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Harriton Association

The Harriton Association is a non-profit organization that exhists to educate the public, and to promote & protect the 1704 Harriton House, an early colonial estate in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania.

The Association offers programs that center around the life, philosophy and ideals of the historical figure who lived at Harriton between 1789 and his death in 1824. The scholar, philosopher & gentleman farmer, Charles Thomson, was Secretary to the Continental and Confederation congresses – as such, he designed the great seal of the United States, and orchestrated the process of our becoming our own country. An abolitionist, activist and great friend to Native Americans, he was known as “Weg-woo-law-mo-end (phonetic spelling)” or “The man who stands and tells the truth.” A little known founding father, Charles Thomson retired to Harriton House after informing George Washington that he was to become the first president of the United States. When he lived here he delved into beekeeping, farming, animal husbandry and his great love, scholarship. At Harriton, we incorporate Beekeeping classes, a Community Garden for our members, the Barn Animals we keep on the property, the classes in 18th Century Crafts (Blacksmithing, Woodturning, Bookbinding, Weaving etc..), as well as all the educational events we hold throughout the calendar year. All that we offer serves to weave together a portrait of Charles Thomson’s life.

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