Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Backyard in the Capital City
Independence National Historical Park
An accurate portrait of home life in 18th-century Philadelphia would have to describe the backyard. For a wealthy few it could be a lush garden retreat, while for those of modest means it was the scene of practical household activities.
Gardens provided fresh vegetables, and herbs for medicines. Flowers enlivened walkways and window boxes. Rainwater from the roofs ran down spouts into large wooden barrels, later to be poured into tubs for washing clothes. A stable held horses, cows, carriages. And, of course, the “necessary,” or outhouse, stood close enough to the house for winter, and not too close for summer.
In the backyard many activities took place in a small space, illustrating the intensity of development here in the late 1700s when Philadelphia was the capital city of the United States.
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
Topics. This historical Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 56.859′ N, 75° 8.82′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from S 4th Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located in the garden behind Carpenters’ Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Dock Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); “Evangeline” (within shouting distance of this marker); Carpenters' Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Quaker School Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Old St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); First Continental Congress (within shouting distance of this marker); A Working-Class House in the Capital City (within shouting distance of this marker); Quaker Meeting House Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a picture showing a woman and child feeding chickens in their backyard.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.