On a warm June Saturday in 1902, Frank Reid Diffenderfer, his family and his neighbors from North Duke Street in Lancaster – the Slaymakers and the Fondersmiths – set out by train to see Miss Blanche Nevin at her home near Churchtown in Caernarvon Township. Miss Nevin had recently taken up residence at Windsor Forge, the home of her great-grandfather, Robert Jenkins, an ironmaster of the nearby namesake forge.
Miss Nevin is pictured here on her porch with some of the eccentric furnishings she collected on her many world travels. Known for her sculpture and poetry, her most famous piece is the lion fountain at Reservoir Park in Lancaster. This is one of many photographs taken by Mr. Diffenderfer during the long weekend at Windsor Forge. Diffenderfer was an editor of the Lancaster New Era newspaper and a bit of an amateur photographer. To see Miss Blanche and several other of Mr. Diffenderfer’s photographs, check out the new exhibit “A Visit to Windsor Forge” in LancasterHistory.org’s lower level.