Since the 1870’s, the station was an entry point and processing center for immigrants, primarily from Southern and Eastern Europe. From here, newcomers moved into the city or other parts of the state.
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.
After moving to Philadelphia from the suburbs in 2008, Jim Murphy was fascinated by the colorful, shimmering mosaics he found on Gaskill, Leithgow, and South Streets.
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.”
This is a powerful and poignant tribute to the millions of Irish immigrants who fled in “coffin ships” to the U.S. between 1845 and 1850.
Near the end of his life, Stephen Carmick owned a large plantation in Southwark, a small portion of which later became Morris Street.
Old Pine has the highest density of any graveyard in the city of Philadelphia, with 3,000 or more people buried in less than an acre.
At the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, you’ll find an astonishing collection of unique documents, watercolors, genealogical records, letters, diaries and more.
Commodore John Barry played an extraordinary role in our country’s history. Without his heroism and leadership, we might well be swearing allegiance today to the Queen of England.
This historic fort has something for everyone: Living history, military reenactments and even a strong reputation for paranormal activity.
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.