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  • Title: Cranaleith Spiritual Center Victorian Main House
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Cranaleith Spiritual Center is situated on ten acres in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia near the interface between Philadelphia and Bucks Counties. Earliest recorded history reveals that the Native American tribes of Essepanike, Swanpees, Okettarico, Wessapoet, and Lenape lived on the land until 1683 when they ceded it to William Penn.In 1891, Rachel Foster Avery, corresponding secretary of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, purchased the property and commissioned Minerva Parker Nichols, one of America’s first female architects, to build a house.Besides being a home for the Avery family, the house, which still stands, was designed to serve as a gathering and planning place for suffragettes, including Avery’s close friend Susan B. Anthony who was a frequent guest. The house in on the National Register of Historic Places.