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Roxborough: Family, Community, and Nature Since 1690  
“The Roxborough Development Corporation is a community-driven organization dedicated to provide a safe, clean environment, quality shopping, recreational and entertainment experience”.  
The first Swede to come to Manatawney, a native American trail leading to Barren Hill, was Peter Lindstrom, in 1656. In 1680, the Court of Upland in England appointed Peter Rambo (a local Swede) to be in charge of maintaining the Manatawana. William Penn visited the area in 1682 and was amazed at how well organized the plantations in Manatawana were. The name was changed in 1690 to Roxburgh and incorporated in 1707 as Roxborough”.  

This photographic story of three dynamic neighborhoods in Philadelphia’s twenty-first ward traces the evolution of each community as defined by its architecture. From the outstanding Tudor Historic District to elegant homes near Wissahickon Avenue, East Falls is a must-see neighborhood for connoisseurs of fine domestic architecture. Manayunk, once known as the “Manchester of America,” still retains its European hill town character, preserved in its worker homes, churches, and mills. Roxborough has its own unique architectural profile, with suburban residences of the Victorian era and the rural setting of Upper Roxborough. Historic Ridge Avenue is dotted with venerable structures from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Brimming with nearly 500 full color photographs and archival images, and supplemented by selected biographies of the featured architects and firms, this book will charm history buffs, lovers of vintage architecture, and Philadelphia enthusiasts.

Coming Up   What Has Happened  

The 2nd Annual Roxtoberfest
On Saturday October 4, 2014 the steep hills of Roxborough will come alive with the sound of music and the taste of our neighborhood’s own brew of Oktoberfest. Join the Roxborough community on Ridge Avenue for a fun-filled day with the kids, or enjoy your favorite beer at the Roxtoberfest Beer Garden. Details coming soon. To watch a video of last year’s event click here.

Gorgas Park Summer Concert Series
This summer visit Roxborough to enjoy live outdoor music as part of Gorgas Park's Free Summer Series. From Irish Rock to Southern Blues the summer series at Gorgas Park has something for every music lover. Visit www.gorgaspark.com for details, all performances will take place at the Gorgas Park Gazebo.







2014-2015 Roxborough Resource Guide
The 2014-2015 Roxborough Resource Guide is now available at all local Ridge Avenue businesses. This year's guide contains essential information on the residential and business community in Roxborough. This includes a directory of local businesses and a listing of essential services such as police, fire, city departments as well as civic associations. Click the cover below for an electronic copy of the booklet.

Roxborough Solstice Festival

On June 21, 2014 as part of Make Music Philly, Roxborough celebrated its first Roxborough Solstice Music Festival. Special thanks to ShopRite of Roxborough and Roxborough Memorial Hospital for making the event a success. Click here for pictures of the event. For the event video click here.






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For more information on the Ridge Avenue Water Main Replacement Project visit www.phila.gov/water/notifications

The Roxborough Development Corporation is hiring a Marketing and Communications Manager. Click here to download the job description with instructions for application.



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