Welcome to The Krechmer Pavilion – dedicated in memory of Anna and Barnet Krechmer. You might recognize their last name as shared with one of the most famous Philadelphia-area jazz clarinetists (and Longport resident) Billy Krechmer! Krechmer is known for owning “Billy Krechmer’s” club in Philadelphia, a hotspot for jazz in the 1920s and 1930s.
Another famous visitor to Longport is known for her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937: can you guess who? That’s right – Amelia Earhart visited Longport! While her connection to Longport is not clear, we can see the homes of famous Longport families (McCullough and Lovett homes on 21st Avenue, and Remington house on 20th Avenue) behind Earhart in the photo below:
Take a stroll to the flag poles by the Pavilion and you’ll see the John A. Kuzmann Memorial – also known as the Longport Veterans Monument. Longport’s history of supporting veterans began with the Longport Veterans’ Association, and has continued with American Legion Post 469. Each year, Longport’s American Legion organizes events for the community, including Longport’s annual Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony, and picnic.