The Brooklawn 9/11 Memorial ~ Top Things to see in the Philadelphia Area before you die.

The Delaware Valley 9/11 Memorial

South Hannevig and Maude Avenue
Brooklawn, NJ

Top Places to see in the Philadelphia Area before you die.

There once was this girl. She was fairly poor, but didn’t know it. Her mom was a young divorced single mother going to college at the time. She loved softball, school, and playing with her friends. Brooklawn did not judge her because she was poor. The neighborhood took her under their wing and accepted her for all her talents. They allowed her to blossom, thrive and helped to instill values in this girl to become a great woman.

This girl was me.


Picture of the Delaware River

I moved away from this little town when I was 14 years old. It had remained a positive fixture in all my life. I have resided in various towns over the years in the Delaware Valley, but it just wasn’t the same.

When my husband and I were looking to buy a home, I had mentioned Brooklawn.

It is now where I reside and hopefully, I will raise my son here. It’s a town where the kids still play outside and a loving warm community.

I am back home.

My husband has also fallen in love with this town.


Our tree lined streets

Brooklawn is like stepping back in time. You know your neighbors by name all up and down the street. We help each other. We are there for one another. The grade school is one of the best in the country and it is like going to a private school. The teacher to student ratio is 13:1. Most schools are at least 25:1 in the area, if not more. We’ve also been written about in various newspapers such as the NY Times and Washington Post, as the most innovative school in the country. Yes, we are THAT good. The children walk to school, unlike others in our country who take the bus. The music program is excellent. Teaching children how to read and play music by 4th grade with various instruments.


Our well-kept small homes built in the early 1920s

The town of Brooklawn consists of a mix of white and blue collar folks, young couples and old folks.

Small town America at it’s finest.

As far as the Brooklawn 9/11 memorial is concerned, this is probably the place you can take your kids when they wish to hear where you were on 9/11 in our Philadelphia area. Also, when they start learning about it in school. It’s a great way to break the ice and tell them about this sad scary time that affected all of our lives and changed this nation forever.

Brooklawn’s 9/11 memorial site contains 3 artifacts from all three crash sites. Consisting of a beam which weighs over 8,000 pounds from the World Trade Center site. It stands at 9′ 11″ in height. Dirt and stone are encapsulated in a display from the Flight 93 site from Shanskville, PA., and a limestone block from the Pentagon site that was damaged during the attack are all featured here.


The beam from the World Trade Towers

Our police captain of Brooklawn, Steve Saymon, put this whole memorial site together. He was a first responder at the World Trade Center during September 11th, 2001.

It is the only monument in the entire country that has artifacts from all three sites.

Which is why you need to see the Brooklawn 9/11 Memorial.


The Delaware Valley Memorial Site

It is a small, but well maintained site. It will pull on your heart strings when you see it.

It is a must to see in the area.

Ridley Creek State Park, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Ridley Creek State

Delaware County, PA.
Located between routes 252 and 352
Edgmont, PA.

Pennsylvania, I have not forgotten about you.

Top Places to See in the Philadelphia Area Before You Die.

Ridley Creek State Park is absolutely beautiful. It’s thick undisturbed forests, just outside of the city are to die for.

It consists of over 2,606 acres which makes it a very large park!


Ridley Creek State Park Mansion


This property was acquired in the 1960s by the state of Pennsylvania from Mr. And Mrs. William Jeffords, Sr. They were horse breeders in the area.

Among the fantastic activities; there are hiking and horseback riding trails, a garden, fishing, streams and tons of places to explore.

There is a horse stable here that offers horses for your riding and exploring pleasure through the vast array of wooded pathways.

The hiking is awesome and is it’s main attraction. For those looking for something a bit easier, there’s a 5 mile multi-use trail worth ferreting out.

They even have a gorgeous mansion you can rent out for weddings and special events on the park grounds.

I wanted to have my wedding here, but the date was unavailable. 😦


irises blooming in the garden

My favorite thing to do here:

I like to bring a picnic lunch and drive to where the mansion is located. It’s a great little drive. It caters to nice winding roads among the surrounding lush forest canopy. The mansion’s whereabouts are in the center of Ridley Creek State Park.

You are also welcome to bring your dog.:)

To the right of the mansion is a huge grassy hill, and a clearing from the woods.

Climb to the top of this hill for an amazing view where you can see the sights below.

It will give you a full view of the mansion, gardens, and meadow. The woods are on each side of you.

This section is where I have mostly enjoyed over the last decade.


another shot of the mansion

Also, near the mansion there is a sort of a French courtyard garden. It was built of native stone (keystone) and is very rustic. Explore! It’s a really neat feature on the side of the grounds. With eye-catching perennials and natural stone as you walk through.

When I lived in Pennsylvania, this was my favorite park to explore and go to. It’s extremely peaceful and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and the surrounding congested suburbs.

It’s only 18 miles from Philadelphia.

It’s truly a local gem of Delaware County.