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  • Old Pine Street (Third, Scots and Mariners) Presbyterian Church

    The oldest Presbyterian church building in Philadelphia

    Old Pine Street Church

    The oldest Presbyterian church building in Philadelphia.

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  • Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

    Active parish where Catholicism took root and flourished in early Philadelphia

    Old St. Joseph's Catholic Church

    Walking down Willings Alley and through a small walled courtyard, you can imagine this parish as it started in 1733, in a small chapel set back from Walnut Street.

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  • Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church

    Philadelphia’s first Catholic Cathedral from 1810 to 1837

    Inside St Mary's Church

    Philadelphia’s first Catholic Cathedral from 1810 to 1837.

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  • Once Upon a Nation

    History that speaks to you

    A storytelling bench in Historic Philadelphia

    Discover the true stories scattered in Philadelphia’s Historic District in the places the actually happened with Once Upon A Nation™.

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  • Paul Robeson House Museum

    Historic home of local Civil Rights leader

    Honoring the life, legacy, philosophy and historical significance of Philadelphian Paul Robeson.

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  • Peddler’s Village

    Charming countryside village just one hour from Philadelphia

    Peddler's Village

    Peddler’s Village offers small town, colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. Explore 65 independently owned and operated specialty shops, six restaurants, a 71-room inn, family-friendly attractions and exciting annual events.

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  • Penn Treaty Park

    Historic spot of peace along the Delaware River

    Penn Treaty Park in Northern Liberties.

    According to legend, Pennsylvania founder William Penn signed his treaty of peace with the local Lenape tribe under an elm tree just off the Delaware River in 1683.

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  • Pennsylvania Hospital

    The nation’s first hospital was co-founded by Benjamin Franklin

    Pennsylvania Hospital

    The nation’s first hospital was co-founded by Benjamin Franklin

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  • Pennypacker Mills

    Get a glimpse of Pennsylvania’s past

    Scenes from a Civil War reunion at Pennypacker Mills

    A tour of this colonial-revival mansion brings back early 20th-century middle-class living, but harkens to America’s glorious colonial past.

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  • Peter Wentz Farmstead

    An authentic, working 18th-century Pennsylvania German farm

    Get a glimpse of life on an 18th-century working farm, where the crops and the livestock are much the same as they would have been when the early Pennsylvania Germans first established this homestead. Learn how the farmers shear wool from sheep, visit with craftspeople producing the finished product and see open-hearth cooking in the summer kitchen.

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  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival

    A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue

    Reenactors at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

    You are never far from history when in Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. That’s never more true than during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of Germantown and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.

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  • Richards Medical Research Building

    Louis I. Kahn (1957-1961)

    Considered to be one of the most significant examples of modern American architecture

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  • Rodeph Shalom Synagogue

    A 1920s-era architectural marvel and home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

    This synagogue, built in 1927, is an outstanding example of the Byzantine style. The building, which places home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, is free and open to the public.

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  • Saint George’s Methodist Church

    Oldest continuously used Methodist church building in America

    This brick church (14 feet from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge) and its Historical Center present a picture of Colonial life and the beginnings of American Methodism.

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  • Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church

    Active parish rich with the history of early Philadelphia life

    Active parish rich with the history of early Philadelphia life. View More
  • Second Bank of the United States

    A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture

    This place packs a large punch in a relatively small space. Most important, it played a pivotal role in American history.

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  • Shofuso – The Japanese House and Garden

    Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

    The Japanese House and Garden

    Enter a place of harmony and tranquility, where the large stone statue of the Buddhist deity Jizo keeps silent watch over the Shofuso in its home away from home in Fairmount Park. Explore the Pine Breeze Villa, fragrant from its tatami mats and hinoki bark roof; across the wooden bridge, a tea garden leads past lanterns to the ceremonial teahouse complex.

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  • Stenton

    William Penn’s powerful agent-secretary, James Logan, made Stenton his country seat

    Stenton was one of the grandest houses of its time.

    Ben Franklin thought it was worth the trip to Germantown’s Stenton, one of the grandest houses of its time.

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  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

    Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer

    Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer. View More
  • The Annual Center City House Tour

    A delight for the architecturally inclined

    A delight for the architecturally inclined

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  • The Architectural Archives
    & Kroiz Gallery

    Preserving and presenting architecture – in a National Historic Landmark

    How bombastic-yet logical! In the bowels of architect Frank Furness’s most outrageous work-a structure that looks more like a steamboat than a library-resides an archive celebrating the dynamism of architecture. University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Archives preserves drawings, sketchbooks, models and manuscripts of more than 400 designers who worked over three centuries.

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  • The Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    Betsy Ross inside her home

    Did she or didn’t she? Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag maker.

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  • The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

    The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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  • The Christian C. Sanderson Museum

    A history buff’s astonishing personal collection

    Sanderson was a longtime teacher, radio broadcaster and square-dance caller in the area. A lover of history, he was a collector of the pack-rat variety, filling staircases and closets willy-nilly with his treasures. In his handwritten will, Sanderson stated that anything in his house that would help write his biography was to be turned over to Tom Thompson, who is now the curator of the collection.

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  • The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

    A walk through the birthplace of our nation

    Constitutional Walking Tours

    The Constitutional Walking Tour provides visitors with a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area by connecting the buildings and places where the events of the American Revolution transpired.

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  • The Highlands Mansion and Garden

    Georgian mansion and two-acre formal garden

    The Highlands Mansion

    A glimpse of the massive stone walls on the grounds of this 18th-century Georgian mansion hints at the treat to be enjoyed within.

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  • The Historic Barns-Brinton House of Chadds Ford

    Pre-Revolutionary War homes on the National Register of Historic Places

    Re-enactor at the Barns-Brinton House

    Nestled into a sloping hillside, the three-story house is simple, in keeping with Chads’ Quaker beliefs, but comfortable.

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  • The Johnson House
    Historic Site, Inc.

    A vital stop on the Underground Railroad

    A reenactment at the Johnson House in Germantown.

    It’s easy to imagine 19th-century freedom fighters Harriet Tubman and William Still meeting at this Quaker home in Germantown, owned by four generations of the abolitionist Johnson family.

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  • The Liberty 360 3-D Show
    at the PECO Theater

    Let history surround you in this revolutionary, new 3-D show

    Audience members at the new 3-D Liberty 360

    See Philadelphia’s history in a very new way! Liberty 360 in the state-of-the-art PECO Theater is Philadelphia’s first indoor, 360-degree, 3-D panoramic show, designed to the immerse viewers in the symbols of freedom.

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