Starting Point: Home

Jake Thomas - AMST 4500 Walking Tour

Starting Point: Home

Oaks, Pennsylvania 19426, United States

Created By: University of Virginia


The start of this run is at my home, where I was born, raised, and lived my entire life. It is located on a small cul-de-sac with only 9 other houses in the middle of the suburbs near Philadelphia. My parents bought this house in 1996 and since then have made several additions and renovations, such as the unattached garage, deck, and driveway in the front. I loved this house for many reasons, but most importantly because it is a place where I felt safe when being anywhere else was scary and overwhelming. I made some of my closest friends in this neighborhood and was able to explore everything I wanted to as a child safely. One of these things was running, and once I was old enough, I began to go on runs alone all the time, always originating from here, my house. The Lenape Indians who lived in this land hundreds of years ago lived in small, tight-knit communities scattered across the land. That same theme seems to appear in the current layout of the area, as many small neighborhoods are scattered throughout the town, with most people having a good relationship with the members of their community.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Jake Thomas - AMST 4500 Walking Tour


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