Walking Tour of Indian Queen Lane Saturday morning, April 22 from 10am to noon ๐Ÿ—“

East Falls Historical Society sponsors Walking Tour of Indian Queen Lane Join the East Falls Historical Society for a spring walking tour up old Indian Queen Lane, perhaps one of the most diverse streets in East Falls – both architecturally and socially, with about 175 years of American architectural styles represented. The walk will be […]

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East Falls Hessians and a Betsy Ross connection?

Thanks to the Chadwick Papers*, we’ve got information to add to our “Hessians Are Coming” post. We now know the names of two Hessian commanders who were encamped in the East Falls area, one of whom may have had a liaison with Betsy Ross: Wilhelm von Knyphausen. He was second-in-command of the Hessian forces in […]

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The Hessians are coming! (for our beer)

It wasnโ€™t as famous as Paul Revereโ€™s warning, but the cry “The Hessians are coming!” was, for many colonial Americans, a terrifying prospect. And in 1777, our own Indian Queen Lane was “Ground Zero” for an entire encampment.ย  Of course it was! This area was strategically important as a major thoroughfare into the heart of […]

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When oysters were peanuts

They sure loved their oysters at the Hohenadel Brewery on Indian Queen Lane. We found hundreds of shells at the site this morning, unearthed by a construction crew digging up the site of the old brewery for condominiums. That many fresh oysters would be worth thousands of dollars today at an upscale center city restaurant, […]

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