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Independence National Historical Park (INHP) Sites in Philadelphia

A comprehensive guide to “America’s Most Historic Square Mile”

While visitors from all over the world are familiar with iconic Historic Philadelphia attractions like the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall, the area is actually home to more than two dozen places of historic significance.

Operated by Independence National Historical Park (INHP), these important sites – many of which are free and open to the public year-round – range from monumental banks to the home of a former First Lady to cemeteries that house the remains of some of the country’s most prominent early citizens.

Start planning your itinerary for an unforgettable journey in Independence National Historical Park with our comprehensive list of INHP’s sites below.

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Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground

While construction of the magnificent building that houses Christ Church began in 1727, the parish actually dates all the way back to 1695. Its pews once held visionaries like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, and the resting places of early prominent citizens — including Franklin and his wife Deborah, composer and poet Francis Hopkinson and medical pioneer Benjamin Rush — can be found at its namesake burial ground located several blocks away.
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Washington Square and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution

One of the City of Philadelphia’s original five public squares, this picturesque green space has in the past served as a burial ground for victims of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic, African-Americans and casualties of the American Revolution. The park's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honors fallen Revolutionary soldiers with a monument and an everlasting flame.
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Welcome Park

Learn about William Penn’s master plans for Philadelphia at Welcome Park, an open-air plaza named for The Welcome, the ship that brought Penn over to the New World. The grounds of the park display a recreation of the original map that Penn used to lay out the city, including representations of Philadelphia’s five original park-like squares.
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First Bank of the United States

An early architectural masterpiece

Alexander Hamilton originally proposed and chartered this financial institution as a step toward implementing sound fiscal policy in early America. Acclaimed as an architectural masterpiece when it was completed in 1797, today the First Bank of the United States is a model of classical monument design. While it's not open to the public, its colossal exterior is a site to see.
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The Bishop White House

Mansion of the bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

The Bishop White House dates back to 1787 and served as the former home of William White, the first bishop of the American Episcopalian Church. Today the house is open for tours, free to the public via tickets that are available at the Independence Visitor Center.
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American Philosophical Society Museum

Views of science and humanistic thought at Ben Franklin’s intellectual club

Set in the building that housed America’s first official museum, the American Philosophical Society Museum highlights the intersection between science, art and history. Standout artifacts include Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and personal journals written by Lewis and Clark.
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Thomas Bond House

A chance to stay overnight right in Independence Park

The Thomas Bond House, the only lodging option located in Independence National Historical Park, dates back to 1769. Today, the restored four-story townhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, includes 12 guest rooms and suites decorated in 18th-century Federal style.
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Free Quaker Meeting House

During the Revolutionary War, a group of Quakers in Philadelphia put aside their religion's tenet of pacifism so that they could help defend their new country. These bold Americans formed their own group in 1783 and met regularly at the Free Quaker Meeting House, which is open to visitors throughout the spring and summer.
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Magnolia Garden

Inspired by George Washington’s affinity for magnolia trees, the Magnolia Garden includes trees, ivy, wrought iron fences and a working fountain. Surrounding the garden’s perimeter are 13 spring-blooming hybrid magnolias that represent each of the original colonies.
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Rose Garden

Funded by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Rose Garden commemorates the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The serene spot showcases more than 250 individual flowers in 96 different varieties.
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