Oak Lane, Olney and Logan - the book
I was privileged to attend a book signing at the Oak Lane branch of the Free Library. Marita Poxon is a neighbor of mine. The book signing was attended by over 100 community people and was a very lively event. Stan 22:28, 30 January 2011 (EST)
Images of America: Oak Lane, Olney, and Logan by Marita Krivda Poxon, Rachel Hildebrandt, and the Old York Road Historical Society is being published by Arcadia Publishing Co. in their Images of America series of paperbacks, filled with historical images, diligently researched, relating the history of these northern Philadelphia neighborhoods. Also included are chapters on Fern Rock and West Oak Lane. The book contains many interesting sites and identifies historic locations in this northern section of the city from its first occupation shortly after William Penn arrived in the 1680s.
The northern neighborhoods of Philadelphia, which include East Oak Lane, West Oak Lane, Olney, Logan, and Fern Rock, were first settled in the late 1600s and gradually evolved into distinct communities. Old York Road and other historical roadways connected the local farms, mills, and estates to adjoining Philadelphia and Germantown. Images of America: Oak Lane, Olney, and Logan is the first book to chronicle the history of these neighborhoods through rare photographs gathered from a variety of private and public collections. Pictured are the schools, churches, businesses, theaters, hospitals, row houses, and apartment buildings that characterize the area, as well as the estates of notables, including James Logan, Fannie Kemble, Charles Wilson Peale, Joseph Wharton, and T. Henry Asbury.
Author Marita Krivda Poxon is a medical librarian in Philadelphia and has published on local medical history and historical Oak Lane architecture. Coauthor Rachel Hildebrandt is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania with interests in architectural history and historical preservation. They collaborated with the Old York Road Historical Society, which was founded in 1936 to study and perpetuate the history of the communities along and adjacent to the Old York Road.
Where to buy
From the publisher Arcadia Publishing Company