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Tacony is a community carved out of the banks of theDelaware River in the lower northeast portion of the city of Philadelphia. Originally settled by the Lenni Lenapes, the community evolved from a sleepy fishing and railroad village in the mid-nineteenth century to a planned community at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. Envisioning a community free of the urban ills that plagued his sprawling factory close to the center of town, Henry Disstonpurchased approximately 390 acres of land in Tacony in 1871, reserving 40 for his factory. He laid out streets with ample lots designed for homes to be sold or rented to his employees. A park was laid out in the center of the community and deed restrictions were imposed on all lots within his tract, prohibiting offenses that would interfere with stable family life, such as facilities for the sale or manufacture of alcohol. Nearly 130 years later, Tacony is a shining example of the foresight of Henry Disston. His creation of a utopian Victorianfactory town is evident today in the diversity of architecture, religion, ethnicity, and wealth status that make Tacony unique. His deed restrictions are still in effect in the original Disston tract in Tacony.
ISBN: 9780738504599
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tacony, a compilation of over 200 photographs, creates a breathtaking look at the community's rich heritage. It illustrates Tacony's storied past and shows its promise for the future. Fortunately, all proceeds from the sale of Tacony will be directed to the Historical Society of Tacony and will help to ensure the society's ongoing efforts to preserve Tacony's history.
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