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Captain Joseph Ridgway

Captain Joseph Ridgway was born December 1840. He was the middle child and only son of Benjamin Earl Ridgway and Margaret Fenimore Ridgway. Brother of Mary Ridgway Grundy and maternal uncle of Joseph Ridgway Grundy (namesake) and Margaret Ridgway Grundy. Raised as a Quaker, he felt it was his duty to serve his country. His Read more

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Museum Orientation Film Premier! 04/12/24

An exciting addition to the visitation experience will be the new Orientation Film that guests will view prior to their docent led tour. The film was funded in part by the generosity of Visit Bucks County, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and PARX Casino. Through the generosity of Tom Lawton, owner of Read more

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Grundy Achieves Arboretum Accreditation

The Grundy Foundation is proud to announce that it has been accredited as a Level I arboretum through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. This prestigious recognition highlights the organization’s commitment to the establishment, development, and conservation of trees and tree-focused gardens, fostering professional engagement, and promoting education for the public. Bristol Borough now has a Read more

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Museum Bedwarmer

A bed warmer was found in the Grundy Museum attic, under a floorboard in December 2019.  It consists of two parts, a metal pan with a hinged lid and a wooden handle. The lid is pierced and has a decorative etching. Unfortunately, the decoration has worn down with use and age . A bed warmer was a household accessory that Read more

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The Death of Mr. William H. Grundy

William Grundy was born on December 12th 1836. He was the third child of Edmund Grundy and Rebecca Hulme Grundy. His father was from England and arrived in Philadelphia in 1821. His mother Rebecca was part of the Hulme family, from Hulmeville. October 31st found William returning home to Bristol in the evening, after attending Read more

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Death and Mourning Walk-Through Tour

The exhibits of never-before-seen collections from the Grundy Family and 19th-century mourning and funereal objects on loan from private collections will be on display. Thank you to those listed below for loaning their exhibited objects: Registration for the dates and times below is not required Saturday, 10/28 — 1:00 PM -4:00 PM Monday, 10/30 — Read more

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Thank you for a great 2022!

We welcomed our guests in 2022 with new displays, exhibits, collaborations with local museums and historic sites and in person programming. The fall completion of our South Lawn Garden and Coach House restrooms was another highlight in the fall of 2022.  The year proved to be very busy, culminating with our Annual Victorian Holiday House. Read more

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Featured Family

Rebecca Hulme Grundy was the mother of William Hulme Grundy and paternal grandmother of Joseph Ridgway Grundy and Margaret Ridgway Grundy. Her family, the Hulmes, links us to the nearby borough of Hulmeville which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2022. Rebecca was born on May 16th 1804 in Middletown Township, Bucks County Pennsylvania. Her parents Read more

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Collections in the spotlight!

The dresser in Mary Grundy’s Bedroom Suite features collections owned by Mary and Margaret Grundy. One of our favorite pieces is the mother of pearl Tiffany opera glasses with the original velvet case. This luxury item would have given Mary or Margaret a close-up view of the performance on stage.

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Orchids: Cultivating Refined Beauty

with Michael Bowell Saturday, February 10 at 12:00 PMGrundy Library Snyder Room In collaboration with the Garden Club of Bristol Borough Michael Bowell, owner and lead garden designer at Create A Scene Inc., started his life-long orchid adventure in the 1970’s whilst attending Cook College, the Agricultural College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Read more