A Backyard in the Capital City

A Backyard in the Capital City (HM20BW)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19106 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 56.859', W 75° 8.82'

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Independence National Historical Park

"Behind each house is a little court or garden, where usually are the necessaries . . . the kitchen, stable, etc. are all placed in buildings at the side or behind . . . "
An accurate portrait of home life in 18th-century Philadelphia would have to describe the backyard. For a wealthy few it could be a lush garden retreat, while for those of modest means it was the scene of practical household activities.Gardens provided fresh vegetables, and herbs for medicines. Flowers enlivened walkways and window boxes. Rainwater from the roofs ran down spouts into large wooden barrels, later to be poured into tubs for washing clothes. A stable held horses, cows, carriages. And, of course, the "necessary," or outhouse, stood close enough to the house for winter, and not too close for summer.In the backyard many activities took place in a small space, illustrating the intensity of development here in the late 1700s when Philadelphia was the capital city of the United States.
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HM NumberHM20BW
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Placed ByIndependence National Historical Park
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Date Added Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487442 N 4421957
Decimal Degrees39.94765000, -75.14700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.859', W 75° 8.82'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 51.54" N, 75° 8' 49.2" W
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Area Code(s)267, 484, 215, 610
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 315 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA 19106, US
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