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Historical Photo Location Revealed: The Von Trapps' Merion Home

The 'Sound of Music' family lived in this Merion home.

Historical Photo Location Revealed: The Von Trapps' Merion Home Historical Photo Location Revealed: The Von Trapps' Merion Home Historical Photo Location Revealed: The Von Trapps' Merion Home

Last Monday, we asked readers to identify the location of a c. 1940 photo taken somewhere in the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch area.

The answer, as one reader guessed correctly, is a home on Merion Road in Merion Station. From 1939 to 1943, the home was the residence of the von Trapp family—on whom the musical The Sound of Music is based.

The family of singers had sought refuge in America after fleeing Nazi-controlled Austria. Merion lawyer Henry Drinker Jr. offered the use of his Merion Road home, rent-free, according to The First 300: The Amazing and Rich History of Lower Merion

The family continued their Austrian traditions while living in Merion Station—including wearing lederhosen and pausing in their afternoons to have Austrian coffee hour (photo in the gallery above).

Read more about the von Trapp family's stay in Merion on the Lower Merion Historical Society website and Philly.com

Make sure to check out this week's historical photo challenge.

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