Colonial Philadelphia Private Half-Day Walking Tour
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- Explore the social and political mechanisms that set the stage for the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress
- See Independence Mall where your docent will put into context the groundbreaking developments of the 1770s and 1780s
- Explore the major sites of the Old City historic district
- Visit the elegant 18th century townhouse of “Patriot Mayor” Samuel Powel
- Stop in at Philadelphia's historic St. Peter's Church
During the course of this small-group walking seminar through Philadelphia's Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods, we will explore the social and political mechanisms that defined the city and set the stage for the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress.
We begin as, did the city, along the wharves and with a discussion of the critical figure of William Penn, founding father of the colony of Pennsylvania and architect—in a very real sense—of the city of Philadelphia. As we make our way through the well-preserved historic core of the city, past buildings that still stand after more than 200 years, we'll look at some of the key themes that defined Philadelphia in those early years including Quakerism and religious tolerance and unfettered trade.
Our walk will take us into several historic houses and house museums along streets dating to the 18th century, and into some of the churches that played a role in the founding of the United States. As we walk we'll move forward through history to discuss how the city evolved socially, architecturally, and politically through the colonial period until the dawn of the revolution. By this point we should find ourselves at Independence Mall where our docent will put into context the groundbreaking developments of the 1770s and 1780s that took place here. Although Independence Hall (which is only accessible on a National Park Service tour) is not included, we will spend time dealing with this structure from the outside and looking at some of the recent archaeological discoveries on the mall and elements of various structures, including the West Wing and the so-called "presidents house."
- Services of an expert historian as your guide
This tour is conducted Wednesday through Sunday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Our meeting point is in front of historic City Tavern restaurant, located at 138 South 2nd Street (corner of Walnut).
No tours are held on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Context walks can be canceled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. toll-free number may not be honored.
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