Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA

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There are suburbs, and then there are... more suburbs. And then many more suburbs. One such is a small town about half an hour outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, called Paoli.


Not to be confused with Paoli, Oklahoma, or Paoli, Indiana, Paoli Pennsylvania is the original. Founded in 1756 by Italian settlers, it was named after General Pasquale de Paoli, of Corsica, Italy, of whose head a bust sits in the Paoli Library.

Paoli's moment in the sun happened to be at a moment when the sun passed behind the clouds - yes, its fifteen minutes of fame was none other than the Paoli Massacre. Paoli's other glory is being the birthplace of the Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. That house is now a museum.

Paoli's other famous son is actually a native of Philadelphia. Wharton Esherick was a famous modernist architect. His Paoli studio is now National Historic Site.

Paoli today.

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