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  • Franklin’s Print Shop

    Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century printing shop

    Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century printing shop.

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  • Germantown White House
    (Deshler-Morris House)

    George Washington’s White House in Germantown

    Deshler-Morris House

    George Washington’s White House in Germantown

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  • Graeme Park

    Colonial Home of provincial governor Sir William Keith

    Graeme Park

    Built in 1722, the manor originally belonged to Sir William Keith, William Penn’s provincial governor in his new colony.

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  • Grumblethorpe

    John Wister’s 1740’s Germantown summer home and orchard

    Grumblethorpe

    John Wister practically invented the American dream.

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  • Harriton House

    Home of Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congresses

    Perched amidst 16 acres of parklands, Harriton House quietly holds a place in America’s history.

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  • High Hollow

    George Howe (1886-1955)

    High Hollow is typical of the many beautiful country homes Howe designed in the early part of his career.

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  • Historic Fallsington

    A 300 year-old Quaker village

    A cabin at Historic Fallsington

    A 300 year-old Quaker village

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  • Historic Houses of Chadds Ford

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

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

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  • Historic New Hope

    Artistic village nestled beside the Delaware River

    New Hope’s history — it was here that Washington crossed the Delaware during the American Revolution — blends seamlessly with its progressive modernity.

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  • Historic RittenhouseTown

    The site of the first paper mill in British North America

    Historic RittenhouseTown, the birthplace of paper in North America, is now a preserved village on idyllic Lincoln Drive in beautiful Fairmount Park.

    The birthplace of paper in North America, Historic RittenhouseTown is now a preserved village on idyllic Lincoln Drive in beautiful Fairmount Park.

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  • Hope Lodge Mather Mill

    Georgian mansion in colonial and colonial revival decoration

    Georgian mansion in colonial and colonial revival decoration

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  • Hopewell Furnace
    National Historic Site

    An early American “Iron Plantation” — a forerunner of today’s iron and steel industries

    Hopewell Furnace

    Forging weapons and ammunition for the American Revolution

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history after hours

    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern, before heading out on an evening of adventure.

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  • Independence Hall

    Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    Independence Hall

    They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Independence Seaport Museum

    An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage

    Sailing on the river outside the Independence Seaport Museum.

    With historic vessels to board, an underwater ROV to maneuver and a mock cannon to fire, Philadelphia’s maritime museum conveys what the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers have meant to the city over the years.

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  • Independence Visitor Center

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    Independence Visitor Center

    The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.

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  • Juneteenth Festival

    An annual all-day festival celebrating the end of slavery

    Germantown is an apt place to celebrate the end of slavery.

    Celebrate the end of slavery with free exhibitions, performances, vendors, discussions, family-friendly events and activities in Germantown.

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  • Lemon Hill

    Founding father Robert Morris’ hilltop estate

    Lemon Hill is one of Fairmount Park’s most enduring attractions, an open-to-the-public Federal-style architectural beauty built in 1800.

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  • Margaret Esherick House (Private Residence)

    Louis I. Kahn (1960)

    An outstanding example of a modest building transformed by the use of natural light.

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  • Masonic Temple

    A showcase of grand, almost mythical, architecture and design

    The Masonic Temple

    The Temple is one of the more magnificent buildings in the city from the outside, its Norman cathedral-like exterior rising wondrously across the street from City Hall.

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  • Mechanics’ National Bank

    Philadelphia’s first bank for the working and artist classes

    The Mechanics' National Bank

    Mechanics’ National Bank building has been the proud home of many establishments in its 200 years of existence. Today, it houses the wildly popular bar, National Mechanics.

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  • Mercer Museum

    A castle filled with pre-industrial tools and artifacts

    The Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA.

    This towering castle, an imposing landmark in otherwise low-rise Doylestown, shelters a museum where the mundane becomes fascinating. Each themed room winding up the castle stairs has dramatic displays of tools, folk art and articles used in everyday life in early America — before mechanization.

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  • Merchant’s Exchange

    William Strickland (1832-1833)

    The Merchant's Exchange

    The oldest stock exchange building in the country and one of the most beautiful.

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  • Mikveh Israel Congregation and Cemetery

    Oldest Jewish congregation in Pennsylvania

    The Mikveh Israel Sanctuary

    Oldest Jewish congregation in Pennsylvania.

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  • Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

    The oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans

    Inside the Mother Bethel Church

    Walk on hallowed ground when you visit Mother Bethel AME Church, the mother church of the nation’s first black denomination. Founded in 1787, the church rests upon the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans.

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  • Mount Pleasant

    The “grand dame” of Fairmount Park houses is one America’s great architectural gems

    Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Schuylkill River, Mount Pleasant was built in the 1760s by Scottish sea captain John McPherson.

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  • Museum of Mourning Art

    A cemetery uncovers the history and culture of grief

    Hearse by Sayers & Scoville, on display at the Museum

    Housed in a modern building modeled after Mount Vernon, the museum shows us how people have coped with death through the ages.

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  • National Constitution Center

    The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

    Exterior of the National Constitution Center

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. In the star-shaped Kimmel Theater, powerful music, a live actor and 360 degrees multi-media images tell the story of We the People.

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  • New Hope and Ivyland Railroad

    Narrated train rides through Bucks County

    New Hope and Ivyland Railroad takes you through through 35 miles of scenic countryside in beautiful Bucks County.

    Ride through 35 miles of scenic countryside in beautiful Bucks County, replete with flowing streams, rock cuts and the awesome Rushland Trestle which towers over the Neshaminy Creek.

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