Lecture Kicks Off Weekend of Historical Dedication 

Robert Selig, PhD, will present “Paris on the Pennypack” at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 12, in the ETC Auditorium. The lecture kicks off a weekend of historical celebration of the Pennypack Creek Bridge. 

On Saturday, the celebration moves to Pennypack Park for the dedication of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) Marker for the Bridge, America’s oldest stone arch bridge. 

Built in 1697 and 1698, the bridge is an important historic resource for Philadelphia. It was built by the early settlers to the area at the site of an earlier ford. Beginning in 1700, the bridge was used by travelers between Philadelphia and Bristol, Trenton, and New York. In 1781, during the War for Independence, Continental and French forces used this bridge on their route to the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, the last significant mainland battle of the War. 

Holy Family also plays a significant historical role with the Washington-Rochambeau Trail. The University stands on grounds used by Continental and French forces as a campsite in 1781 and 1782 during the War for Independence. 

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail commemorates the march of General George Washington, French General Rochambeau, and the combined Continental and French Armies to and from the siege of Yorktown.