The Historic American Revolution Trail of Philadelphia
Sites throughout the region recount America’s fight for independence
Long before the first musket shot was fired in Lexington in 1775, the seeds of the American Revolution were taking root in Philadelphia as colonists declared their independence and began preparing for war.
For visitors eager to delve into this tumultuous time in history, the Museum of the American Revolution — located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District — delivers a full picture story of this world-changing war, creating the perfect starting point for their exploration.
More than 242 years later after the Revolution, dozens of key sites and landmarks throughout the region remain, giving visitors a glimpse into the fascinating stories of the time.
Museum of the American Revolution
An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period
Meeting place of the First Continental Congress
Colonial America is recreated at this authentic tavern in Old City
Declaration (Graff) House
Where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
A luxurious mid-Georgian 18th-century mansion
Home of Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congresses
The Betsy Ross House
The birthplace of the American flag
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
New Hall Military Museum
Congregation Mikveh Israel
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Where Washington made his famous trip across the Delaware
Brandywine Battlefield Park
Peter Wentz Farmstead
An authentic, working 18th-century Pennsylvania German farm
Hope Lodge Mather Mill
Georgian mansion in colonial and colonial revival decoration
A grand Germantown mansion with a fascinating — and bloody — history
Germantown White House - Deshler-Morris House
Thompson Neely House
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Where the spirit of the Revolution received its sternest test
Christ Church Burial Ground
Visit the graves of Benjamin Franklin and other early American leaders
Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground
Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church
National Constitution Center
The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution
More American Revolution Resources
- The David Library of the American Revolution: Everyone from the casually interested to the dedicated scholar can utilize the David Library of the American Revolution. Devoted solely to the American Revolution, the David Library boasts 10,000 reels of microfilm, nearly 8,000 books and 2,000 pamphlets among its holdings. Primary source materials include diaries, maps, muster rolls, letters, recipes and other information from the era.
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania: With almost 3,000 books, pamphlets and 191 archival collections dealing with the American Revolution, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania offers a vast array of primary source materials and research resources for inquiring minds.
- Polish American Cultural Center: The Polish American Cultural Center offers a glimpse into the life and contributions of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, whose engineering genius helped win the Revolution.
- Chester County Historical Society: The library and research facilities at the Chester County Historical Society hold a wealth of information about people and events that played a regional role in the Revolutionary War.