Get to know the many neighborhoods of Philadelphia in Agent Lady’s blog series “Philly Neighborhood Spotlight.” Whether you are looking to buy a home in this wonderful City of Brotherly Love or just want to get to know the lay of the land, read about the history, location, and highlights of Philly neighborhoods.
The South Philly neighborhood Pennsport is located between Washington Avenue south to Snyder Avenue and rom 4th street east to the Delaware River.
Pennsport was originally part of Moyamensing Township until the Consolidation Act of 1854, which took multiple townships and made them part of the city of Philadelphia. Before this consolidation, Pennsport played a large role in importing goods since the Delaware River was just a few blocks away. It was home to multiple ports that imported goods to the city of Philadelphia.
During the Revolutionary War troops would set up encampments in what is now known as Jefferson Square at 4th and Federal Street. This placement allowed soldiers to have easy access to the Delaware River while fighting for independence.
In 1801 the country’s first naval yard opened on the Delaware River at the end of Federal Street. It was in operation until 1875. In fact, the USS Philadelphia was constructed in this naval yard.
In 1901, a thriving Irish community started the famous Mummers. Pennsport locals will dress up in bedazzled and outrageous costumes and parade through Philadelphia on New Year’s Day. It still runs to this day.
Pennsport is full of rich South Philly traditions. Some of the homes that sit on the tree-lined streets date back as early as 1815. It is very community based and is predominantly residential. There are a handful of restaurants and corner bars sprinkled throughout Pennsport. Many residents are part of the Mummers clubs and participate in neighborhood events.
Highlights and Events
The major event that takes place in Pennsport is the Mummers New Year’s Day parade. Wake up bright and early to ring in the new year on Broad Street as Philadelphia residents dress up in ridiculous costumes and parade down Philly’s main street. You can also visit the Mummers Museum located on Washington Avenue and Second Street.
You can find the famous Federal Donuts on Second Street. The unlikely pairing of a donut and fried chicken quickly becomes a favorite snack to anyone who resides in Pennsport.
Looking to Move?
Does a quiet neighborhood rich in tradition sound like somewhere you would like to live? Pennsport may be the neighborhood for you! Contact Philadelphia’s leading real estate agent, Cherise “Agent Lady” Wynne, for your free buyer consultation today!
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