A history of the second-oldest Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, published in honor of its 250th anniversary
St. Peter's Church
Faith in Action for 250 Years
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Cordelia Frances Biddle, Elizabeth S. Browne, Alan J. Heavens and Charles P. Peitz
Laurence D. Fish Award for Outstanding Parish History from the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists, 2014
For 250 years, St. Peter's Episcopal Church has witnessed a rich mixture of people and events that reflect America's history. Nestled in Society Hill, one of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods, its congregants span the centuries. George Washington worshipped here as did many other national figures. Patriots and Tories, Abolitionists and slaveholders, Whigs, Democrats, and Republicans all occupied its pews. And over the years St. Peter's was an important point of first contact for countless immigrants as the church provided basic services to help them acculturate to life in Philadelphia.
Opening a window onto Philadelphia’s—and the nation's—history, St. Peter's Church is a glorious testament to this National Historic Landmark. In addition to the stories and a hundred plus black-and-white and color photographs, this handsome volume provides a history of the grounds, the churchyard, and the church itself—a classic example of eighteenth-century Philadelphia design that later incorporated the work of renowned architects William Strickland, Thomas U. Walter, and Frank Furness.
"This is a charming and informative book, complete with great shots of Society Hill in its less tony days."
"[W]ritten by knowledgeable people who did their research and are a part of this church...it includes many beautiful photos and design elements."
Foreword, by the Reverend Ledlie I. Laughlin, Twentieth Rector, St. Peter’s Church
The People of St. Peter's
Cordelia Frances Biddle is the author of the historical novels: The Conjurer, Deception’s Daughter, Without Fear, and Beneath the Wind. She is a direct descendant of Nicholas Biddle.
Elizabeth S. Browne, a tour guide, tour writer and designer and guide trainer, is a long-time member of St. Peter's Church.
Alan J. Heavens is a veteran newspaper columnist and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of What No One Ever Tells You About Renovating Your Home and Remodeling on the Money.
Charles P. Peitz is a freelance editor formerly with The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wall Street Journal.