|The Tarr Mansion with its balconies intact|
Diamond Park was a gift from David Mead to the city of Meadville in 1795, and was used by residents in many different ways, including drill practice by the Pennsylvania militia led by Mead. It eventually became surrounded by churches, government buildings, businesses and residences, many of which are still standing today. With the newest structures (the exception being the new county Judicial Center currently under construction next door to the Tarr Mansion) dating to the early 1900s, the Diamond has retained much of its charm-or gained charm it didn’t have.
In 1901, Evan Shippen wrote a reminiscing article in the Meadville newspaper about the Diamond that will make many of you do a double take next time you walk under a shade tree there. He wrote:
|The Diamond in 1840 by Sherman Day|
|Diamond Park, 1910. Note the Fountain in the left foreground. The Tarr Mansion can be seen in the background.|
Joshua Sherretts is President of the Board of Directors at the Crawford County Historical Society and Executive Director at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum. A lifelong resident of the area, Joshua is also the author of Around Saegertown and co-author of Oil Boom Architecture: Titusville, Pithole, and Petroleum Center. His other writings can be found in the Meadville Tribune, GoCrawfordCounty.com and Erie Times. In addition to his duties at the museum and historical society, Joshua is a involved with a number of community organizations dedicated to preserving and improving the local area. He is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he earned degrees in History and Secondary Education. Joshua lives with his wife in Meadville.
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