Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fact Friday- Lukens Pierce House

What we've learned over these last two months is that Ercildoun's history doesn't exist only on pictures and paper, but architecture as well.

In this area, we have one of the rarest houses in the United States. It is commonly known as the "octagonal house". You can drive past it on Wilmington Road and it's just a hop, skip, and jump from Triple Fresh. The official name of this house is the "Lukens Pierce" house, due to Pierce and his family residing there. Lukens Pierce is related to Gideon Pierce, a prominent member of Ercildoun who pops up in its history very frequently.
The Lukens Pierce house

Orson Squire Fowler of New York popularized the octagon house. They popped up all over the country, with several still in existence. These types of houses were popular starting in the 1850's and ending in the early 1900's. These houses can be seen in Massachusetts, California, Illinois, and New York. It is believed that the Lukens Pierce house is the only one of its kind in southeastern Pennsylvania. 

The house was added to the National Registry of Historic Places on March 14, 1973 which is 45 years ago this week! 

The Lukens Pierce house is NOT open to the public. However, there are houses in the states we've mentioned above and ones in Mississippi that are. If you're ever in those areas, it could be worth checking out. 

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hereford Beef

Looking in the meat department, you'd see that we've added something new to our selection. This is something that even our regular customers weren't familiar with. The name is Hereford Beef and the game is providing the best taste in the beef industry.

It all started in Herefordshire, England where white-faced, red bodied cattle were being raised. America started to import the cattle in the 19th century. In 1881, the American Hereford Association (AHA) was started to protect the "genetic purity" of this breed.
An ideal candidate for Hereford Beef

In 1995, studies were conducted at the Colorado State University to see if it really does measure above the rest of the competition. What they found was its superiority in taste and tenderness in many categories. The Certified Hereford Beef program was created and has since been set as the standard for great tasting and quality beef that is sold to customers.

For a cattle to be considered by Hereford, it has to have a number of unique traits. Some of them are the following:

  • Must have predominately (51%) white face
  • Hereford and Hereford-English crossbred cattle 
    • Herefords, Black Baldies, and Red Baldies 
  • Beeftype breeding only 

To learn more about Hereford Beef, their mission, their story, or even some recipes, click this link and it will take you to their official website.

If you have any questions for us, give us a call at 610-384-5037 and ask for the meat department!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt 2018

It's almost that time of year again! Triple Fresh's annual Easter Egg Hunt planning is underway.

Date: ***TBA!!! Due to poor weather conditions for March 25, we are rescheduling the Egg Hunt and BBQ. Check Facebook for updates***

Time: 1:00pm meet up time, egg hunt starts at 1:10pm

Where: Triple Fresh Market lawn.

This year, due to its popularity, some rules have been updated to make this day as simple and fun as possible.

1. Ages will be divided into two separate groups.

1 to 5 years in one group and ages 6 to 10 in another group. Ages 1-5 will have their hunt in the back yard while ages 6-10 will have their hunt in the front yard.

2. All parents are responsible for their own children. Please DO NOT drop your children off and leave them.

3. There will be a Golden Egg  for both age groups. Whoever finds the golden egg first, wins a special surprise!

As if this couldn't get any better, we are bringing back the BBQ station during this event! Make sure to grab some and take home.

We are hoping for another great turnout for this Egg Hunt and we're so excited to host it again this year.

Keep an eye out, a special guest might make an appearance!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Fact Friday- Rebecca Lukens

The month of March is mostly recognized as the month of Women’s History. In light of that, we will discuss Rebecca Lukens as a business woman and a local important figure.

Rebecca Lukens was born on January 6, 1794 in Marlboro, New Jersey. Her father was Isaac Pennock, a Quaker, who founded the Federal Slitting Mill near Coatesville around 1793.  

Rebecca was an eager child and always willing to learn. Her father’s mill captured her interest in the business world at a young age and served as a starting point for her. Because of her family, she received a better education than most children, especially girls, during that time.  During her education in Delaware, she learned sciences, French, and mathematics.

In 1810, Rebecca’s father acquired the Coates farm and converted the sawmill that was on the property to an iron works. This would be known as the Brandywine Iron Works and Nail Factory. After Rebecca met and married Dr. Charles Lukens from Philadelphia, Lukens left the medical practice and joined the family in this iron business. While Rebecca was becoming a mother, Charles helped his father- in- law by becoming a partner in the business. Rebecca would return to the business world in a few years, however.

Rebecca Lukens

Starting in 1816, the business was being leased to Rebecca and Charles. Together they came to the conclusion that boiler plate steel was the future they wanted to head towards. They reconstructed the mill to produce these boiler plates. Sources say that in December of 1818, the mill became the first in the United States to produce boiler plate steel. This would be considered a high quality steel.

Due to this “first”, they were brought on board to construct the first iron hauled steamboat in America in 1825. This saved the mill from bankruptcy. This was the vision Rebecca and Charles had for the mill and were excited for the opportunities to continue.

Sadly, Charles never saw this project completed due to an unexpected illness which resulted in his death. He was only 39 years old and left behind a pregnant Rebecca.
This did not stop her however. She was determined to keep the family business afloat and raise her children. Not putting her eggs in one basket, she invested in a warehouse, a saddle shop, and dwellings for her workers in the Coatesville area. 

Sources say that the mill business flourished under her leadership with many calling her a genius and a savvy businesswoman. History shows that Rebecca made smart choices and stayed focused during the many hardships, tragedies, and troubles in her life.

“The First Female Industrialist” died on December 10, 1854 in her home in Brandywine Mansion. At the time of her death, she was the richest woman in Chester County.

This is a classic story of someone turning their sour lemons into lemonade. There were many times Rebecca could’ve called it quits and gave up the business when people didn’t believe in her. Instead, she believed in her own courses of action which resulted in her status today as an icon in the industrial world and is credited as the first female CEO.

Her story is inspiring since she lived during a time where women couldn’t even vote. We are happy that this Coatesville resident broke barriers and ceilings all in a time where it was deemed impossible. We hope that her story inspires all girls and women to take control of their own careers whatever it may be.

Fact Friday- Lukens Pierce House

What we've learned over these last two months is that Ercildoun's history doesn't exist only on pictures and paper, but architec...