Near Barry in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
New Philadelphia Townsite
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
Founded in 1836 by Frank McWorter, New Philadelphia is the first known town planned and legally registered by an African American in the United States. McWorter used his earnings to purchase 16 of his family members out of slavery. The site of this frontier community of European Americans and African Americans is a nationally significant archaeological site advancing our understanding of free, rural communities and the abolitionist cause in the Antebellum Era.
National Park Service
United States of the Interior
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 39° 41.88′ N, 90° 57.686′ W. Marker is near Barry, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is at the intersection of 2000N and Broad Street (Illinois Highway 106), on the right when traveling east on 2000N. When on Highway 106, turn east on the Baylis blacktop. There is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barry IL 62312, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of New Philadelphia (here, next to this marker); First Baptist Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); M60 Tank (approx. 4.2 miles away); Little Red Brick (approx. 6.1 miles away); Robert Earl Hughes (approx. 8½ miles away); William Grimshaw House (approx. 9.9 miles away); Reuben Scanland House (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Pike County Poet (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barry.
More about this marker. This sign is under the kiosk/pavilion. There are several more signs there for you read about the history of New Philadelphia. There are also guideposts along where the town streets used to be where you can use the New Philadelphia AR app (available free in the appstore) to see what daily life would have looked like in the town. Internet is available. For more information on the site or app, you can stop by the Barry Public Library and Museum.
Regarding New Philadelphia Townsite. The buildings at the site today are not original to the site but are similar to what was likely there. The cemetery is on private property so do not try to go find it. The house on the southeast end of the site is also private. Please stay near where the guideposts are to avoid trespassing.
Categories. • African Americans • Anthropology & Archaeology • Settlements & Settlers •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Last updated on June 4, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.