Old City Walking Tour, Philadelphia (Self Guided)

The Old City is a wonderful historic area in the heart of Philadelphia. The Declaration House, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall and Independence Hall are but a few of the historical attractions this great place has to offer. Take the following tour to discover this unique area and see its great attractions!
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Old City Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old City Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: leticia
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Carpenters' Hall

1) Carpenters' Hall (must see)

Carpenters' Hall is a two-story brick building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that was a key meeting place in the early history of the United States. Completed in 1773 and set back from Chestnut Street, the meeting hall was built for and is still owned by the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the country's oldest extant trade guild. The First Continental Congress met here. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 15 April 1970 and is part of Independence National Historical Park.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Philosophical Hall

2) Philosophical Hall

Philosophical Hall is a historic building in Philadelphia. Located near Independence Hall, the building has, for over 200 years, been the headquarters of the American Philosophical Society. For twenty years after its founding, the American Philosophical Society (APS) had no home of its own, and met in different locations in Philadelphia. In 1783, APS members voted to construct a building in which meetings could be held. The society originally considered a lot near Arch Street, but a lot became available in the State House yard (today, Independence Square and the State House is known as Independence Hall), and the Pennsylvania Legislative Assembly voted to give the lot to the Society in 1785. The Society immediately began the excavation of the cellar of the new building. However, fundraising proceeded slowly, and the building took four years to construct, the final money needed to complete it coming by way of a loan from Society member Benjamin Franklin.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Independence Hall

3) Independence Hall (must see)

Independence Hall is an American national landmark, located on Chestnut Street. It is world famous for being the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were discussed and adopted. This listed World Heritage Site was completed in 1753.
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Congress Hall

4) Congress Hall (must see)

Congress Hall is a building near the intersection of Chestnut and 6th Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that served as the seat of the United States Congress from December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800. During Congress Hall's duration as the capitol of the United States, the country admitted three new states, Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee; ratified the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution; and oversaw the Presidential inaugurations of both George Washington (his second) and John Adams. Congress Hall was restored throughout the 20th century to its original appearance in 1796. The building is now managed by the National Park Service within the Independence National Historical Park and is open for tours by the public. Congress Hall should not be confused with Independence Hall, which is located next door.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Liberty Bell

5) Liberty Bell (must see)

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now renamed Independence Hall), the bell was commissioned from the London firm of Lester and Pack in 1752, and was cast with the lettering "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." It originally cracked when first rung after arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Declaration House (Graff House)

6) Declaration House (Graff House)

Bricklayer Jacob Graff built this modest three-floor house in the 1770s, with the intention to have its second floor let for extra income. The Second Continental Congress soon brought to the house a slim, ginger-haired lodger named Thomas Jefferson, who looked for a quiet room away from city noise. His search must have been successful, given the fact that he drafted here the Declaration of Independence in just a few weeks of staying in late spring 1776. Many things that would have been around the house in the 1770s were used at reconstruction 200 years later, including Flemish Bond brick checkerboard pattern (on visible walls), windows with paneled shutters, and various knickknacks. Unlike Society Hill homes, this house is quite small and asymmetrical, with a front door way off center. Preceding the entrance is a small garden. Visitors are shown a short film about Jefferson and a copy of his Independence draft.
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Franklin Square

7) Franklin Square (must see)

A renovated Franklin Square was unveiled in the summer of 2006 as part of Philadelphia's celebration of Benjamin Franklin's tercentenary. Courtesy of the project, the park—last of five original squares laid out by William Penn—obtained new walkways, lighting, landscaping, and public WCs with changing tables. Inside the Square is a number of attractions including the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, Philly Mini Golf, and a couple of public playgrounds (one for kids aged 2 to 5, and the other for 5 to 12s). The square also houses a beautiful namesake (Franklin Square) Fountain and Once Upon A Nation's—a unique local attraction featuring storytelling benches, craft demonstrations, and merchandise kiosks.
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National Constitution Center

8) National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is an organization that seeks to expand awareness and understanding of the United States Constitution and operates a museum to advance those purposes. A groundbreaking ceremony for the museum was held on September 17, 2000–213 years after the original Constitution was signed. On July 4, 2003, it was opened and the National Constitution Center joined other notable sites and iconic exhibits in what has been called "America's most historical square mile" because of the proximity of historic landmarks such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Christ Church Burial Ground

9) Christ Church Burial Ground (must see)

The Christ Church Burial Ground was founded by the Christ Church as a supplementary burying ground in 1719. Located right in the heart of the historic Old City, this is one of the most significant American cemeteries, holding 1,400 markers on two beautiful acres. Some of the United States' historic leaders, including Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence, have found their final resting place here.
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Arch Street Friends Meeting House

10) Arch Street Friends Meeting House

Arch Street Friends Meeting House is the oldest operating Quaker (the Religious Society of Friends) meetinghouse in the United States, and the largest in the world. The land was alloted to a Quaker burial ground by Philadelphia’s founder, William Penn, at the end of the 17th century. The house was built in 1804; today it features an exhibit on the life of Penn and holds meetings for its congregation. The available guides present a fifteen minute slideshow and can walk you to a variety of Quaker artifacts and dioramas, illustrating William Penn's contributions and significance to the development of the region.

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
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Travel Distance: 6.3 km
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