Essington is a community located in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Known as “Tinicum Island'' or simply just “The Island”, Essington sits snugly in the boundaries of the township. Tinicum Township also includes the community of Lester, which is a small community like Essington. The township is home to about 4,000 people and it has a total area of about 8.78 square miles, 3.03 of which consist of water. The township includes the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicium, which brings all types of visitors to The Island year-round. Tinicum Township is also noted as being the site of the first recorded European settlement in Pennsylvania. Called the Fort Nya Gothenborg and located on the South River, the area was settled by the colonial Swedes in 1643 and it was considered the capital of the New Sweden colony.
Historical sites on the island include The Printzhof, which is the name of the manor house owned by Royal Governor Johan Bjornsson Printz, and The Philadelphia Lazaretto, the first quarantine hospital in the United States. Both The Printzhof and The Philadelphia Lazaretto are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While both of those historic buildings are certainly interesting, one of the most interesting things about Tinicum Township is the fact that it is considered to be the one of the birthplaces of the Stromboli. While an argued topic, it’s claimed that the Stromboli was invented in Romano’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in 1950.
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