For almost three hundred years, the eastern edge of “Queen Village” was a nexus of commerce and domesticity. Direct access to the river offered trades such as merchants, ship captains, joiners, and sail makers ample […]
Clapboard, frame, or “stick” houses, which used wood for exterior siding, were built in abundance by early Colonial settlers. Here are stories behind a few wonderful wood homes in Queen Village.
The 1854 Act of Consolidation was passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to incorporate all of the townships, districts, and boroughs located in the greater Philadelphia County into the City of Philadelphia. As a result, […]
Michael Schreiber and Amy Grant write about the Sign of the Mermaid, an 18th century tavern located near the New Market.
Amy Grant writes about efforts to restore the historic church yard at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church.
Amy Grant writes about James Thomas, an early settler in Philadelphia who owned several acres of land in Southwark.
Charles Toelpe was born in 1835 in Prussia and died 47 years later during an explosion in a sugar factory. Sadly, he had little time to enjoy the grand home that he had built for his family on Morris Street.
In Southwark, Paul LaBrousse set up a vineyard on the former Bankson family plantation, located “between Second and Third Streets, near Mr. Crousillat’s [Crosby’s] tavern.”
Near the end of his life, Stephen Carmick owned a large plantation in Southwark, a small portion of which later became Morris Street.
Amy Grant writes a public scandal involving Andrew Bankson and the Swedish Church in Philadelphia in 1767.
Amy Grant writes about Andrew Bankson (1640-1705), an early Swedish settler and landowner in Southwark.
Under the proposed new regulations, all gas meters and pressure regulators would be installed on the outside of customer’s properties.