An Immigrant's Chest in Chester County

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and its celebration of Irish heritage, today we spotlight a museum object with an Irish connection.

John Forsythe was born in Northern Ireland in 1754 and brought this sea chest with him when he immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1773 at the age of nineteen. He settled in East Bradford Township and adopted Quaker views and principles. In 1776, he moved to Birmingham Township and became the teacher of the school at the Birmingham Meeting house - a position he held for 20 years. He later became the first headmaster at West town school.  He was also a founding contributor to the establishment of the West Chester Academy. Today the chest is empty, but one wonders what John Forsythe might have brought with him. What would you bring?

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