Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia

Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia
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Philadelphia: History, Highlights & Revolution Walking Tour

Philadelphia: History, Highlights & Revolution Walking Tour

Discover Philadelphia history beyond what the guidebooks tell you! View the most iconic historical sites of Independence National Historical Park, admire beautiful architecture, and absorb the rich historical significance of American Revolutionary War landmarks. During our historic Philadelphia walking tour, we’ll pass by Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were born. We’ll also get a chance to see one of the most iconic artifacts from the American War of Independence, the Liberty Bell, from outside its home inside Liberty Bell Center. Other historic buildings in Old City, Philadelphia, we’ll pass on our tour include the very place where the American flag was created, the Betsy Ross House, and the site where inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin lived and operated his post office. Your local tour guide will take you down cobblestone streets and past row houses dating back to the city’s Revolutionary War period. You’ll feel transported back in time as you stroll down Elfreth’s Alley, the nation's oldest continuously inhabited residential street. We’ll make our way up the steps and into the recreated site of the President’s House, where you’ll learn not only about the lives of the two leaders who lived here, but the often untold stories of individuals who had their own key roles to play in the founding of our nation. This Philly history tour is for everyone, whether you’re an American history novice or a true history buff! Come join a local tour guide to hear the fascinating story of a fledgling United States, get to know our historic and modern-day city, and enjoy the top historical things to see in Philadelphia!

Philadelphia: Small-Group Hamilton Walking Tour

Philadelphia: Small-Group Hamilton Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of Alexander Hamilton on this tour designed especially for Hamilton lovers. Discover the places where he had a direct impact on the shape and functions of the newly-formed United States of America and visit the real-life locations featured in the hit Broadway Musical. Enjoy short excerpts of music throughout the tour. Start your walking tour at the President's House where George Washington and John Adams spent most of their presidencies. From here, head to Independence Hall, where the U.S. Constitution was written. Next, head to the 2nd Bank of the United States, created by President James Madison, followed by a visit to Carpenter's Hall, home of the 1st Continental Congress. Visit the home of Alexander Hamilton's mistress Maria Reynolds and the 1st Bank of the U.S. building. Finally, arrive at Robert Morris' grave, your last stop. Your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of the nearest subway station or bus stop. Or feel free to ask them for local recommendations on great places to eat or drink nearby. 

Philadelphia: Road to Revolution GPS Walking Audio Tour

Philadelphia: Road to Revolution GPS Walking Audio Tour

Every building in Philadelphia has a story to tell. The materials, technology, and styles in vogue when these buildings were constructed might reveal one story, while the people who designed, built, lived, and worked in them often add a narrative of their own. Come with me on this walking tour to hear about the events that took place in and around Philadelphia’s Old City buildings. Along the way, I’ll tell you about the individuals who shaped the city from its beginnings to American Independence. Starting in Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in America, you’ll walk the same streets as Philadelphia’s founding fathers and mothers to Independence Hall. The American Revolution will loom large, as will the founding of our government, in which Benjamin Franklin had a large role to play. He’s the only person to have signed the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance, and the Treaty of Paris. You’ll also hear about Alexander Hamilton’s time in Philadelphia and the scandal he was involved in. And you’ll learn about the city’s first fire marks, and a bit about the architectural styles of this time period, including Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival. Along the way, you’ll see: • Christ Church, where George Washington, Betsy Ross, and Deborah Franklin all worshiped at some point • Fragments of Franklin Court, and the sections where Ben Franklin spent the last years of his life • Carpenters’ Hall, the first craft guild in America and home of the First Continental Congress • First Bank of the United States, created by Alexander Hamilton, which sparked the beginning of the two party system • Second Bank of the United States, which looks Grecian in style • The Liberty Bell, where you’ll hear its story and discover what it commemorates • Independence Hall, home of the Declaration of the United States and the Constitution So come with me on this fun and fact-filled journey through Colonial Philadelphia. I promise you an interesting adventure!

Philadelphia: Phantoms of the Founding Fathers Walking Tour

Philadelphia: Phantoms of the Founding Fathers Walking Tour

Step back in time as your guide tells you carefully crafted stories about Philadelphia's dark past. Learn about the founding fathers and delve into the less pleasant aspects of the city's medical history. Meet your guide at Washington Square Park Fountain in the heart of the city. Follow your guide to locations where eerie events once took place. Enjoy hearing lesser-known stories that are for an adult audience . Hear about scandalous affairs perpetrated by Philadelphia’s founding fathers. Listen as your guide reveals fascinating discoveries and fatal errors in the development of America’s healthcare system.

Philadelphia Historic walking tour & scavenger hunt

Philadelphia Historic walking tour & scavenger hunt

Are you looking for things to do around the Philadelphia Historic District? Indeed, our 3-hour self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt takes you to see all the sights! Walk from Independence Hall to Mother Bethel’s, the Philadelphia Contributionship, Elfreth’s Alley, the National Constitution Center, and the Declaration House before returning to the start location. As you walk, see many more sights, and solve challenges at every leg. All the while, you will learn some local history and get valuable local tips. Things to do in Philadelphia, the Historic District Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.2 km / 2.5 mi self-guided walking tour with many varied challenges. It should take you 3 hours to complete and ends near the start location. - A fun learning experience - Learn some local history - Fun for all ages, kids included - Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule - Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Philadelphia: The A List - Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and More

Philadelphia: The A List - Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and More

Discover the best of Philadelphia with a tour covering all the city's basics with a bit of sass and a lot of love. See all the important sites with a guide who will share the gossip and bad behavior of the city's past. Begin your adventure at the Independence Visitor's Center and head south to see the exteriors of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Then head to Washington Square Park, one of William Penn's five original parks, which contains both serene memorials and less serene stories. We will then continue through the Society Hill neighborhood for a brief visit to the 20th century to see how "Historic Philadelphia" came to be. Then, land back in the colonial days with the First National Bank, Carpenters Hall, Benjamin Franklin's print shop, Betsy Ross' house, and lots of fun stops in between.

Philadelphia: Colonial Philadelphia Walking Tour

Philadelphia: Colonial Philadelphia Walking Tour

Discover buildings from the era of the founding fathers that still survive to this day. With your expert tour guide, see historic buildings that go back almost to the founding of the city in 1682. Admire a variety of architectural styles such as Georgian, Federal, and, Revival whilst learning about American history along the way. Beginning on Elfreth's Alley, learn about the origins of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Then continue to Christ Church and its churchyard where Andrew Hamilton, Pierce Butler, and Robert Morris are buried. Next, you will see Ben Franklin's house and hear about his fascinating life story. From there, Carpenter's Hall is close by where the 1st Continental Congress met. See the First Bank of the United States, founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1791. This building is the first U.S. government building with a Greco-Roman facade. Pass by where Hamilton and his mistress lived, as well as the Dolly Todd House, before arriving at the Second Bank of the United States, the first all-marble facade in America. Finally discover Independence Hall, home of the 2nd Continental Congress. This important landmark is where both the Declaration of the United States and the Constitution were created and signed 11 years apart.

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4.4
(5 reviews)

Today we had a wonderful day discovering Philly with Tom, very nice and passionate about the history of the city! He gave us a lot of interesting news and advice regarding the city. I highly recommend this tour and if you have the chance to have Tom as your guide you will definitely enjoy it!

Thanks to Adam for a fantastic detailed explaination of the American history, specially of the Philadelphia and Pensilvania origins and main actors of it, he is really passionate about it! :)

Our tour guide, John, was fantastic! My wife and I go on historical tours everywhere we travel. This tour was among the very best.

Great tour to gain an overview of historic Philadelphia. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!

Nice tour mixing history and architecture. Very informative and full of fun facts. Highly recommend it.