Remapping Streets in Queen Village in the 19th Century

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, neighborhoods like Queen Village, which had operated under independent municipalities, officially became governed by the City.  To further these efforts, additional Read More

James Thomas and his family

Amy Grant writes about James Thomas, an early settler in Philadelphia who owned several acres of land in Southwark.

Paul LaBrousse, an Early Winemaker in Southwark

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.”