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Rachel Carson Homestead

Rachel Carson House
Rachel Carson Homestead is located in Pennsylvania
Location 613 Marion Avenue, Springdale, Pennsylvania,
Built 1870
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76001601[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 22, 1976
Designated PHLF 1975[2]

Rachel Carson Homestead, also known as Rachel Carson House, is a National Register of Historic Places site in Springdale, Pennsylvania, United States, 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River.

It is a five-room farmhouse which was the birthplace and childhood home of Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book Silent Spring launched the modern environmentalism movement. She wrote her influential book Silent Spring at Rachel Carson House (Colesville, Maryland).

The homestead is managed by the Rachel Carson Homestead Association, a nonprofit organization established in 1975.

The organization has established an ongoing Rachel Carson Legacy Challenge: challenging individuals, government, industry and institutions to lessen their ecological footprint through the Rachel Carson Legacy Challenge which uses Carson's environmental ethic as the benchmark for permanent and measurable change: - to live in harmony with nature - to preserve and learn from natural places - to minimize the impact of man-made chemicals on natural systems of the world - to consider the implications of human actions on the global web of life.

Other activities include annual events - Rachel's Sustainable Feast - a street fair with regional chefs showcasing local, sustainable foods, farmers markets, environmental and conservation groups and eco-friendly vendors, and the Rachel Carson Legacy Conference which tackles today's issues of environment and health.

The Rachel Carson Challenge, a 35 mile wilderness hike on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice, is in honor of Rachel Carson's contribution to the environment and passes through the Homestead. The Rachel Carson Trail is managed by the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy.

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  • Kidney, Walter C. (1997). Pittsburgh's Landmark Architecture: The Historic Buildings of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.  

External links

  • Rachel Carson Homestead
  • Rachel Carson's Silent Spring a visual history curated by the Michigan State University Museum
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