be Yardley. It meets the qualifying criteria because it was founded in 1682 by Quaker minister William Yardley. Not sure what you'd have to pay for it. But Yardley bought it from another Quaker, William Penn, for 10 pounds sterling. The downside is you couldn't put hotels on this square in Monopoly because the main part of town has maintained it's historical integrity. But perhaps a colonial Motel 6 might be okay. We'll leave the candle on for you.
Yardley is located on the Delaware River. The canal and it's towpath bisect the borough. Quakers, towpaths, and canals...oh my. Seems to be a winning trifecta in this area.
Like quite a few other Philly areas founded on Quaker pacifism, Yardley was a stop during the Civil War on the Underground Railroad. It provided hiding and safe haven for escaped slaves. But today, it is a fun town to stroll and to admire it's charm.
But our best find of the day came as a result of me drastically underestimating how cold and windy it was outside. Okay, I suck at guess-timating temps AND distances. So we took refuge in The Vault Brewing Company on Main street. Yep, it's an old bank converted into a micro brewery. Waaay cool. But warm.
"The Vault Brewing Company"
(taken with my i-phone 'cause my digits were numb)
linked to: Tuesdays Around the World, Tones on Tuesday, Our World Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesday, 52 Weeks of Happiness