Our fourth installment of our Green Getaway series takes us up the Delaware River to Pennypack Park – say that three times fast. The name of the park originates from the Lenni-Lenape Indians who once occupied this land for its accessible resources. If searched for, you can still find their arrowheads and stone tools!
As you hike, bike, or ride your horse through the 1,600 acres, you may come across ruins of a once industrious area. Visit Philadelphia tells us that the Verree family set up shop near Pennypack Creek around 1690 to produce flour, lumber, tools, and textiles. Today, the family’s name is read and recalled by countless park visitors daily – Verree Road is the name of the road that feeds into the park through the Philly neighborhood, Bustleton.
For those who would like to maintain a safe social distance, Pennypack Park is a great green getaway that provides a bit more space between people than the more well-known Wissahickon Park.