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Penn Treaty Park

Historic spot of peace along the Delaware River

Penn Treaty Park

Penn Treaty Park offers some pretty spectacular views. Credit: M. Kennedy for GPTMC

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According to legend, Pennsylvania founder William Penn signed his treaty of peace with the local Lenape tribe under an elm tree just off the Delaware River in 1683. Though the tree fell in a storm in 1810, the city officially opened Penn Treaty Park on the surrounding land in 1894.

Today, a statue of William Penn greets picnickers and dog walkers, and throughout the year, people come from all over the city and beyond for special events, including Shadfest, which celebrates the historical and environmental significance of the Delaware River and the fish that once ran thick through its waters.

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