Driving around yesterday we found this little church not far up the road and it was so strange to see the graveyard so full of Welsh surnames. Morgan, Williams, Daniels, Price, Jones, you name it was there including the surname Leek which I must admit I’ve never even seen as a surname in Wales. As you can see from the countryside beyond, the Welsh really did find a home from home in Pennsylvania.
As I travel around Pennsylvania I’m always struck how much the landscape is so much like my home back in Wales*. No wonder so many Welshmen settled here. As a result Pennsylvania has many Welsh place names – Nant y Glo, Bryn Mawr, Radnor and Gwynedd to name but a few – many outside Philadelphia. For my part I have a Wales registration plate on the back of the car!
*I’m not really Welsh but I’ve lived there for many years and frankly I’m happy to support the Welsh rugby team over the English any day 🙂