Washington Square Park

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Washington Square Park

Washington Square is one of five city squares that William Penn designated when he designed Philadelphia, and Washington Square was the first official public burial ground, although burials at Washington Square ceased in the early 1800s. Additionally, Washington Square houses the remains of around 2,000 Revolutionary War soldiers, both British and Colonial soldiers who were often times wounded in battle and who died in local hospitals before being buried here. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War features an eternal flame commemorating those brave soldiers.

Legend has it that the spirits of a former Philadelphia nurse, Elizabeth, patrols Washington Square to protect the sanctity of the deceased.  Hear more about this protective spirit in the "Story of Grave Robbers Beware" on the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour!

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Washington Square Park
Bounded by 6th Street, South Washington Square, West Washington Square, and Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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