Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to Washington Square
Southeast Square, renamed for George Washington in 1825, only slowly lived up to Penn's ideal. In the 18th century, it served as a burial ground and pasture. In the 19th century the city added trees, walks, benches, lamps, and an ornamental fence. An 1846 guidebook described the Square as "beautiful and fashionable."
In the mid-2oth century, residents added the memorial to Washington and unknown soldiers of the American Revolution. It remains the Square's centerpiece.
The Square's importance to the nation was formally recognized when it became part of Independence National Historical Park at the beginning of the 21st century.
Location. 39° 56.86′ N, 75° 9.076′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street and 6th Street, on the left when traveling west on Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Washington Square (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Moon Tree (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of the Many American Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); Penn's Plan (a few steps from this marker); The Capital City (a few steps from this marker); A Fashionable Promenade (a few steps from this marker); Sorrow and Joy (within shouting distance of this marker); Linked in Memory (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers in Washington Square
Also see . . . Washington Square - U.S. History.org website. (Submitted on July 9, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Horticulture & Forestry • Military • Notable Persons • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.