Lydia Darrah's House
The house of Lydia Darrah (1728-1789). Lydia was a midwife and Philadelphia's first female undertaker. When British troops occupied Philadelphia in 1777, General William Howe took up residence across the street from the Darrah home. Lydia regularly collected information by eavesdropping and sent this information in code to the Continental Army.
Coffin, Charles Carelton The Boys of '76 (Franklin Square, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1879)
Courtesy the private collection of Roy Winkelman