Wissahickon, Philadelphia

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Neighborhood of Philadelphia
Ridge Ave. over Wissahickon Creek in Wissahickon
Ridge Ave. over Wissahickon Creek in Wissahickon
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

Wissahickon is the informal name given to the area of Roxborough close to the Wissahickon Creek section of Fairmount Park in northwest Philadelphia. The boundaries are Ridge Avenue to the west, the Schuylkill River to the south, East Falls to the east, and Germantown to the north at Wissahickon Avenue. Many larger Georgian Revival houses are located in the area, as are neighborhoods like Blue Bell Hill (Park Line Drive between Johnson and Hortter Streets). Most of the land in this area is on a summit. It is known for the old hermits who founded the neighborhood. Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School is within its borders. It also has a SEPTA train station, serving the R-6 or Norristown line, within the neighborhood.

The Ridge Avenue Bridge in Philadelphia was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]


Public libraries[edit]

Free Library of Philadelphia operates its Roxborough Branch, serving Wissahickon, at 6245 Ridge Avenue at Hermitage Street.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Roxborough Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.

Coordinates: 40°01′05″N 75°11′24″W / 40.018°N 75.190°W / 40.018; -75.190