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Philadelphia Old City Hall

It served as the first Supreme Court until 1800, presided over by John Jay. The building continued to be the city hall until 1854.

Nearby Attractions

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Franklin Court Printing Office
This museum showcases and demonstrates how paper documents were printed and mass produced in the 18th century.
Independence Hall
This historic building was where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated.
Liberty Bell
One of the most iconic symbols of American independence, the Liberty Bell cracked the first time it rung and was twice recast.
Independence Mall
The three blocks in central Philadelphia are home to some of the historic buildings in which some of the country's momentous founding moments took place.
The President's House Site
Exploring the role of slavery at the founding of the United States, the site challenges norms that have developed around the myths of the Founding Fathers.
Benjamin Franklin Museum
The museum explores the life of the influential founding father, from his politics and religious views, to his scientific discoveries and writings.

Related Tours

Private Architectural Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia
As the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia is rich in American history and plenty of telltale mementoes of a British colonial past. On your private historic architectural tour of Philadelphia, you will:

  • Walk Philadelphia’s most storied pavements, delving into side alleys to discover the stories behind the numerous plaques and monuments.
  • Stroll Philadelphia’s cobbled streets to discover handsome colonial era architecture with shuttered windows, trailing ivy and bloom-filled planters. 
  • Learn about the work of William Penn, an English-born Quaker and advocate of religious freedom, who oversaw the founding of the American Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • See where the Liberty Bell originally stood in the elegant Georgian environs of Independence Hall.
Philadelphia is richly endowed with quaint, cobblestone streets and historic houses packed with charm. Alluring Federalist and Greek Revival-style row homes line neatly curbed pavements and tree-hemmed paths. Straddling large corner plots are grand mansions in high-walled gardens; their elegant painted shutters and imposing street-facing, brass-knobbed doors in bold, baronial hues. As the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia is rich in American history and plenty of telltale mementoes of a British colonial past. 

On the Colonial Era Streets and Historic Architecture Tour, you will learn the origin stories of several of the oldest buildings in Philadelphia. See Independence Hall - a beautifully proportioned building of perfect architectural balance and symmetry that is more evocative of a country house than an urban structure. A similarly outstanding building is Powel House, built in 1765 and elaborately refurbished by its second owner Samuel Powel (1738–1793) and often described as the "finest Georgian row house in the city". George Washington, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were frequent house guests in this grand pile and would attend Sunday morning services at St. Peter’s, a historic Episcopal church, and our next port of call.  

At each turn on the route, your guide will share stories of the old buildings, the preservation efforts that went into keeping the structure, and the way the city is telling its founding story. 
Philadelphia's Highlights Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, you will discover the highlights of the US Independence birthplace, Philadelphia.

You will discover the Independence National Historical Park, home to the iconic Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Old City hall and known as the most “historic mile in America".

The historic highlights of Philadelphia are centred near and around the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell area and in addition to being the most concentrated area of historic sites, monuments and museums in the U.S. this area is also part of the most charming neighbourhood of galleries and boutiques in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia offers history, culture, architecture and a feeling of being part of everyday life as one of the most fascinating American cities and we can't wait to virtually take you there.

PREPARATION FOR YOUR TOUR

  • This experience will be broadcasted live from the streets, no Powerpoint presentations are involved.
  • The Live Virtual Tour will be on the platform Zoom, and you will receive a link in your email to gain access.
  • The recording of the tour will be available for all participants to keep for the future.
  • It's designed as an entirely private experience for you and your group and each person can be connected from one device.
  • If you want a customised tour, please send us an email to reservations@travelcurious.com
  • Date and Time may be affected by weather conditions to guarantee the best experience.
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