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A Brief History of Parkwood, PA

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The car accident attorneys in Parkwood, PA, sponsor this article to present a detailed excerpt about the area.

Parkwood is a neighborhood in far Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bounded by Poquessing Creek, Byberry Park, Knights Road, and Woodhaven Road, Parkwood is a charming and convenient location in Pennsylvania. The neighborhood is home to approximately 35,098 residents.

Parkwood is located in area codes 215, 267, and 445.


Parkwood was originally inhabited by Algonquian and Iroquois Native Americans. The area was attractive to the Native American tribes, particularly the Aqonquian group, because of the land's proximity to Poquessing Creek, where the tribes would fish and hunt.

The earliest European settlers arrived in the 17th century. They utilized well-established paths created by the Native Americans for wagon trails and later on major highways known today as Knights Road and Roosevelt Boulevard.

Swedish settlers found the area of Parkwood by 1645, soon to be followed by English Quakers. The Quakers established a Friends Meeting House along Southampton and Townsend Roads in 1692, and by 1710, the first school in the area, The Quaker Friends' School, was constructed.

The school building was reconstructed in the 19th century by Robert Purvis and remains open today as a meeting house for worship. The meeting house played a crucial role in the town's development because the surrounding areas were largely farmland. Once the building was established and reconstructed, the house quickly became known as the community's town center.

In the late 19th century, Parkwood's original inhabitants began to move out of the town. Despite the tribes fleeing the area, Henry Armstead Snyder and Dr. Benjamin Rush observed and recorded the medical treatments used by the tribes. Shortly after, Benjamin Rush used his finding and was appointed physician-general in charge of hospital patients in George Washington's Army. Later on, Rush became the medic on the Lewis & Clark expedition and treated many patients during the Yellow Fever Epidemic.

Today, the town memorializes Dr. Benjamin Rush and all of his accomplishments at the site of his family home.

Throughout the 1950s, Parkwood underwent residential development spearheaded by the Korman Corporation. The corporation set out to make Parkwood a planned community, and by the 1960s, a neighborhood commercial center was developed.

Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Parkwood's next largest development, Franklin Mills Mall, known today as Philadelphia Mills Mall, was approved by the City of Philadelphia.

Following the neighborhood's development, Parkwood became home to the Community College of Philadelphia Northeast location.

Parks & Recreation

Today, Parkwood is known for its convenient access to shopping centers and local parks. Within and surrounding Parkwood are three large parks offering plenty of well-maintained outdoor space for families to enjoy including,

  • Poquessing Valley Park
  • Junod Playground, complete with a rec center, water playground, and large playground structures.
  • Benjamin Rush State Park, complete with hiking & biking paths, a community garden & a radio control model airplane field.

If you ever find yourself in Parkwood, PA, be sure to not miss out on all the neighborhood parks have to offer.

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David Petrone
Date Published: June 21, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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