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Stenton Park, Philadelphia

Updated on March 30, 2007

Stenton Park

Stenton Park is located at the 17th Street and Courtland Avenue in the Logan Neighborhood of Philadelphia, named after the famous Philadelphian James Logan. Stenton was the home of James Logan.

About Stenton Park

The park is a great place to run and workout, with open fields it is also a wonderful place to sunbath or go on a picnic. The park is easily assessable from both 17th Street and from Courtland Avenue, and parking can be found on both streets. The park is home to several after school programs, basketball and soccer leagues, and fitness groups. The groups not only use the park, but help to keep is clean. It is a wonderful park to visit, and in the coming spring months and great place to find an escape from the city life and enjoy the outdoors.

Remember to NEVER VISIT THE PARK AFTER DARK, and to try not to visit the park alone. Always think SAFETY COMES FRIST and your will be able to have an enjoyable time and stay out of harms way.

About James Logan and the Stenton House

James Logan held several major public offices in the Colonies and made numerous contributions to the city. He served for years as secretary to William Penn.

Logan's splendid 18th century manor originally sat on 511 acres, surrounded by vast gardens. The land was acquired between 1723 and 1730, while the house was finished by 1730. Logan designed the manor himself and named it after his father's birthplace in East Lothian, Scotland.

Today the property is considerably smaller, while old-fashioned gardens still surround the house. The interior is expansive and elegant, yet simple. Logan was a Quaker and his house reflects this typical inclination toward simplicity by the Quakers.

The large entrance hall and impressive front staircase lead to the dining room and library. The dining room has a "whispering closet," where a servant could be stationed to listen to visitors before the Logans joined their guests. The visitors would not know they were being overheard. Underground tunnels connect from the cellar to the stables, and some say, to the family burial ground.

The British General Sir William Howe occupied Stenton and used it as his headquarters during the Battle of Germantown. General Washington had the good sense to stay at Stenton on August 23, 1777 on his way to the Battle of Brandywine. It is the only house in Germantown which was used by both commanders as headquarters. Washington also dined here on July 8, 1787, with Dr. George Logan when he was in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention.

Stenton was almost destroyed by the British during their occupation of Philadelphia. The story goes that the manor was saved by the old woman (an African-American housekeeper named Dinah) who was left to look after the house. Two British soldiers approached one day with the intention of burning Stenton to the ground. They entered the barn looking for straw to start the fire. The old woman also knew the soldiers' intention. Just then she noticed a British officer riding down Main Street looking for deserters. She ran out and told the officer that she saw two men who looked like deserters enter the barn. Just then the soldiers returned with the straw and the officer immediately apprehended them, despite their protests. Stenton was saved.


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  • profile image 9 years ago

    It would be nice to see a park calendar of events if there is one available. Also, I live across the street from Stenton Park and very embarrassed about how our neighborhood looks. Would love to help keep it clean and support our neighborhood, but don't know where to start. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    Bob Briggs 8 years ago

    I was born and brought up at 4555 N. 17th St. I have many fond memories fo the neighborhood and park.

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    troy 8 years ago

    i used to live 4514 n 16th st durig 1970t till 1984 the stenton park was a great place for all kinds of possitive activities and the nicetown boys club had alot to do with it. and those rap djs (disco rat) (disco hot-rod) made it possible for us to have alot of fun dancing to the sounds of rap music at its best scratching mixing all those flashing lights. wow, you wouldve loved to be in stenton park at that time

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    60s resident 7 years ago

    I have a lot of great memories from the early 60's playing ball, sledding, acorn fights, catching worms at night, all at Stenton Park.

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    BARBARA BENDER 7 years ago


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    Jim Clark 6 years ago

    My father worked at a dairy (changed hands four times) that had their delivery building across the street from the park. I can remember when they still had horse drawn milk wagons. I use to go for a ride on Dad's horse in Stenton Park after my father had finished work.

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    TripNines 6 years ago

    I grew up half a block from the park on 17th street. Left for the service in July of '65. When I returned from Viet Nam in '67 I couldn't believe how badly this once beautiful park and area had deteriorated. Many friends and neighbors were gone.

    I still have very fond memories of the street the neighborhood and the park while growing up where summers found neigbors' screen doors unlatched and you were welcome to knock and enter.

    PS Bob, my grandparents lived at 4557 N. 17th Street.

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    William A. Cella 5 years ago

    I grew up at Wingohocking and Mole the late 40s and 50s. The park was a great place to play. The two ball fields, sledding on the hill, the Logan Mansion with the caretaker - Mr. Johnson - the beautiful Logan- family cemetary with the large rolled stone walls and the marble headstones, the iron fence and locked gate. I remember being able to go there walking my dogs at any hour of the day or night and being able to enjoy the snow or the warm summer nights. I remember the "old" playgound inside the iron fence surrounding the football/baseball field. What a wonderful place to have grown up near and experience life.

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    Ron Orehowsky 4 years ago

    I grew up on Mole Street, 4515 to be exact, in the late 30's, 40's leaving there after marrying my Marie from 4515 N. 17th Street in '56. I's impossible to convince anyone how great it was to be raised in the city during that time. My memories are without limit and yes, I remember Harbison's Dairies and the horses. You could sleep out in Stenton Park it was safe and beautiful. So many great things. Let's talk.

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    Ron Orehowsky 4 years ago

    PS: for William Cella......Joe Cella was one of my best friends growing up.

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    Norman Rose 3 years ago

    I came across this website quite by accident. I lived on Mole St. in the 40's and 50's. I spent a great deal of my time playing basketball and checkers and of course I went sledding on Stenton hill. Stenton Park had a football team called Stenton A.C., The playground attendant was Mr. Gold, whom we called Goldie. The Park was an absolute jewel., My memories are good ones of Stenton Park and friends who played there. Marret, Clancy, Charters, Gorman ,Orehowsky, YoneyAdd Your Comment...

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