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 held on Saturday morning, April 22 from 10am to noon and will begin at the foot of Indian Queen Lane (at Ridge Avenue). The tour leaders are Ken Hinde, a local historian, and Ellen Prantl, an architect, who will highlight the social and architectural history of the street, including the Hohenadel House, the Falls Methodist Church, Old Academy Players, the site of the Hohenadel Brewery, and other noteworthy locations.
The name Indian Queen Lane commemorates the sign board of an early inn that stood up at Germantown Avenue near Queen Lane. It was originally a path used by Native Americans to connect to the Schuylkill River. Indian Queen Lane began its residential development by the early-to-mid 19th century and continued into the early 20th century. The oldest structure on the street is the Old Academy, built in 1819. Many of the houses lining Indian Queen Lane were built to accommodate upper and middle class residents, as well as working class people, who were employed in nearby mills and industries.
The cost of the two hour tour is $15 ($10 for members of the East Falls Historical Society). You may join the EFHS that morning, if you wish, for $10. An optional lunch is being planned for Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon, one of the oldest eateries on Indian Queen Lane, after the tour.