Indian Queen Lane is, hands down, the most historic street in East Falls: 300 years of history in, like, 300 feet.
Learn more about this fascinating old Native American footpath appearing on colonist’s maps as early as 1692, when it was the main trail from the Falls to Philadelphia.
Download the self-guided tour below, or come out Saturday, October 18th for our informal yet thoroughly educational Walking History of East Falls’ oldest street!
We’ll share even more stories — Hessians, beer barons, secret caves. Industrialization, Immigration, Civil Rights. Gossip, oversharing. You may recognize some names… possibly your own.
Our historic churches at either end of the street will open their doors to the public. Check out fascinating historic documents on the walls of Falls of Schuylkill Baptist, and don’t forget to thank the ladies for sharing their treasure trove of vintage East Falls photos. (btw, stay tuned for more to come as our scanning/cataloging project continues — volunteer opportunities available)
And make sure you say hello to the good folks in the Methodist Episcopal at the top of the hill, who’ll be providing refreshments and — can’t thank them enough for this — bathroom access. BTW, Methodist Episcopal was featured in Hidden Philadelphia’s “Top Ten Ways To Reuse A Church” (appropriated by the design firm Ennis Nehez):
“With elements of the Greek and Renaissance Revival styles, the former Falls of the Schuylkill Methodist Episcopal is cozily nestled on a steep, very 19th-century block on a uniquely named street. When the shrinking United Methodist congregation closed its doors in 2006, the church seemed likely to sit around as a vacant memento of East Falls’ past. Enter designer Val Nehez, who converted the first floor into an open-office work space for freelancers and small businesses, including her own, Design Nehez; other tenants include Cooper Graphic Design and the vegan bakery Pure Sweets. The church’s unaltered upper floor is still available for lease.”
FREE PARKING at Old Academy.
Join one of our charming tour guides at any point.
HISTORIC IQL WALKING TOUR:
300 YEARS in 3(ish) blocks
Saturday, October 18 * Noon to 2:00 pm
FUN & FREE