Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fact Friday- Ercildoun

Over the past month we have explored the historical background of Ercildoun. This place has been in existence for a very long time and has a lot more stories to tell.

On this Friday, I would like to share some quick facts about this small but impressive place.

1. Ercildoun is about 43 acres in size.

2. It is often referred to a "hamlet" and not a city or town. A hamlet, by definition, is a small settlement, generally one smaller than a village. It is considered a large hamlet.

3. There was a tornado that took place in 1877 that was very significant and taught in college courses for quite some time. More information on that event is in the previous blog post!

4. The name Ercildoun was taken from a poem by Sir Walter Scott. The poem was titled, "Thomas the Rhymer".

5. At first, the name was spelled Ercildown until it was changed to the current spelling on April 14, 1854

6. There are about 100 people that live in Ercildoun.

7. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1985.

8. One notable residents was Rebecca Lukens, who is recognized as the first female CEO of an industrial company, Lukens Steel.

9. It is home to the People's Hall. This building was heavily apart of the anti-slavery movement.

10. It is in East Fallowfield Township, home of the best market place and caterer, Triple Fresh!

Fallowfield Meetinghouse, built in 1811

Sources used: "Ercildoun, National Historic District, East Fallowfield Township, Chester County, Coatesville PA 19320" 2018-02-1.

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