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Tinicum Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lazaretto Quarantine Station

 
 
Lazaretto Quarantine Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
1. Lazaretto Quarantine Station Marker
Inscription.  A rare surviving example of a quarantine station, the Lazaretto was the introduction to America for many immigrants. Established in 1799 in reaction to a yellow fever epidemic, it operated until 1893 to inspect cargo and passengers for infectious diseases. Affected cargo was fumigated or destroyed and ill passengers were hospitalized and quarantined until recovery or death. The cemetery was here and original structures remain nearby.
 
Erected 2008 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable BuildingsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1799.
 
Location. 39° 51.733′ N, 75° 17.968′ W. Marker is in Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Lagrange Ave., on the right when traveling north on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Essington PA 19029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles
Lazaretto Quarantine Station Marker and Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
2. Lazaretto Quarantine Station Marker and Cemetery
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of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Governor Printz Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Sweden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Johan Printz (approx. ¼ mile away); Tinicum (approx. half a mile away); Tinicum Township (approx. half a mile away); Morton Homestead (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ridley Township (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Morton (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tinicum Township.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Lazaretto - Tybee Island, GA
 
Also see . . .
1. Lazaretto Quarantine Station - Tinicum Township, PA. (Submitted on December 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Lazaretto Quarantine Station - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Philadelphia Lazaretto - wikipedia. (Submitted on May 4, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
4. Lazaretto Quarantine Station Rescued - Philadelphia inquirer Article. (Submitted on March 25, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. Philadelphia Lazaretto - America’s First Quarantine Hospital
The Philadelphia Lazaretto was the first quarantine hospital in the United States, built in 1799, in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The site was originally
Lazaretto Quarantine Station image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
3. Lazaretto Quarantine Station
inhabited by the Lenni-Lenape Indians. The facility predates similar national landmarks such as Ellis Island and Angel Island and is considered both the oldest surviving quarantine hospital and the last surviving example of its type in the United States.
    — Submitted May 4, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
 
Lazaretto Quarantine Station Outbuilding image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
4. Lazaretto Quarantine Station Outbuilding
Delaware River behind Lazaretto image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
5. Delaware River behind Lazaretto
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2008, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,420 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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