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Repeat event - A stroll through Queen Village...a.k.a. Southwark, Wiccaco, New Sweden

  • Monday, October 18, 2021
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Old Swede's church, inside church grounds at 2nd and Water Streets

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  1. The earliest European settlements in Queen Village were part of "New Sweden" in a region inhabited by indigenous Lenni Lenapi who themselves called the area "Wiccaco", or "Pleasant Place".
  2.  New Sweden was contested by England, the Netherlands, and Sweden for several decades before large tracts of it came under British control as part of the 1681 land charter granted to William Penn, who renamed Philadelphia's first suburban settlement from "Wiccaco" to "Southwark," after a district in London.
  3. The best-known extant structure from this period is Old Swedes' Church (Gloria Dei) at Christian Street and Columbus Boulevard. Originally built as a block-house against the Lenape,
  4.  the church was completed in 1700 and is now the oldest surviving building within Philadelphia.


Jerry Silverman is a certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides. He earned a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature and a Master of Jewish Education from Gratz College, plus secular degrees in math education from Temple U. Jerry served as the High School principal of Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, NJ, as well as the Educational Director of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel. Since 2009, Jerry has been giving tours for Mural Arts Philadelphia, Hidden City Philadelphia, Preservation Alliance, American Jewish Committee, and Rodeph Shalom.

We'll meet at Old Swede's church, inside church grounds at 2nd and Water. 

Rain date: October 26th, 2021

All FitC members who register should be fully vaccinated. Please cancel if you have symptoms. We thank you!

FitC Contact/Questions: Heather Speirs



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