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This is the still-unfolding story of a house’s forgotten history and it’s role in the growth and development of one of western Pennsylvania’s  earliest industrial towns — Apollo borough, founded in 1816 as the town of Warren and then renamed in 1848.

When my family moved into this old brick farmhouse in the 1970s, we knew essentially nothing about the house’s history. We recognized, though, that we’d landed in  a cool, sturdily built historic home that needed just a little tlc — e.g.,  sheets of ice formed on the inside of the original old bedroom windows each winter, and the upstairs had no central heat. No air conditioning, then or now.

I was dismayed in 1991 when Apollo celebrated its 175th anniversary, and this old brick house was not mentioned in any of the literature or histories published at that time. But in those pre-Internet days, I had no clue how to research a house’s history to learn more.

I’ve since learned that if you want to know the history of a place, you shouldn’t just sit and wait and hope that maybe someone else will do the work. Go ahead and roll up your sleeves and do the research yourself. You’ll find lots of nice and knowledgeable people and organizations along the way. And be sure to share what you’ve learned with others, so you all can help to grow everyone’s knowledge base, including your own.

Please comment on posts and pages to share your own stories. And follow my blog to learn more as the story unfolds. Thanks for stopping by.

—Vicki Contie
Ellicott City, Maryland

 

PS – My full-time job is as a writer/editor for a popular health newsletter published by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It’s a monthly called NIH News in Health Check it out, and get some tips for staying healthy in today’s world.Subscribe to this free health newsletter here: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/subscribe

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Vickie, great site! I am Vice President of a local historical society in North East PA. I stumbled across an old land deed today that is a real mystery. Been scanning the Internet for any clues. Found your blog. Simon Truby is listed on it, along with several other names. I am very interested in discussing this more with you and have images I can share!

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    • Hi Annie – Thanks for writing! Would love to know more about the content of the deed you’ve found. I’m not certain if it’ll match with Apollo’s Simon Truby, though, as I’m pretty sure he lived and conducted business only in Western PA, but am not 100% certain. Let’s check it out! I’ve emailed you my contact info.
      -Vicki

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