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BEYOND THE BELL - A Comprehensive Guided WALKING TOUR of the Historic District
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Washington - Franklin - Ross - Hamilton - Penn - Barry - Morris - Parrish - Madison - Jefferson … are just a few of the famous names you’ll encounter on this comprehensive walking tour of Philadelphia’s Historic District (known as America’s Birthplace) – well beyond the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall sites – and all at a comfortable walking pace.
See the site where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence (a 5 minute stroll from the hotel that was once considered remote quiet countryside), a 100,000-piece stunning mosaic from the Tiffany Studios, an 18th century English garden, the home of Dolley Todd (who later went on to become Dolley Madison) and Alexander Hamilton’s original concept for a national bank.
Step inside Christ Church (known as the Founding Fathers’ church) and see Washington’s, Franklin’s and Betsy Ross’ pews. Learn about the William Penn (Philadelphia’s founder) and the Quakers who were among the first settlers in Philadelphia with a tour of the Arch Street Meetinghouse. Walk away with a deeper understanding of how they worshiped and contrast this to the visit to Christ Church.
Visit the oldest continuously inhabited street in America – a true step back in time. See the Betsy Ross House and the site of Ben Franklin’s home and print shop while getting deeper stories of these two fascinating early Americans. Among many other fascinating sites and stops, pitch a penny on Franklin’s grave for legendary good luck. Your guide will end the tour with an opportunity to pick up some of the best Philadelphia souvenirs before returning back to the hotel.