“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Washington Square

Washington Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Washington Square Marker
Inscription. Washington Square (6.4 acres) is one of the original five squares laid out by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme in the plan for the city of Philadelphia in 1682. First designated as Southeast Square, it was renamed Washington Square in 1825 in honor of America's most illustrious Revolutionary War General and First President of the United States, General George Washington.
During the American Revolution, Washington Square served as a burial ground for over 2,000 Continental soldiers and British prisoners. It has remained an open space public parkland since 1816 as have three of the other original squares - Franklin, Logan and Rittenhouse. Center Square, at Broad and Market Streets, is now the site of Philadelphia's landmark City Hall.
Park Rules
No dogs, bicycles or alcoholic beverages are permitted in the Square. Your cooperation in helping protect and maintain this historic area is requested and appreciated
Erected by The Fairmount Park Commission.
Location. 39° 56.855′ N, 75° 9.08′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Walnut and 6th Streets. Touch for map. Marker is near the northeast corner of the park. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Tree lined walk into Washington Square. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Tree lined walk into Washington Square.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bicentennial Moon Tree (here, next to this marker); In Memory of the Many American Soldiers (here, next to this marker); Penn's Plan (here, next to this marker); The Capital City (here, next to this marker); A Fashionable Promenade (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Washington Square (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 Washington Square Markers.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraMilitaryNotable PlacesWar, 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 822 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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