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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Penn Society Obelisk

Penn Treaty Park

 
 
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By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
1. The Penn Society Obelisk Marker
Inscription. On 19 September 1825, a report on the location of Pennís Great Treaty was read by Robert Vaux, Vice-President of the Council of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. It was Vauxís suggestion that the society should plan an “obelisk of granite” with the appropriate inscription at the traditional spot of the treaty where the great elm had once stood at Shackamaxon. The obelisk was erected by the Penn Society in 1827 and is the earliest public monument in Philadelphia. Over the years, there has been debate about whether or not the obelisk actually marks the spot of the great elm. It was this debate that initiated the movement to make a history site of the land surrounding the obelisk. Thus, the notion of Penn Treat Park was born.
 
Location. 39° 58.008′ N, 75° 7.722′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on North Beach Street. Touch for map. The marker is located at the base of the William Penn statue. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19125, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Treaty (here, next to this marker); The Great Elm (here, next to this marker); Fairmanís Mansion (here, next to
The Penn Society Obelisk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
2. The Penn Society Obelisk Marker
this marker); Penn Treaty Park: A Place of Peace (here, next to this marker); "Associators" (a few steps from this marker); Penn Treaty Park (within shouting distance of this marker); America's First Lager (approx. 0.7 miles away); VFW Post 389 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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William Penn Statue image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
3. William Penn Statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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