This is Jacqueline Daley, who showed me around the kitchen garden at the Henry Antes plantation in Perkiomenville today. Never heard of the Antes Plantation, you say? Me either, and I suspect that's true of a lot of folks.
A search of the Inquirer archives turned up practically nothing, which is a shame, because this is a special place. I'll be writing a story about it for Friday, Aug. 12, which is the first day of their 2-day festival, a celebration that's been going on for 45 years!
Jacqueline and her husband Bill are among 730 members of the Goschenhoppen Historians, who put on the festival. It's their primary fund-raiser, bringing in as much as $20,000 - or costing them money. Depends.
Tell you what. This is an authentic 18th-century garden and house and George Washington really did sleep here. He stayed for several days in 1777, between the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown, And Bob Wood, another volunteer/historian, says the troops were encamped nearby. It seems Henry Antes' son was a colonel in Washington's army.