MEETING PLACE: *TWO OPTIONS*
9:45 AM outside Philadelphia City Hall Visitors Center to catch the Rt. 11 Trolley that leaves 13th and Market at 10:06.
11:00 AM at the Darby Free Library (1001 Main St, Darby, PA 19023) for the start of the walk.
FREE. PUBLIC. RAIN OR SHINE.
RSVP appreciated, not required.
Across Cobb’s Creek from Philadelphia, Delaware County’s Darby Borough makes headlines most often for its negatives– fires, flooding, fiscal straits. On this walk, we’ll uncover some of Darby’s many lesser known place-making assets with the aid of John Haigis, one of the borough’s 10,000+ residents and a member of its historical commission, and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.
As we explore the transit-rich downtown, visits to the Darby Free Library, Darby Friends Meeting, John Mott Drew Memorial Park and other sites will prompt us to consider how to effectively connect historic places and green spaces with the local community and region.
Darby was one of the earliest “streetcar suburbs,” served by an omnibus as early as 1837 and by streetcars beginning in 1858. The Rt. 11 Trolley along Woodland Avenue follows the route of the original streetcar line.
Meet walk leader John Haigis at 9:45 AM outside Philadelphia City Hall Visitors Center to catch the Rt. 11 Trolley that leaves 13th and Market at 10:06. OR Meet John at 11:00 AM at the Darby Free Library for the start of the walk. John will be holding a “Darby Walk” sign.
Our walk will end at JD African Restaurant, a Liberian eatery near the Darby trolley depot at 9th and Main. Optional post-walk excursion to nearby Eden Cemetery, birthplace of John Bartram, and resting place of Marian Anderson, William Still, O.V. Catto, and many others.
RSVP through the Jane’s Walk Philadelphia page https://www.facebook.com/events/1832047053492541/