Washington Square

The Washington Square Fund was set up when Washington Square became part of Independence National Historical Park in 2005.

Washington Square is one of the original squares in the 1682 plan for the City of Philadelphia as designed for William Penn. It became a Potter’s Field or Strangers’ Burial Ground in 1706 and also served as a burial ground for the town’s free and enslaved Africans. During the Revolutionary War, it doubled as a military cemetery; more than 2,000 soldiers – both patriots and prisoners of war –were buried there and a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution was established in 1953.

The Washington Square Fund is used for the maintenance and care of the landscape of Washington Square as well as the preservation of its historical nature.

You can support Washington Square by donating to the Washington Square Fund.