The history of Philidelphia County, Pennsylvania, which encompasses the greater Philadelphia area, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 139 Page Booklet, compiled from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The Day and Egle histories cover the early years, while excerpts from the WPA book give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, relating to sightseeing possibilities. The recently added excerpt from the 1946 book includes a map of the county, several pictures and an update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early days and Early settlers; population growth; physical features; William Penn’s plan for Philadelphia; John Key, first English child born in city; Extracts from early writings; Early shelters: trees and caves; Penn’s Great Treaty with Indians at Kensington; Letitia House and Slate-roof House, residences of Wm Penn; Appearance, life and character traits of Wm Penn; Early Swedish settlers at Wicaco (before Penn); An Early tour of the area; Early churches and ministers; Influence of Mr. Whitfield on his audience; A humorous account of the “Paxton Boys” threat in 1764; Stories about Dr. Benjamin Franklin, including the epitaph he wrote for himself at age 22; The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall; Movement toward Independence, Struggle to pass the Declaration; and Adams’ prediction that July 4th will be “commemorated” by “succeeding generations”; The Occupation of Philadelphia by Sir William Howe – including plays at the Old Theatre with scenes painted by Major Andre’ and Capt. Delancy, and other entertainments; “The Battle of the Kegs,” a humorous Revolutionary War incident in story and poem; The University of Pennsylvania and Girard College; Bios of Robert Morris, Stephen Girard, Thomas Godfrey, and Jacob Ridgway; Fairmount Water Works; Germantown; Manayunk; Laurel Hill Cemetery; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include Market Street, Philadelphia (full page); Penn’s Treaty Tree at Kensington; Treaty Monument; Letitia House; Slate-roof House (2 views); Old Swedes Church at Southwark (2 views); Christ Church on Second St.; the Old Courthouse; Old State House, or Independence Hall (2 views); Old London Coffee-house; Franklin’s Grave; Pennsylvania Hospital; University of Pennsylvania (3 views, 1 full page); Merchants’ Exchange and Girard Bank; Girard College; the United States Mint; the United States Bank; United States Naval Asylum; Blockley Almshouse; Wire Suspension Bridge across the Schuylkill; Fairmount Water Works (full page); Eastern Penitentiary; Moyamensing Prison; Manayunk; Birthplace of David Rittenhouse; the First Church at Wicaco; View of the new City Hall (full page); Old Navy Yard; View of the Delaware, Front of the City of Philadelphia (full page); Girard College; and the Old Germantown Academy (full page); the International Exposition of 1876; a 1940 tour of the city with Points of Interest shown on a map of the city’s central section.
Philidelphia County, PA
Sources: History of Philadelphia Pennsylvania; Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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