Monday, December 27, 2010

Orienteering at Hartwood April 10, 2011

Like in previous years, the Western Pa. Orienteering Club will have an event at Hartwood Acres, starting from the concert area at Middle Road. Orienteering is a land navigation sport, where participants find hidden flags in the woods by using only a topographic map and compass as aids to locate the flags. The event is scheduled for April 10, 2011 and anyone can register anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM, cost is $5.00/map. Family or group can share the one map purchased and cost is still just $5.00 for the entire group.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hartwood Acres Facebook page (click here)

Hello friends,

Sorry that I have not posted much here lately. Please check out our Hartwood page on Facebook. Just click the link above to be taken to our Hartwood Acres Facebook page. There are lots of great updates and listings of what is happening at Hartwood this summer - lots of great concerts and events to attend - most free.

My daughter and I will be at Hartwood this Saturday 7/24/10 to shoot some video of the mansion and grounds. I will post the video when I can.

There has been a discovery at Hartwood lately - a horse graveyard. I am investigating this and will report on what I find.

Until then, take care and have a great remainder of your summer!

Jeff L.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hartwood Lights needs new sponsor!

Rite Aid is not sponsoring the Hartwood Lights show anymore. They have done a fantastic job the last 18 years and have raised lots of money for worthy charities. Let's hope they find another corporate sponsor soon.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

John and Mary's Wedding Video!

This wedding video was taken June 11, 1914 (Mary Flinn was 27 years old, John W. Lawrence was 24 years old). The reception was shot at Braemar, the Pittsburgh home of Senator William Flinn. Pretty good film quality for an event that took place 94 years ago.

If you look closely at the bridal table you will see the white swan fountain centerpiece, this is the same fountain seen at the Hartwood mansion today, it is located in the hallway connector between the library and great hall.

This video was transferred to a Mini DV tape from an original 16mm family film that we have had in our family for many years. I wanted to share this film clip with my Hartwood fans, only a few people had seen this clip prior to today.

Enjoy and PLEASE post your comments as I am interested to read your thoughts on this video.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mary and her dogs.

I just found this picture of Mary and her beloved dogs, these dogs are buried in the pet cemetary adjacent to the flower garden. One of the dogs is named Teddy, the other dogs are unidentified. This picture was taken behind the mansion sometime in the mid to late 1930's. This same picture can be seen in the linen room located on the 2nd floor of the mansion near the servants quarters.


Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Flinn family pics!

These pictures of the Flinn family were given to me this week by Mason Flinn, great grandson of Mary Flinn's brother George Flinn.


This is an undated picture of Senator Flinn and his wife Nancy Galbreath Flinn with their 4 sons. Son George Flinn is seated in the front row and in the back row from the left is Ralph Flinn, Arthur Flinn and Rex Flinn.

This is an undated picture of Senator Flinn ("Boss" Bill Flinn as noted on the side of the photo). We are not sure of the identity of the other man in the photo. Senator Flinn is the man in the foreground. Thanks to Mason Flinn for sending me these photos!
Make sure you check out and join the "Fans of Hartwood Acres" FaceBook page that we started a few weeks ago. See you on FaceBook!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

We are now on Facebook!

I started a Facebook page on Hartwood called "Fans of Hartwood Acres". Please check it out and sign up for this fun page. We have around 30 friends that have joined the page but let's get some more!

Please feel free to join and post pictures of this beautiful park - spread the word and get your friends to join!

Passing of Senator Flinn info.

Article on the dedication of the William Flinn Highway (Route 8). The last time I was in Pittsburgh I noted that there are still some highway signs spelling "Flinn" as "Flynn". Wake up PennDot and replace the misspelled signs!

Hand written letter from Senator Flinn on Hotel Soreno stationary dated February 16, 1924, three days prior to his passing.

Postcard of the Hotel Soreno in St. Petersburg, Fla. This is where Senator Flinn passed away on Sunday, February 19, 1924 after a short battle with a bronchial infection. He had gone to this Hotel to plan his 50th wedding anniversary party with his wife Nancy Flinn. Senator Flinn sent this postcard 1 week prior to his passing. The hotel was vacant for several years in the 1980's and was eventually torn down in the early 1990's.

This is a scan of a newspaper article detailing the filing of Senator Flinn's will. Senator Flinn had assets at the time of his death of app. $10,500,000.00. Mary Flinn Lawrence used her portion of this inheritence to build Hartwood Acres.

This is a scan of a letterhead from Booth & Flinn Construction listing the 3 Flinn brothers as office holders in the company.

Hello friends,

I wanted to share some articles of Senator Flinn's passing that were given to me by a friend of our family. The articles were pasted into a leather binder and the binder was kept by A. Rex Flinn, one of Mary Lawrence's brothers. The newspaper articles about Senator Flinn's passing and letters from mourners are all in excellent condition from 1924 and I want to include some of them here for everyone to see. I have scanned and archived the entire binder (over 180 sheets) and have been using the scans as research for my book. Enjoy - Jeff L.