Chocolate Cake | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Chocolate Cake

Valuable “windows to the past,” diaries provide fascinating comparisons to life today, offering a slice of someone’s thoughts, activities and other memories from a particular period in time. Since cooking has been an important part of everyday life, recipes (or receipts as they were often called years ago) frequently worked their way into women’s diaries…

Lemon Pie | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Lemon Pie

Lemon pie is often considered a Southern confection, conjuring up images of plantation parties with lovely slices of the sky-high pie served on fancy china. Others may think of it as a Diner restaurant staple, a featured highlight in the revolving glass dessert case alongside other luscious treats such as cream puffs, éclairs and cheesecake.…

Phaeton | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

A Day in the Life of a Banker

This entry describes a fairly typical Saturday in Cornelius N. Weygandt’s life.  By the 1890s people generally did not work a full day on Saturdays.  One of the things that Weygandt enjoyed doing in the nice weather was driving around northwest Philadelphia and the immediate suburbs in his phaeton, a small carriage.  On this particular…