Washington Square

Attractions, Parks and gardens Center City East
Washington Square
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company

One of William Penn’s five original squares, Washington Square has a rich history. It originally served as a burial ground and pasture but in the 19th century trees, paths, benches, lamps and fencing were added to turn it into a true park. In the mid-20th century, a memorial to Washington and an eternal flame for unknown soldiers of the American Revolution made their debut. Don’t forget to check out the Moon Tree, a clone of a sycamore tree whose seed was carried by an astronaut on Apollo XIV.

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Address: 210 W Washington Sq
Philadelphia
19106
Cross street: between S 6th and 7th Sts
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