Photo: Von Trapp Family Christmas In Merion Station

The Trapp Family Singers, depicted in Sound of Music, lived in Merion Station from 1939 to 1943.

The photo above, courtesy of the Lower Merion Historical Society, depicts the Von Trapp family at Christmas time, during their four-year stay in Merion Station.

The family, whose story inspired The Sound of Music, settled briefly in Lower Merion after fleeing Nazi-controlled Austria. They lived on Merion Road in a house lent by music patron Henry Drinker Jr., before moving to a Vermont farm in the mid-1940s.

The Lower Merion Historical Society caption reads: "The von Trapps with the family priest, Father Franze Wasner, at left, who also conducted the twelve singing Barons and Baronesses."


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