Old Lazaretto

On this day, February 3rd, in 1743, Philadelphia establishes the first quarantine station for the city of Philadelphia.  It was erected just southwest of where the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers meet on the modern Penrose Ferry Road. This building was used by sick people arriving at the port of Philadelphia and was known as the Pest House or the Old Lazaretto. The building was sold in 1802, with the proceeds used to help pay for the newly built Lazaretto, located about six miles west.


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