Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Old Swedes’ Church
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. 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.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches, Etc. • Colonial Era • Notable Places • Political Subdivisions • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 658 times since then and 7 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.