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Where to Experience Living History in Philadelphia’s Historic District

Spots to meet, mingle and grab a selfie with our nation’s celebrated history-makers

Want to march with the Continental Army? Mingle with Thomas Jefferson? Snap a selfie with Benjamin Franklin?

Philadelphia's Historic District is filled with fun opportunities to meet some of our nation's most prominent history-makers and hear their stories firsthand – or at least as close to firsthand as can be.

Discover how to explore the Historic District by experiencing a bit of history yourself using our guide of ongoing living history happenings outlined below. From beer-filled Colonial Tippler's Tours for the 21-plus crowd to witty puppet shows for the kiddos at Carpenters' Hall, there are plenty of hands-on experiences for all ages to partake.

Read on to learn about them all!

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March with the Continental Army and learn musket etiquette.

Engage in the art of marching, basic army drills and more at Signers' Garden

Select dates through September 5, 2016
If you're sightseeing with a crew of energy-brimming kiddos, let the Continental Army take them on. Here, they'll get the chance to run around outside while learning basic army drills, including marching techniques and musket etiquette in Signers' Garden (located across 5th Street from Independence Hall).
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Check out 18th-century-inspired activities with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others at Colonial Stations.

Spend a hands-on afternoon in the 18th century throughout the Historic District

Through September 5, 2016
At multiple locations in the Historic District including Christ Church and Independence Square, visitors can spend the afternoon captivated by characters and activities from the 18th century. Participate in crafting, listen to Colonial-style music and meet Founding Fathers and Mothers such as Benjamin Franklin, Deborah Franklin and George Washington. Other popular free activities include listening to political debates between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
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Grab a seat to hear a facinating tale at the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches

History that speaks to you

Through September 5, 2016
Throughout the Historic District, you’ll find 13 Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches featuring free, five-minute tales and secret stories told by uniformed, professional storytellers. Learn fascinating details about some of our nation's earliest "celebrity" citizens in the places where the history actually happened.
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Get acquainted with Free Quakers in their historic worship house.

Hear stories from a rare group of "fighting" Quakers

Ongoing
As many as 30 to 50 men and women, including well-known figures like Betsy Ross, regularly attended meetings during the late 1700s at the Free Quaker Meeting House, the home of an unusual group of "fighting" Quakers who felt drawn to partake in the Revolutionary War. Visit this historic house of worship on Saturdays and Sundays to meet members of the congregation, as portrayed by costumed re-enactors, and learn about their impact on Colonial Philadelphia.
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Meet Secretary of War Henry Knox and others at Carpenters' Hall.

The meeting place of the First Continental Congress invites you to join celebrated figures from history indoors

Through September 5, 2016
Before the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, there was the First Continental Congress. In 1774, delegates from 12 colonies gathered at Carpenters’ Hall and voted to support a trade embargo against England, one of the first unified acts of defiance against the King. The building still stands tall and welcomes you inside every Saturday for a special meet and greet with figures from our nation’s history, including Secretary of War Henry Knox.
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