Society Hill Philadelphia History

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Philadelphia, PA - Society Hill, As you might think the name implies, it's neither an elevation nor the site and badge of social position. It's actually named for the Free Society of Traders to whom William Penn made liberal concessions of land and privileges.Philadelphia, PA - Society Hill, As you might think the name implies, it's neither an elevation nor the site and badge of social position. It's actually named for the Free Society of Traders to whom William Penn made liberal concessions of land and privileges.

 

A sawmill, a glasshouse, and a tannery made up its assets in 1683. In the 18th century, Society Hill was removed from the avenues of commerce and given the residential character it retains today.

It fell upon hard times in the 20th century, but today it is a model of urban renewal and urban amenity in a historic setting. A now vital part of the city, Society Hill is made up of the areas from Walnut Street to Lombard Street and from the Delaware River to Washington Square.

One of Society Hill's many charms is that its homes are not museums, but are lived in by Philadelphians who love 18th and 19th century houses. And, people who enjoy the hassle-free lifestyle provided by living in Center City condominiums, which are spread fairly evenly throughout the area.

 


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