Camp Woods Estate is surrounded by rich American history. Located in Ambler, Pennsylvania, the estate took its name from the adjacent 36-acre Camp Woods Land Preserve where General George Washington and his troops spent the fall of 1777 during the Revolutionary War. And the birthplace of America in Philadelphia’s Center City is only 16 miles north. (more…)

WrightIt’s not uncommon to find a midcentury modern, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home that embraces nature — after all, that was pretty much Wright’s forte. And this week’s historical shelter definitely embraces that yen for nature the famous architect’s work inspires.

And even better, it belongs to a SecondShelters.com reader. Pat Wood wrote us this month to tell us about her home — Kittatinny Manor, located along Eastern Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge, which is part of the Appalachian mountain range.

“Our home is a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced, environmental, and eco-friendly poured concrete home on 15 wooded Clean and Green acres,” Wood said. “This is a nature lover’s paradise or for someone looking for some seclusion.”

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While the town of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, may not be on your radar as a tourist destination, we’ve found a schoolhouse conversion nestled near a 30-acre nature preserve and less than an hour from Philadelphia that is sure to move it up the getaway list.

Glenmoore does have a nature preserve, state park, and a few other things nearby for quick afternoons of fun, and is about 49 minutes up I-76 to Philadelphia if you’re looking for more citified shopping, dining, or sightseeing. (more…)

gettysburgFor less than $900,000, someone will soon own a home so steeped in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War history it still has two cannonballs stuck in it.

The home sits on what is now called Confederate Avenue and was built by Herman Haupt, who was first a railroad man, and then a Union general during the Civil War. (more…)