What To Expect
Founded in the 17th century by William Penn as a haven for persecuted Quakers, Philadelphia quickly became the most important city in America. By the dawn of the revolution it was the largest English speaking city in the world outside of London. During the course of this three-hour walking seminar through Philadelphia's Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods, we will explore the social and political mechanisms that defined the city and set the stage for the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress.
We begin as the city did, along the wharves and with a discussion of the critical figure of William Penn, founding father of the colony of Pennsylvania and architect - in a very real sense - of the city of Philadelphia. As we make our way through the well-preserved historic core of the city, past buildings that still stand after more than 200 years, we'll look at some of the key themes that defined Philadelphia in those early years including Quakerism and religious tolerance and unfettered trade.
Our walk will take us into several historic houses and house museums along streets dating to the 18th century, and into some of the churches that played a role in the founding of the U.S. As we walk we'll move forward through history to discuss how the city evolved social, architecturally, and politically through the colonial period until the dawn of the revolution. By this point we should find ourselves at Independence Mall where our docent will put into context the groundbreaking developments of the 1770s and 1780s that took place here. Although Independence Hall, which is only accessible on a National Park Service tour, is not included, we will spend time dealing with this structure from the outside and looking at some of the recent archaeological discoveries on the mall and elements of various structures, including the West Wing and the so-called "presidents house."
This walking seminar is a good introduction to Philadelphia during the colonial period and exploration of the major sites in old city south of Market Street. It is a great complement to our Franklin Seminar walk."
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
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1 or 2 days