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Rittenhouse Town

 
 
Rittenhouse Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
1. Rittenhouse Town Marker
Inscription.
William Rittenhouse, first Mennonite minister in America, erected here in 1690 the colonies’ first paper mill. Successive generations of Rittenhouses built additional mills, establishing this region as the center of American papermaking. By the 1850s this village had over 40 buildings, and seven early buildings survive from this once prosperous industrial community. Scientist David Rittenhouse was born here in 1732.
 
Erected 1990 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 1.753′ N, 75° 11.41′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Lincoln Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is accessible from the parking area for Rittenhouse Town off Lincoln Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19144, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. David Rittenhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Rittenhouse Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Herb Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jacob Rittenhouse Home at RittenhouseTown (within shouting distance
Rittenhouse Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
2. Rittenhouse Town Marker
of this marker); Battle of Germantown (within shouting distance of this marker); Rittenhousetown Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Mary Davis Ridgway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ten Box Shelter (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Historic RittenhouseTown – A National Landmark District. (Submitted on October 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce
 
Marker on Lincoln Drive image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
3. Marker on Lincoln Drive
Rittenhouse Homestead circa 1690 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
4. Rittenhouse Homestead circa 1690
Abraham Rittenhouse Home circa 1720 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
5. Abraham Rittenhouse Home circa 1720
Surviving Buildings at Rittenhouse Town image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
6. Surviving Buildings at Rittenhouse Town
The Jacob Rittenhouse Home, circa 1811 (left) and the Enoch Rittenhouse Home, circa 1845 are seen here.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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