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The King's Highway | Frankford Tour

Philadelphia, PA


  • The Jolly Post Inn
  • Frankford Friends Meeting House.
  • Historical Society of Frankford
  • The Jolly Post Inn
  • The Jolly Post Inn Plaque
  • Frankford Lyceum
  • St Mark's Protestant Episcopal Church
  • Robert Burns House
  • The First Presbyterian Church of Frankford.
  •  Fire House
  •  Fire House
  • Park Hotel
  • Womrath Park Summer Home
  • Womrath Park

1 hour and 15 minutes
0.6 mi
Guided by Jason Sherman
Jason Sherman

Overview

Frankford is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Philadelphia; the village along Frankford Creek appears on maps from 1654. The Swedish settlement eventually came under William Penn's ownership who sold the town to the Society of Free Traders, a group of Quaker businessmen. Little did they know how much of a role Frankford would play in American history. Due to its location along the King's Highway, the town determined the strategy for the Continental Congress, hosted the Founding Fathers, and even invented the home mortgage. Come explore!


About Your Guide

Jason is the director behind the award winning documentary "The King's Highway" about the highway that connected the American colonies. Join him on a tour to discover and preserve historic places in Northeast Philadelphia along America's oldest road!


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Guide Points

  1. Frankford Friends Meeting

    Welcome to the Frankford Friends Meeting House. Quakers worshipped in this two and a half story wooden building with dark shutters and a po…

  2. Historical Society of Frankford

    Take a moment to study the stately Georgian mansion with its flat arched keystones over the windows, pedimented doorway with columns, symme…

  3. The Jolly Post Inn

    If you need a little pick-me-up, feel free to stop into the Good and Plenty Luncheonette (4600 Frankford Ave) at the corner of Orthodox St …

  4. Frankford Lyceum

    We find ourselves in front of a massive Italian Renaissance Revival building with Corinthian columns flanking the entry and a gable roof. I…

  5. St Mark's Protestant Episcopal Church

    As you'll note from the stone inscription flanked by angels on the outside, this Gothic Church was built in 1907 for a congregation founded…

  6. Robert Burns House

    In a sea of brick warehouses, this three-story Queen Anne house sticks out.

  7. The Old Fire House

    The Police Athletic League was the last tenant at 4253 Frankford Ave. The giant, bright blue twin doorways are the only clues that this bui…

  8. Park Hotel

    Find the Empire Motors shop, and then look for the roof top sticking out above it, with the triangular pediments sitting atop the windows.

  9. Womrath Park

    This triangular patch of green marked the beginning of Frankford Village in the 17th-century. Womrath Park is steeped in Revolutionary hist…


Sidewalk Reviews

  1. 2 Reviews

    1. smile138

    Great tour. Just note that PAL was forced out of the old fire house due to safety issues. It remains vacant today.

    Aug 17, 2018


    1. Jason Sherman

    Aug 14, 2018


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