Society Hill Walk (Self Guided), Philadelphia

Society Hill has been through some difficult times in its history. In the early 20th century it looked like it was all over for a once glorious area, because it was in decline. However, since that time the neighborhood has picked itself up, dusted itself off and is a shining example of urban renewal while staying true to the past.

Today, Society Hill is one of the most attractive and delightful parts of the city. It has the largest concentration of original 18th-century and early 19th-century architecture of anywhere in the United States. Amble down cobblestone streets and as you go, pause to appreciate the Federal and Georgian-style brick row houses. These historic properties are not museums, but beautiful and functioning residences that are lived in by Philadelphians.

In addition to the old homes, the district features a clutch of other historic buildings, including the Society Hill Synagogue, which was originally constructed as a Baptist Church in 1829. There is also St. Peter's Church, an 18th-century place of worship with a six-story tower. With its historic charm, architectural beauty, genteel vibe and social diversity, Society Hill is a wonderful place to live and work, and also to visit, even if only to enjoy a few peaceful moments.
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Society Hill Walk Map

Guide Name: Society Hill Walk
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: naomi
Walnut Street corner with South 2nd Street

1) Walnut Street corner with South 2nd Street

South 3rd Street, Merchants Exchange Building

2) South 3rd Street, Merchants Exchange Building

South 6th Street, Athenaeum

5) South 6th Street, Athenaeum

South 4th Street, Physick House

6) South 4th Street, Physick House

Pine Street corner with South 2nd Street

8) Pine Street corner with South 2nd Street

South 2nd Street, Head House Square

9) South 2nd Street, Head House Square

Lombard Street, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

13) Lombard Street, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Lombard Street, Congregation B'nai Abraham

14) Lombard Street, Congregation B'nai Abraham

Lombard Street, Presbyterian Historical Society

15) Lombard Street, Presbyterian Historical Society

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