Remembering Kensington and Fishtown : Philadelphia's Riverward Neighborhoods

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-18
  • Publisher: History Pr
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The native americans called it shackamaxon, the place where the chiefs meet, but Kensington soon became a meeting place of a different kind. Ideologies and demagogues, industry and entrepreneurs all came together in Kensington and Fishtown. Kensington was the epicenter of the American vegetarian movement, and a decade later the area's shipyards gave birth to the U.S. Navy's first submarine. In "Kensington & Fishtown," native son Kenneth W. Milano presents a collection of fascinating and diverse articles from his column "The Rest is History," Relive the golden age of Kensington and Fishtown as you learn about their fascinating pasts.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Olden Days of Kensington
Lenni-Lenape: Original Inhabitants of Shackamaxonp. 14
The Swedish Settlement of Shackamaxonp. 15
Did William Penn's Treaty with the Lenni-Lenape Take Place?p. 17
Hope Farm and the Founding of Port Richmondp. 20
The Building and Breakup of the Fairhill Estatep. 25
Early Industry in Kensington and Fishtown
Early Glassmaking in Kensingtonp. 32
John Hewson: Calico Textile Printer and Revolutionary War Herop. 35
The Fishermen of Fishtownp. 37
John Harrison: America's First Industrial Chemistp. 40
William Cramp: Founder of William Cramp and Sons Shipyardp. 43
Kensington's Sixth Ward: Textile Capital of Philadelphiap. 47
Edwin Henry Fitler: Kensington-born Mayor of Philadelphiap. 49
Hamilton Disston: Industrialist and Real Estate Tycoonp. 52
Recreation in the Neighborhood
Bachelor's Hall: Kensington's First Gentlemen's Clubp. 58
Point Pleasant: A Colonial Resortp. 60
Bathtown: Kensington's Colonial Spap. 61
Fishtown Parkp. 63
Shackamaxon Squarep. 65
The Bramble Clubp. 69
Benjamin F. Shibe: Baseball Manp. 71
Interesting Nineteenth-Century Vignettes
Earliest Known Use of the Name "Fishtown"p. 76
A Picture of Kensington in 1811p. 78
Edgar Allan Poe Reports on Kensington in 1840p. 80
USS Alligator: First Submarine of the United States Navyp. 82
A Look at Frankford Avenue in 1890p. 85
Kensington's Elite Addresses of the 1890sp. 88
The Cohocksink Creek: Kensington's Historical Borderp. 91
Stories of Cemeteries, Churches and Hospitals
West Street Burial Groundp. 96
Hanover Burial Groundsp. 98
Early Worship in Kensingtonp. 101
The Bible Christian Church and the Founding of the Vegetarian Movementp. 103
Saint Michael's Church 175th Anniversaryp. 105
The Yellow Fever Comes to Kensingtonp. 108
Norris Square: Home of Dr. Kelly's Kensington Hospital for Women, Saint Boniface Church and the Kensington Tuberculosis Dispensaryp. 110
Some Kensington Biographies
Thomas Moran: American Landscape Painterp. 116
Albert C. Barnes: Inventor and Art Collectorp. 118
W.C. Fields and Ed Wynn: Actors and Comediansp. 120
Jack "Legs" Diamond: American Gangsterp. 122
Edward Corner: Marine Merchandiser and Philanthropistp. 124
Further Readingp. 127
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