Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia


The Lazaretto

A drawing of the Lazaretto and the waterfront of the Delaware River. There are two piers and a boathouse on the beach, and a few trees leading up to the front of the building.

Drawing by Frank H. Taylor, 1895. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Library of Congress

The Lazaretto was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Board of Health in 1799, largely in response to the yellow fever epidemics that plagued Philadelphia in the late eighteenth century. The site was chosen for its strategic location on the Delaware River, whereby all incoming ships, passengers, and cargo attempting to dock in Philadelphia and other northern ports were required to be quarantined pending inspection. Drawing by Frank H. Taylor, 1895. (Prints and Photographs Division)

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