Hog Island

January 22nd, 2014

American International Shipbuilding built a shipyard at Hog Island in 1917. At the time Hog Island was the largest shipyard in the world with 50 slipways.The land is now occupied by the Philadelphia International Airport.

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Independence National Park

January 22nd, 2014

Independence Hall, formerly called the Pennsylvania State House, is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and US Constitution was drafted. It features George Washington’s original “rising sun” chair used as he presided over the Constitutional Convention. Independence Hall is owned and operated by the National Park Service and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. […]

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Arch Street Meetinghouse

January 22nd, 2014

The land was donated by William Penn in 1693 as a burial ground for members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers. The meetinghouse was designed by Own Biddle and built between 1803 and 1805 atop the graveyard.

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Bordentown City

January 22nd, 2014

The first European settler arrived in Bordentown in 1682. By the mid 18th century, Bordentown was a major throughway for people and freight between New York City and Philadelphia. Once home to many historical figures, Joseph Bonaparte, former King of Naples and Spain and brother to Napoleon I of France, famously resided in Bordentown for […]

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Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company

January 22nd, 2014

The Beaux-Arts style main building was built in 1916, which includes the Boiler House, Coal Towers, Turbine Hall, and Switch House. The Turbine Hall Annex addition was built in 1939-1942.

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Pennsbury Manor

January 22nd, 2014

Pennsbury Manor is a recreation of William Penn’s country estate from 1683 to 1701. The grounds feature reconstructed buildings including Penn’s house, stable and barn, and gardens. There is also a visitor’s center with an audio visual presentation, changing exhibits, and picnic grounds. Several buildings can be seen from the river, call ahead for access […]

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Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company

January 22nd, 2014

Sun Shipbuilding was a major shipbuilding company in Chester from 1917 to 1989. During World War II, it participated in the U.S. Government’s Emergency Shipbuilding Program. Today, the former Sun Shipbuilding Yard has been extensively reclaimed for other uses. While environmental remediation and development have mostly destroyed the yards structures, evidence of the some of the 28 slipways is […]

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Walt Whitman House

January 22nd, 2014

Walt Whitman House, once owned by the famed poet, is now a National Historic Landmark and a museum to Whitman’s life.

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Carpenters’ Hall

January 22nd, 2014

Built 1770-1774, this meeting hall was built by the Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest extant trade guild. It also was the location for the First Continental Congress in 1774.

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Point Breeze Historic District, Bordentown City

January 22nd, 2014

Once a major transportation hub, Bordentown was in economic decline at the end of the 19th century. Because of this, the architecture has maintained its 19th century scale. Bordentown’s historic buildings maintain a high-style 18th to late 19th century character.

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