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    Robber Barons and Bluebloods, Philadelphia during the Gilded Age

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    This industrial three-hour walking tour is perfect way to learn all about Philadelphia's role during the Gilded Age! You'll enjoy an in-depth look at the city's late 19th-century growth alongside a local historian, as you visit some of the indulgent residences constructed by the city's Robber Baron elite.. The tour begins at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, formerly the Girard Bank, and the extravagant City Hall, where you'll enjoy architectural commentary detailing the link between these buildings and how they were influenced by classical styles and the French Renaissance. Next up, you may visit the Union League, Wetherill Mansion, or the Van Rensselaer Mansion, depending on the interests of your tour group. No matter where you go, your guide will offer insights into the place of these buildings both in the past and present of Philadelphia's urban landscape. All in all, it should be quite a constructive experience!
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    Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

    Gain insight into America's colonial history on this small-group walking tour of Philadelphia, founded in the 17th century by William Penn as a haven for persecuted Quakers. Visit Powell House, which entertained guests like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin; St Peter's Church, where the Founding Fathers worshiped; and Independence Hall, the original home of the Liberty Bell. Your guide will tell you about the events and ideologies that set the stage for the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress. Meet at a central Philadelphia location and follow your guide on a 3-hour walking tour. You'll visit several historic houses, monuments and churches dating back to the 18th century, all of which played a role in the founding of the US.Learn about William Penn, who founded Philadelphia in the 17th century as a safe haven for persecuted Quakers. Make your way to the Society Hill neighborhood to visit Powel House. Built in 1765, this elegant Georgian brick mansion was bought by Samuel Powel, who served as the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule. Hear how he frequently entertained guests like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. Continue to the Old City neighborhood to visit Christ Church, the first Protestant Episcopal church in the US and the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church.Stop by St Peter's Church, a historic church that opened in 1761 and served as the place of worship for many of the US Founding Fathers during the period of the Continental Congress. Learn how the building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996. Explore Independence Hall, the original home of the Liberty Bell which now houses the Centennial Bell. As you walk, your guide will explain how the city evolved during these times, and discuss the events and ideologies that set the stage for the American Revolution and beyond.
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    Mount Pleasant Mansion Tour

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    When it comes to family drama, the 18th-century Macphersons had it all. You'll hear all about their head-spinning story during this two-hour exploration of their expansive Mount Pleasant home, which is widely considered to be one of the most stunning colonial architectural masterpieces in the nation. While exploring the grounds alongside a well-educated guide, you'll enjoy incredible views of the Schuylkill River, learn about its interior craftsmanship, and hear stories of Captain John Macpherson and his wife Margaret, who commissioned the house from master builder Thomas Nevell in the 1760s. It's certainly going to be an experience to build on!
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