PlanPhilly

Map of articles relating to:

Frankford

    • Poster for Boulevard Direct Bus

SEPTA proposes new buses for University City, Roosevelt Blvd.

SEPTA unveiled the name for its new express bus service coming to Roosevelt Boulevard: the Boulevard Direct Bus. Technically, the Boulevard Direct Bus is a mere proposal—nothing set in stone—one of…

    • Former Penn Fruit turned Thriftway, 2012 | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group

Venturi House, Frankford's Penn Fruit, and Northern Liberties row designated historic

While the commission kicked the can down the road on the case that excited the most attention—the controversial Jewelers’ Row case—several properties were added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic…

    • Columbia Singing Society | © Bob Bruhin

From 'Main Street Modernism' to common fabric: 19 sites considered for historic designation

From prime examples of “Main Street Modernism” to common neighborhood rowhouse blocks, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on designation recommended last week that 19 properties be added to the Philadelphia Register…

VIEW MORE

ABOUT FRANKFORD

Frankford, once land owned by Quakers, is a neighborhood in the lower Northeast section of Philadelphia. The neighborhood spans from Aramingo Avenue to Adams Avenue and from Roosevelt Boulevard to Cheltenham Avenue. The name Frankford likely comes from William Penn’s business with a group of Quaker Businessmen. Penn sold the “Manor of Frank” to the Quakers who were apart of the “Society of Free Traders”. By 1683 the main road through Frankford, King’s Highway, carried troops from Rhode Island to Virginia to establish a decisive victory over for the Americans at Yorktown. Today Kings Highway is one of the oldest country roads still in use. By the 1700’s Frankford was home to numerous estates belonging to prominent Philadelphia families, however by the industrial revolution many, if not all, of these country estates were destroyed in order to make way for factories and other industrial centers. There is also evidence that Frankford played an important role in the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with one of its prominent residents, Dr. Enoch Edwards, hosting an after party in which Jefferson and others were said to be in attendance. Nowadays Frankford continues to progress economically with the development of prominent shopping outlets along Frankford Avenue and easy access to center city through its SEPTA station. In recent years the area has seen its fair share of crime and drug abuse, however many residents are hopeful that the gentrification that renewed Kensington and Fishtown’s environment will spread north to Frankford. 

RESOURCES 

Historical Society of Frankford

The Frankford Gazette

Frankford Wikipedia Article

UPCOMING EVENTS IN FRANKFORD

  • Feb 26, 2017
VIEW MORE

Logging in via Facebook

Log in

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Which weekly emails would you like to receive?