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Old Swedes’ Church

 
 
Old Swedes' Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
1. Old Swedes' Church Marker
Inscription. “I joined in marriage the first couple, viz., Jonas Jonson, a Swede, and Anne Amesby, an English woman, in the English language.”
Diary of Rev. Andreas Sandel, July 29, 1702

Here are the memories of an all but forgotten group of early settlers in America - the Swedes. More than 300 years ago, before the founding of the city of Philadelphia, Swedes settled the Delaware Valley. Religion was important to these early pioneers who first worshipped in log buildings in 1677.

The present church was dedicated in 1700, and is now the oldest church in Pennsylvania. Later, English immigrants founded Philadelphia, resulting in the eventual assimilation of the Swedes.

Today the Episcopal congregation of Gloria Dei Church helps to preserve the pioneering heritage of the Swedes who settled here when this was only wilderness.

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church was designated a National Historic Site in 1938. Park-owned land surrounding the church helps to preserve the historic setting. The church buildings and burial ground are privately owned and administered. Visitors who enter with respect are welcome during scheduled hours.
 
Erected by National Park Service and Gloria Dei Church.
 
Location.
Old Swedes' Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
2. Old Swedes' Church Marker
Looking south.
39° 56.08′ N, 75° 8.64′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Click for map. Marker is in the parking lot of Gloria Dei Church, off Christian Street, between Columbus Boulevard and Interstate 95. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gloria Dei Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named "Gloria Dei" Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Catherine Hanson (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Avenue Immigration Station (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shot Tower (about 600 feet away); The Grand Battery (about 800 feet away); Robert Smith (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stephen Decatur (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  History of Old Swedes' Episcopal Church. (Submitted on August 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Old Swedes' Church Engraving on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
3. Old Swedes' Church Engraving on Marker
Engraving of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church by C. G. Childs, after a drawing by Thomas Sully in 1825. At that time the church was already 125 years old. Courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
4. Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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