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Mount Pleasant


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1762/00/00 Thomas Nevell Architect, Carpenter Mount Pleasant is built in the countryside near the city for John Macpherson and his wife Margaret. Macpherson was a privateer, or a pirate, who had had "an arm twice shot off" according to John Adams.
1775/00/00 John Adams Guest John Adams visits Clunie calling it "the most elegant seat in Pennsylvania." Original paneling with ornamental carving still show the elegance of the lifestyle of colonial elites.
1779/03/22 Benedict Arnold Owner Benedict Arnold buys Clunie for his wife Peggy Shippen. Benedict specifically made the property over to her, although, due to the high price of the estate and Benedicts deteriorating funds, he had to sell it before the couple move in.
1792/00/00 Lt Col Jonathan Williams Home Jonathan Williams, a grandnephew of Benjamin Franklin, buys Mount Pleasant mansion. He lived there intermittently until his death in 1815. His children sold the estate to Fairmount Park.

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Particulars for Mount Pleasant:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000685
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Georgian
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1761, 1762
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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