Senior Scoop
February 4th Edition
Dear Whitemarsh Township!
Please find below community resources and some fun activities you can do from the comfort of your own home! Please share the newsletters and information with any friends or family, specifically area seniors. If they want to sign up to receive these newsletters they can e-mail us at ParksandRecreation@whitemarshtwp.org.

Stay safe and remember "Social Distancing",
The Parks and Recreation Team

A special thank you to our First Responders, medical staff, and everyone else who is working to keep our community safe.
Erdenheim Farm
Local history is something that we should learn and cherish as it gives us important insight into our past. We're going to begin this series with a look into our very own Erdenheim Farm as it is a definite point of interest in the history of Whitemarsh Township.
Erdenheim Farm
Historical Events -

  • 1683 - William Penn provides a land grant to the Farmar family and part of that land is what would eventually become Erdenheim Farm.
  • 1765 - Johannes Hocker purchases 200 acres of land and names it Erdenheim, meaning Earthly Home or Sanctuary in German. His main pursuit with the farm was purely an agricultural pursuit.
  • 1860's - Erdenheim Farm is bought by Aristedes Welsh, who brings horse-breeding to Erdenheim. His racehorses go on to compete in the Kentucky Derby and other top level horse races of the time.
  • 1912 - The land is bought by George Widener Jr., a well-known philanthropist who was very interested in horse-breeding. One of the horses he raised at Erdenheim, Jaipur, won the Belmont Stakes. During his ownership of the farm, they maintained the agriculture operations in addition to the horse breeding and training.
  • 1971 - The unfortunate passing of George Widener Jr. left a portion of the farm to his nephew Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr. (a former owner of the 76ers), who focused his efforts on raising award winning cattle, sheep and horses until 2006.
  • 2009 - The Whitemarsh Foundation acquired a portion of the farm, while the McCausland family purchased another portion under the agreement to run it in combination.
  • 2014 - The Dixon Meadow Preserve is dedicated and provides beautiful nature preserve with a boardwalk cutting through to allow visitors to witness the power and beauty of life and nature.

Learn more about Erdenheim Farm in the links below and check out the video that they put together.
Mindful Wellness

Try the free Daily New York Times Mini Crossword Puzzle. Check back each day for a new puzzle!
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Check out a new e-book or e-magazine by visiting our friends over at the William Jeanes Library. 

Mindful Exercises

Open the above Document and practice 6 different ways to ease your mind and body.
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Jigsaw Puzzles

Looking to do a puzzle, but don't have any? Try an online puzzle at https://www.jigsawplanet.com/
Community Resources
Whitemarsh Pharmacy is offering curbside pick up and free local delivery! Call them at 610-828-5222 for more information on fill prescriptions and ordering essential items and supplies.
The Market at Lafayette Hill is offering curbside pickup and delivery Monday-Friday.
For more information visit www.themarketoflafayettehill.com/
or call the store at 610-941-7101.
See a message from the Whitemarsh Police Department about COVID-19 related scams.

All GIANT stores will open for customers over the age of 60 from 6:00-7:00AM.
COVAID connects neighbors helping with getting groceries, picking up prescriptions, and more.
United Way of Pennsylvania Dial 211 or text your zip code to #898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free.
Ready MontCo is a service from Montgomery County Dept. of Public Safety. Learn more information by visiting their website.