Category: Historic Sites

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 […]

The PSFS Building

There’s much more to this deceptively simple, skyscraper with the famous neon sign than meets the eye. It’s timeless! “The PSFS Building is one of the city’s most important buildings,” claims Ken Hinde, former director of the […]

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.

The Library Company of Philadelphia

If you’re looking for books, prints, periodicals, photos or ephemera from Colonial America through the 19th century, this is the place to go! Like so many things in our city, the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) […]

Hats off to Richard Tittermary, the 1798 Southwark Direct Tax Surveyor of the Revenue, But a Sad Moment for a Missing Antiquity

Richard Major writes about the 1798 occupants and owners of property on Becks Alley, located between Swanson and Front Streets.

The Acadian Connection

Longfellow’s popular poem Evangeline still has people searching for the tombs of the Acadian heroine and her lost lover Gabriel in Philadelphia – even though they’re fictional characters!

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.

The Magnificent Masonic Temple

Inside are seven spectacular halls representing different cultures and styles – each one more dazzling than the last. The building is an architectural tour de force.

Captain Gustavus Conyngham, USN, King George III’s Worst Nightmare

This daring Errol-Flynn-type character terrorized English ships, capturing more vessels than Commodore John Barry and Captain John Paul Jones combined.

Reading Terminal Market

A venerable institution that almost went out of business some 30 to 35 years ago, Reading Terminal Market is still fighting the good fight today.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

According to Jim Murphy, this one-of-a-kind creation should be #1 on every Philadelphian’s bucket list.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

This historic special-collections library and museum on Washington Square welcomes residents and tourists alike.