Queen’s Village

Queens VillageLong before the City of Philadelphia itself existed, there were people living in the Queen’s Village neighborhood between Lombard Street and Washington Avenue and Delaware Avenue and 6th Street. Originally part of an area called Wiccaco by the local Lenappi Indian Tribe, Queen’s Village was the site of a Swedish settlement that pre-dated the arrival of William Penn. After being renamed Southwark following Penn’s arrival in the late 1600s, the neighborhood’s name was changed yet again to Queen’s Village in the 1970s.

The architecture and layout of Queen’s Village are reflective of its status as one of Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhoods. Many brick-front row homes that date from the 18th and 19th centuries line the cozy small streets and alleys as well as the neighborhood’s wider thoroughfares. The appeal of modern day Queen’s Village stems from more than just its quaint character. It is a vibrant neighborhood that is home to long-time residents as well as many newcomers who were attracted by the neighborhood’s pleasing character and enviable location. A clear benefit of Queen’s Village is its close proximity to destinations such as Society Hill and the Italian Market. Additionally, Queen’s Village is not so far from other Center City environs, like Rittenhouse Square and the business district on west Market Street, that they cannot be reached on foot. But life in Queen’s Village does not require continual excursions from the neighborhood. After all, it is home to a wide array of shopping, dining and entertainment attractions ranging from the eclectic South Street shopping district, to the many fine restaurants and pubs that dot the neighborhood. And for those possessing a strong affinity for sewing, the nation’s largest collection of fabric stores exists on Fabric Row, otherwise known as South 4th Street. While the WaWa convenience store formerly located at 2nd and Christian Streets has been replaced by a less ubiquitous franchise, Queen’s Village still possesses all the necessary components for a fine Philadelphia neighborhood.