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Kingsessing, Philadelphia

Neighborhood of Philadelphia
The Kingsessing Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia
The Kingsessing Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

Kingsessing is a neighborhood in the Southwest section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, located next to the neighborhoods of Cedar Park, Southwest Schuylkill, and Mount Moriah, as well as the borough of Yeadon in Delaware County. It is roughly bounded by Cobbs Creek and 60th Street to the southwest, Woodland Avenue to the southeast, 53rd Street to the northeast, and Baltimore Avenue to the northwest.


  • History 1
  • Infrastructure and government 2
  • Education 3
    • Public libraries 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • References 6


St James Kingsessing Episcopal Church

The name Kingsessing or Chinsessing comes from the Delaware Indian word for "a place where there is a meadow". The origins of Kingsessing are found in the village of the same name that roughly occupied the same site as the current neighborhood. Kingsessing became the name of the township in which the original Indian and Swedish village stood.

The S. Weir Mitchell School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

Infrastructure and government


Public libraries

Free Library of Philadelphia operates the Kingsessing Branch at 1201 South 51st Street, below Chester Avenue.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ "Post Office Location - KINGSESSING." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 4, 2008.
  3. ^ "Kingsessing Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on November 10, 2008.


  • Chronology of the Political Subdivisions of the County of Philadelphia, 1683–1854
  • Information courtesy of
  • Incorporated District, Boroughs, and Townships in the County of Philadelphia, 1854 By Rudolph J. Walther - excerpted from the book at the website
  • [2] 'Row House Days' courtesy of

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