Queen Village is a neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just south east of the Center City district. It is bounded approximately by Lombard Street to the north, Washington Avenue to the south, the Delaware River to the east, and 6th Street to the west. It is south of the Society Hill neighborhood and east of the Bella Vista neighborhood.
The area is quiet and quaint, with small cobblestoned streets, charming parks, and historic homes and monuments. Queen Village preserves its rich history while welcoming new development.
Queen Village is Philadelphia’s oldest residential neighborhood, formally named “Wiccaco” from the Lenni Lanapi tribe, was a Swedish settlement in the early 17th century, taken over briefly by the Dutch, and finally, the city of Philadelphia was officially established by William Penn in 1682 and the neighborhood pulled in ship builders, merchants, machinists, and iron workers who all wanted access to the Delaware River for trading and shipping. Penn eventually changed the original name to Southwark, after the east London neighborhood adjacent to the Thames. Queen Village was officially renamed in 1970 to honor Queen Christina of Sweden for her support of the early Swedish settlements.
Queen Village is famous for 4th Street Fabric Row, which stretches from South to Christian Streets, and contains the city’s best textile stores. Coffee shops, byo restaurants, boutiques, and new businesses have opened up along 4th Street, changing the retail area into a unique and thriving neighborhood. The Head House and South Street districts in particular are booming with hundreds of shops, music venues, and restaurants.
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Schools in the area:
- William M. Meredith School
- Settlement Music School
- George W. Nebinger School