All posts by Amy Grant

Amy Grant is a graphic designer and web developer. She is the founder of the Southwark Historical Society, a volunteer based group that studies the Southwark Historical District located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Stories Behind Our “Village Greens”

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 […]

Wood Homes in Queen Village

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.

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, […]

The Sign of the Mermaid

Michael Schreiber and Amy Grant write about the Sign of the Mermaid, an 18th century tavern located near the New Market.

Renewal and Restoration at Old Swedes’ Historic Graveyard

Amy Grant writes about efforts to restore the historic church yard at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church.

James Thomas and his family

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

Charles Toelpe (1835-1882)

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.

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.”

Stephen Carmick

Stephen Carmick (1718-1774)

Near the end of his life, Stephen Carmick owned a large plantation in Southwark, a small portion of which later became Morris Street.

The Bankson Scandal of 1767

Amy Grant writes a public scandal involving Andrew Bankson and the Swedish Church in Philadelphia in 1767.

Andrew Bankson (1640-1705)

Amy Grant writes about Andrew Bankson (1640-1705), an early Swedish settler and landowner in Southwark.

Advocacy Issue: New Gas Meter Regulations Threaten the Facades of Historic Homes in Philadelphia

Under the proposed new regulations, all gas meters and pressure regulators would be installed on the outside of customer’s properties.