This charming, wealthy, urban neighborhood is criss-crossed with cobblestone lanes, overhung with trees, and rich in colonial architecture. Most interesting, for me, was the interspersing of black-marked bricks in the homes' facades - a style I haven't seen in other colonial American cities. Also, the street-level entries suggest both a seaport village, and a warmer climate - another odd characteristic(any locals care to help me here?).
Definitely stroll through this precinct on your way from Independence Hall to South Street.
This historic area of Philadelphia is also its most charming area with cobblestone streets, original 18th and early 19th century buildings, historic sites, and lots of shops and nightlife in the area along South Street.
Key attractions and historic sites include the Society Hill Synagogue (1829), Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church (1768), St Peter's Church (1761), Old St Joseph's Church (1757), Old St Paul's Church, Old St Mary's Church (1763), the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Washington Square, and the area borders Independence National Historic Park (home of Independence Hall, Carpenters Hall, and the Liberty Bell). Over half of the residences in this neighborhood were constructed before 1939.
This neighborhood is known as a young, affluent, well-educated, mostly white neighborhood. Some interesting demographics to prove it: 92% white, 40% 20-34 years old, 44% never married and 26% divorced (makes for a lot of single people!), 45% earn over $50,000 per year, and 75% with an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Society Hill Civic Association
GoPhila.com has a great walking tour of Society Hill.
Strolling through Society Hill will give you the feel of wealthy old Philadelphia - and wealthy new Philadelphia. It's a beautiful neighborhood of older, well maintained homes, located between the Independence Mall and South Street. See blocks and blocks of old homes, up and down the cobblestone streets, that have been lived in and enjoyed for generations. There are also several shops and restaurants, including a couple of Irish pubs.
A very quiet getaway from all of the nearby tourist sites, and from the city. Society Hill. Check it out.
This small and compact neighborhood is Philadelphia's gemstone. The houses and buildings are carefully restored with love and pride, and yet it still retains a neighborhood feel with real people living in real houses - not a street museum. The homes on Delancey Street are some of the nicest!