• Preserving the Past

    For the benefit of future generations


  • Browse Our Galleries

    To view original photos of the people,
    places, and events that shaped East Falls’ history


  • Explore Your Surroundings

    Click below to view our interactive map of noteworthy historic landmarks


Our Mission


The East Falls Historical Society, founded in 2004, is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, preserving, and promoting historic interest in the East Falls community.

Historic Sites

The East Falls Historical Society is active in documenting historic buildings and sites in East Falls.

Resident Interviews

It conducts oral history interviews with long-time area residents and directors of local organizations.

Historical Archives

The archiving of collections related to the history of East Falls and its prominent residents.


Lend Us Your Skills

As a community-run non-profit, we’re always in use of a helping hand.
Especially, those willing to fill the following roles:


For Promotions & Marketing


For Publications & Blog Posts


For Administrative Assistance

Event Planners

For Coordinating Gatherings

The Origins Of Historic
East Falls, Pennsylvania


East Falls was originally settled by the Lenni Lenape, a Native American tribe. In 1732 Fort St. David was established as a fishery and the area became popular for this purpose. As the area became industrialized by mills and other enterprises, employee homes developed into a neighborhood of row houses. East Falls is well known for its prominent residents (including actress Grace Kelly) and history of rowing on the Schuylkill River.



Proud Local Residents


Square Miles of Scenic Land


Years of Vibrant History


Nationally-Registered Historic Landmarks

Educational Events

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Featured Posts

Annotated maps & walking guides to the most noteworthy historical landmarks in East Falls.

  • Our Interactive Map

    Of historic sites to see in the neighborhood


  • Guide to Street Names

    A street-by-street history of how our roadways came to be named what they are today



Hohenadel House: A Neighborhood Collector’s Item

Old houses attract passionate people – especially houses that are falling down and need rescue. Since we’ve been blogging about East Falls’ own fixer upper, we’ve encountered all kinds of other history nuts who’ve been thrilled to open their collections and share everything they know, including crazy theories, alternate histories, and dream scenarios. But they’ve […]

by efhs_4y4foe • June 23, 2017

Woodside Park: Gone But Not Forgotten

Fallsers loved Woodside Park, a Coney Island-like amusement park in West Fairmount Park built by the Fairmount Park Transportation Company in 1897. Like Chestnut Hill and Willow Grove Parks, Woodside was built along a trolley route. Ten miles of trolley tracks surrounded it. Woodside Park closed in 1955, but memories are still fresh and evocative […]

by efhs_4y4foe • June 6, 2016

Walking History: 300 Years in 3 Blocks on Indian Queen Lane

For Fallsers, it’s easy to forget that Indian Queen Lane is probably the single most architecturally diverse street in East Falls, if not Philadelphia, with Gothic, Greek Revival, Federal, and Italianate houses interspersed among classic rowhomes. It’s one of the oldest roads in Pennsylvania, first appearing on maps in 1692 when it was the main […]

by efhs_4y4foe • June 6, 2016

East Falls’ Past: Love and Suicide

What possible connection could our 15th president, James Buchanan, have with East Falls? As it turns out, Buchanan’s financee was buried at Laurel Hill cemetery (ed note:  whoops! Suburban Press got this wrong — see below). The tragedy of her dying before they were married, some say, was the reason he remained our only bachelor […]

by efhs_4y4foe • May 17, 2016

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Philadelphia, PA 19129

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Office: (215) 848-8396
Fax: (215) 848-8397

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