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Historic Sites in Philadelphia, PA

Your guide to the historic sites of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the place where the United States began.
Philadelphia's Architectural Tradition - 19th Century
The City of Philadelphia features outstanding examples of every important style and period, from works by the Colonial-era, carpenter-architects, to modern masterpieces. In this feature we look at examples of Philadelphia's 19 Century architecture.
Philadelphia's Architectural Tradition
The City of Philadelphia features outstanding examples of every important style and period, from works by the Colonial-era, carpenter-architects, to modern masterpieces. In this feature we look at examples of Philadelphia's 17th and 18th Century architecture.
Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
Located in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania you will find a 20 foot high marble statue of Benjamin Franklin, sculpted by James Earle Fraser.
Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Be sure to take the "virtual tour" of Betsy Ross's House. Room by room, you will enjoy a walk through this shrine to the American flag.
Bishop White House
The Rev. Dr. William White, rector of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church and the first Episcopal Bishop of Pennsylvania, lived in this house from the time it was built in 1787 until his death in 1836.
City Tavern, Old City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Famous as the gathering place for members of the Continental Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, and for officials of the Federal Government from 1790 - 1800.
Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The delegates to the First Continental Congress met here in September, 1774 to air their grievances against King George III
Christ Church
Built between 1727 and 1754, Christ Church is considered one of the most beautiful 18th century structures in the United States, a monument to colonial craftsmanship.
Congress Hall
This is the building which served as the meeting place of the U. S. Congress from 1790 - 1800.
Declaration House
Built in 1775 it is where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence.
Deshler Morris House
The house served as the headquarters for British General Sir William Howe during the Battle of Germantown and as the official residence of President George Washington in 1793.
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Poe's residence from 1838-1844 when he published some of his most famous tales, including,  "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".
First Bank of the United States
The oldest bank building in America and considered the oldest building in America with a classical facade is now a museum of major artwork.
Franklin Court
Franklin Court was once the site of the home of Benjamin Franklin, who lived there while serving in the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention.
Independence Hall
Explore the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution were signed.
Independence Hall Area Map
High quality map of the area of the park near Independence Hall.
Independence National Historical Park
General information on the park including ticket information and schedules of when buildings are open.
Liberty Bell
Proclaiming LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.
Map of Independence National Historical Park
High quality map of the whole park which can be printed and used in your visit.
New Hall Military Museum
This building was originally used to house the office of the first Secretary of War, Henry Knox, and his staff.
Old City Hall
This is the building used by the U. S. Supreme Court from the time the building was completed in 1791 until 1800.
Second Bank of the United States
The Second Bank was incorporated in 1816 and was one of the most influential financial institutions in the world until 1832.
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
One of the first foreign volunteers to come to the aid of the American revolutionary army, Kosciuszko made many significant contributions to the American Revolution.
Todd House
The home was occupied from 1791 -1793 by lawyer John Todd, and his wife Dolley Payne, later the wife of President James Madison.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Located just outside of Philadelphia during the winter of 1777-78 thousands of American soldiers died here.
Visitor's Center
Located at Third and Chestnut Streets, the building contains exhibits and an introductory 28-minute film, "Independence". Find out about daily programs and activities.
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