Saturday, February 19, 2011

Penn Treaty Park: or a park that I had no idea existed but is kind of a big deal

Commemorative marker. Click here for older pictures of the park.
  • William Penn and Lenape Chief Tamanend entered into a peace treaty under an elm on that site in 1683. (Okay, this actually might not be a fact. There is no historical documentation of this specific treaty. But it has become part of our shared history and William Penn was on good terms with the Lenape.)
  • The elm tree was lost to a storm in 1810 but a descendant of the tree was planted there again on May 6, 2010. 
  • The peace treaty was the subject of several famous paintings, including ones by Benjamin West and Edward Hicks.
  • The park became part of the Fairmount park system in 1894.

 To get here:
  • It involves the subway and walking. Take Market-Frankford to the Girard stop. Exit to Girard Ave and walk 4 blocks east to Columbia. Walk to the right a few blocks to Delaware Ave and voila!
  •  Or you can ask a friend with a car to drive. It's much easier that way.
  • Check out the powerful views of the park.  You can see Penn's Landing, the Ben Franklin bridge, and a great city skyline. 
  • Look at this amazing timeline of the park.
    • Know where the park is? Don't worry, I didn't either. It's hidden away in Fishtown at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Beach Street, just off Delaware Avenue.
    • Be fooled by these photos. The park is actually several acres and holds many events, such as a free concert series.

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