By Janet Stafford
Patrick McCoy and Philip Frost are stationed at Mower General Hospital in Philadelphia in THE GOOD COMMUNITY. Frankie and Lydia decide to accompany their beaus to Philadelphia after their leave ends (they have spent it in Blaineton). Carson volunteers to serve as chaperone, and this enables the crew to spend two nights at a hotel for "middling classes" and take a tour of the the big city. I'm looking forward to writing the tour!
If you read A TIME TO HEAL, you'll remember that Mower is the hospital where Patrick was sent after being shot in the leg by a nervous Union sentry. As you can see from the illustration, Mower was a large complex. It was located in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Sadly, nothing remains of the building today. Fortunately, though, a historical marker does indicate where it once stood.
Image from the Library Company of Philadelphia
Janet Stafford, Squeaking Pips Founder