Rittenhousetown Historic District

Address: 208 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Neighborhood: Fairmount Park

Website: https://rittenhousetown.org/

Contact: [email protected]| 215-438-5711

Description: An important industrial community that spans the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Rittenhousetown is the core of a village that grew up around the first paper mill in British North America, established by William Rittenhouse in 1690. At one time the village included more than 40 industrial, agricultural, institutional, and domestic structures; today, six houses and a barn survive. One of the houses, the William Rittenhouse House, is open to the public.

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