Tinicum Township was first settled by the New Sweden colony in 1643. They lived alongside of the Lenni Lenape People who depended on this area for the plentiful game and fishing. They named the place “Tin-eek Unk”, which eventually turned to Tinicum.
The Swedes built a fort called New Gothenburg and Printzhof. Printzhof or Printz Hall was home to Governor Johan Printz, whose face still marks the township’s seal. Printz signed a treaty with the native people, protecting his little colony from the Dutch.
The New Sweden Colony was highly detailed with three classes of Swedes. There were the criminals, somewhat slave-like, indentured to work off their sentences here. They built the damns and stone walls to control the creeks and tides. There was the middle class. These paid, working men traded with the Lenni Lenape, built the famous Swedish Cabins and cleared the farms. The upper class of the time was called “freemen” and they owned the land grants as well as the right to leave if they pleased. That’s exactly what Printz did ten years after creating the settlement, claimed to be the very first European recorded settlement in all of Pennsylvania.
The Township changed hands a few times prior to being officially granted to William Penn and eventually becoming a township in 1780. The communities of Essington and Lester make up the township along with the wildlife refuge and the international terminal of the airport.
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is the largest freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania. It was created in 1972 to preserve the wildlife here, originally called the environmental center, it was renamed in 1991. A large portion of the protected area was donated in 1955 by the Gulf Oil Corporation. This land spans only three hundred fifty acres of the original five thousand five hundred acres that the Swedes and English Damned for their grazing animals. Fish, butterflies and thousands of species of birds find a much-needed refuge here.
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