Look Up, Philadelphia! A Walking Tour of Society Hill
a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
Copyright 2013 by Cruden Bay Books
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The Free Society of Traders, a stock company that invested in William Penn’s Pennsylvania colony, set up shop on Dock Creek (later filled in and called Dock Street) in 1682 to oversee their new assets which soon included a sawmill, a glasshouse and a tannery in the the new settlement of Philadelphia. The Society barely saw the 1700s before it went bankrupt and disappeared. It is this long-gone stock company for which Society Hill is named. Hard by the river and the new government, it was the most valuable land in the city. Speculators hungry to cash in chopped up their building lots into ever smaller parcels, leaving smallish alleys that epitomize Colonial America.