Can you picture what Philadelphia looked like in 1824? A city transitioning from an Agrarian Society into The Industrial Revolution with a population of just 63,000 people. The residents celebrated a mere 30 marriages and 32 Baptisms, Dr. Philip Syng Physick was living in his now historic Old City home, James Monroe was the President, Betsy Ross was still alive (she died in 1836) and walked the cobblestone streets, and the American railroad system was not yet formed (Tom Thumb, the first steam US locomotive wasn’t’ built until 1830.
On January 7th, 2020, part of that eight-inch cast iron pipe dating back to 1824 ruptured at 3rd and Arch Streets forcing a massive excavation and the replacement of 20 feet of two centuries old pipe. Philadelphia local, historian, spirits savant, and Old City business owner for more than two decades, Steven Grasse, is turning lemons into lemonade cocktails with a historical happy hour dubbed Pipe Dreams, aimed at raising funds, foot traffic, and visibility for the neighborhood historical attractions that have been heavily affected by the Old City street closures.
Raise a glass to Philadelphia history at Pipe Dreams — An Old City Happy Hour at Art in the Age, Friday, February, 28th 6-9pm. The historically inspired cocktails, Old Fashioned Schuylkill Wooder and Lafayette’s Welcome, as well as the Sinkhole Special, will be available for one night only and $1 per specialty cocktail will be donated to Historic Philadelphia’s Betsy Ross House, who have seen a decrease in visitors due to the street closures.
Sink Into This: Sinkhole Special
Old Fashioned Schuylkill Wooder
- Tamworth Garden Damson Plum Gin
- Ploughman Kenspeckle American Cider with Chokeberries
- Fresh Herb Garnish
Inspiration: The Lafayette Welcoming Parade of 1824 was a parade held in Philadelphia in September 1824 to welcome the arrival of the Marquis de Lafayette (a Frenchman was the last surviving general of the American War of Independence) on the occasion of his visit to the United States for a sixteen-month tour.