Mary Dixon Lebeau

Mary Dixon Lebeau is a searcher, always curious about the mysteries of the universe and the secrets in her own back yard. Born in South Philly, she was raised in a family who loved the city and could all do the Mummers’ strut before they could walk. A writer and editor, wife and mom of five, Mary’s adventures are documented on, while her musings are found at

As a Philly homeowner in a downtown neighborhood for over 40 years – and having worked in Philly for over 50 years, - I pretty much know my Philly history, though we all have something new to learn. After finding

Black-and-white photographs as well as an inset section of color plates enhance this showcase of wonders. From the tradition of throwing a penny on the Founding Father's grave, to learning how surgery was performed in the 19th century, to the


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