Spotlight on Local History

Duffy’s Cut: Unearthing the Past

Duffy's Cut Mass Grave

Duffy's Cut, the location of a mass grave in Chester County of 57 Irish Catholic railroad laborers who came to build the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad in 1832. The workers, from Donegal, Tyrone, and Derry, died of cholera and violence two months after arrival. This talk will discuss the research being conducted at the site, where seven graves have been excavated and the work to locate the remainder is ongoing.

About the Speaker

BierneWilliam E. Watson is professor of history at Immaculata University and director of the Duffy’s Cut Project. He has published and lectured extensively on his findings related to the historical and archeological research he has conducted on the Irish railroad workers who died amid a cholera epidemic in 1832 and were buried in a mass grave.  He is author of several books, and coauthor of The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut and Irish-Americans: The History and Culture of a People.

Event Details

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, with a light reception to follow.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
1:30pm House opens | 2:00pm Talk

The Society’s House
263 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please RSVP by February 8.