“Indian Hannah” Freeman
The Visionary World of Humphry Marshall, open now at the Chester County Historical Society, is an exploration of Pennsylvania’s history through the eyes of acclaimed artist/guest curator Adrian Martinez. The exhibition showcases twelve original paintings depicting the evolution of Chester County from frontier to farmland in the eighteenth century and features artifacts from the CCHS collection. During this period in Chester County’s history, ordinary people as well as the “great and strange” residents of the area were witness to, and sometimes participants in, Pennsylvania’s transformation into the cultural and financial heartbeat of America.
This show will focus on well-known local figure Humphry Marshall, the botanist, astronomer, stone mason, businessman and farmer and others of his era, like the Englishmen Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, Hannah Freeman, known as “Indian” Hannah and as the “last of the Lenape in Chester County”, Susanna Wright, and John Bartram. The poetic narrative of the original paintings, the artifacts from the CCHS collection and written informational panels all come together to provide a context which will bring the eighteenth and early nineteenth century to life for the museum visitor. This exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CHHS, located at 225 N. High Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania.