Eleven tracts of land established by William Penn in 1682 gave Roxborough its start as an important and vibrant neighborhood in Philadelphia. Early pioneers like Levering, Rittenhouse, and many others still shape the fabric of the current neighborhood. In 1854, the community was incorporated into Philadelphia with the Acts of Consolidation, yet it retains a small-town persona. With the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park as boundaries, it is no wonder people have been making Roxborough, also known as the 21st Ward, their home for centuries. Nestled on the Ridge, the highest point of Philadelphia, Ridge Avenue twists and turns throughout the community as its main artery. With the recent gentrification of Ridge Avenue, Roxborough takes pride in preserving its rich history for future generations.
Author Bio: Archivist Deborah Del Collo and the Roxborough, Manayunk, and Wissahickon Historical Society have selected images that show Roxborough’s distinctive past. Photographs and informative captions by members of the society and past and present residents provide a tour through the streets of Roxborough.
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