Lazaretto Lazaretto
Date: June 11, 2006
Byline: unsigned

Take a stoll around Delco

Note the July 21 tour. The bolding is ours.

MEDIA — The Delaware County Historical Society, eight local historical societies and the Delaware County Transportation Management Association will sponsor "Summer History Strolls," a series of eight walking tours of historic neighborhoods and sites this summer.

The tours — at 7 p.m. each Friday in July and August — will include:

July 7 — Radnor: Stroll the historic Wayne business district, which grew up around "Luella," the farm and manor house of banker J. Henry Askin, who envisioned a semi-feudal village and church to support his estate, but got something quite different.Radnor Historical Society

July 14 — Aston: Visit the village of Rockdale, a center of 19th Century cotton manufacturing and its worker housing, stores, schoolhouse and the ruins of its theater.Aston Township Historical Society

July 21 — Tinicum: Tour the Lazaretto, Philadelphia's 1799 quarantine station which once greeted freed slaves, refugees of the Irish potato famine and many, many others, plus nearby Gov. Printz Park, site of a 1643 Swedish settlement.Tinicum Township Historic Society

July 28 — Haverford: Start at the site of the "Battle of Llanerch Crossing" (West Chester Pike and Darby Road) — an 1890s brawl between rival railroads and their workers — then stroll past an 1883 schoolhouse, an 1832 Methodist church and cemetery to the "Narbeth" farmhouse, parts of which date to 1697.Haverford Township Historical Society

Aug. 4 — Chester Heights Camp Meeting: Tour several of 60 Victorian cottages and a 120-seat wooden gazebo built between 1872 and 1900 by Philadelphia Methodists as their 31-acre country retreat. (Chester Heights Campmeeting Association)

Aug. 11 — Darby: Visit one of the county's oldest boroughs (founded 1660) to see the 1805 Quaker meetinghouse, free library (est. 1743), historic mill sites and Mt. Zion AME, an African-American church founded in 1875.Darby Borough Historical and Preservation Society

Aug. 18 — To be announced

Aug. 25 — Chester: Visit the 1724 courthouse (former seat of government for both Chester and Delaware counties), site of the Pennsylvania Arms (where Washington rested after his defeat at Brandywine), the grave of John Morton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the original Penn's Landing, where William Penn first set foot in Pennsylvania.Chester Historic Preservation Committee.

"Delaware County is the most historic of Philadelphia's suburban communities," said Mark E. Dixon, president of DCHS, noting that the Delaware shore was already settled by Europeans when William Penn arrived in 1682."This is a family-friendly way for local residents to see and learn about the history in their own back yards."

IF YOU GO: tour fees are $8/adults; $6 for historical society members; $4 students; ages 5 and under, free. Details about the tours, including directions and parking, are available at on the Web.