Fern Rock, Philadelphia

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Fern Rock
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
Fern Rock Transportation Center
Fern Rock Transportation Center
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

Fern Rock is a neighborhood in the upper North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania bounded by Olney to the east, Ogontz to the west, Logan to south, and East Oak Lane to the north. It is approximately situated between Broad Street, Tabor Road, 7th Street, Godfrey Avenue and Fisher Park. The northern terminus of the Broad Street Line subway is located in Fern Rock at the Fern Rock Transportation Center. Three SEPTA Regional Rail lines also run through this station. The Pennsylvania College of Optometry is located in the 1200 block of West Godfrey Avenue. The area is a mix of 1920's style row homes, a few high rise apartment buildings near York and Chelten, some older twins and single homes especially near 13th St and Spencer St, formerly known as Green Lane, along with various commercial strips along Broad Street, Olney Avenue in and around Broad Street, and the 5700-5900 block of Old York Road

The Julia Ward Howe School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

Etymology of the name Fern Rock[edit]

The neighborhood is named after the ancestral estate of Elisha Kent Kane, a renowned arctic explorer and naval surgeon from Philadelphia.


The neighborhood is a fairly stable, predominantly African-American area.

Fern Rock in the news[edit]

Fern Rock received national attention from a much-discussed double murder in September 2006, when a couple was coming home at night and found a woman being raped in their driveway. The woman and couple attempted to flee, but the assailant shot all three, killing the couple.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ CourtTV news

Coordinates: 40°02′08″N 75°08′35″W / 40.03556°N 75.14306°W / 40.03556; -75.14306