No part of the 19th, 20th, or 21st Century has touched Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation's 112 acres. Here, the farm and behavior of its workers are straight from the mid to late 1700s, immersing visitors in a living-history book focused on Pennsylvania's past and the United States' earliest days. A tour of the grounds reveals an old farmhouse, a blacksmith, and many animals, including cows, sheep, and horses. Each year might bring new residents?such as young lambs?as well as fresh crops from flax to buckwheat.
Period costumes help workers keep up an atmosphere of authenticity, as does the plantation's lack of heated buildings, which means the whole operation shuts down during cold winter months. When the weather's not chilly, the plantation also hosts educational programs with hands-on activities that let children and adults experience life on a farm from the 1700s.
Visitors could explore Tyler Arboretum for hours and still not see everything it has to offer. For one thing, it's huge?the arboretum covers 650 acres of woodlands and gardens crisscrossed with 17 miles of hiking trails. For another, it's constantly hosting educational programs and special events. And then there's the seasonal variation: the exhibits here?not to mention the flora and fauna?change by the month, week, and day.
Some of the arboretum's most colorful exhibits include a small pond, a 1,400-square-foot butterfly house, and nine interactive tree houses (open April?November) scattered across the property. Tyler Arboretum is open year-round, but some of the best times to visit are in spring and summer, when flowers are in bloom and there are no snowmen around demanding top hats and scarves.
The winner of seven consecutive Best Custom Framing awards from CityVoter users, Masterpieces Fine Art & Custom Framing stocks more than 2,300 frames, including work by industry mainstay Larson-Juhl. Its skilled framers meld function and aesthetic form to secure works of art in everything from American hardwood to 22-karat-gold-leafing frames to metal handcuffs. Aside from framing, the staff also restores faded or creased photos to their original vivid states and brings photos to life by converting them into imitation oil paintings or watercolors that look like they were born from hours of meticulous brushstrokes.