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Upcoming Film Celebrates Historic Frankford Avenue in Fishtown

When people say that Frankford Avenue is historic, they aren’t kidding. Once known as the King’s Highway, Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia is the oldest continuously used road in the United States, dating to the late 1600s. 

In fact, the bridge originally built in 1697 to cross the Pennypack Creek in Holmesburg still stands—the oldest bridge in America.

All this 10 miles from Independence Hall, the epicenter of colonial Philadelphia—and even farther off the radar screen of tourists and history buffs.  

“The entire history of Philadelphia seems to be so rooted in Center City, and there is so much more outside of those well-known places.” notes Temple alumna Jennifer Laumeister, producer of an upcoming documentary film, The King’s Highway. 

Historic Frankford Avenue in the Northeast

The film is being created by Philly resident Jason Sherman. As chronicled recently in The Temple News and Philadelphia Daily News, Sherman hopes to shine a light on the fascinating history of the Northeast section of the city, which includes Frankford, Kensington and Fishtown. 

George Washington passed this way. So did John Adams and other delegates to the First Continental Congress. Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers and generations of businesspeople, travelers and migrants all trod this path. The road, Sherman believes, has a story worth knowing.

The Kickstarter-funded project wrapped up filming in November, and is expected to be shown to the public this spring. 

"The history of Philadelphia in America is not just in Center City," Sherman told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Somebody has to tell this story."