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Private Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip from New York
"You will be met in the morning by your own private driver-guide and vehicle at the New York City location of your choice.  Together you will travel to Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  There you will explore the historic Independence Mall with Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  You will stroll through America’s oldest neighborhood Elfreth Ally with its cobbled street and Georgian and Federal-style houses.  You will pass by Betsy Ross’s House-birthplace of the American flag; the original President’s House; Christ Church’s Burial Ground with the graves of some of America’s earliest prominent leaders; the First Bank of the United State and more.  Lunch will be had at the bustling Reading Terminal Market
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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
"Are you tired of going on tours in which the guide knows less than you do? The guides for Bow Tie Tours are teachers not actors or college students who have studied a cram sheet and they are well-trained in providing people information in an interesting and entertaining manner whether you are a parent with young children or a college professor looking to gain insight into the historical activities of Philadelphia. Join us as we see Independence Hall Declaration House Franklin Court the Betsy Ross House
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 27 stops covering 16 miles of Philadelphia. Ride the full 1.5-hour loop with live commentary on board and enjoy access to 100 of the city's most popular attractions and landmarks. Hop on and off as you please!Travel at your leisure with this valuable today and tomorrow pass that allows to explore with added value of transportation throughout Downtown"""This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour lets you experience the rich history and legendary sights of Philadelphia with ease. Take advantage of this 2 day pass that allows you to explore Philadelphia with the added value of transportatation. Expert local gui including the Liberty Bell Independence Hall and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus
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Christ Church Tips (4)

Old postcards

Favorite thing The first one is of Christ church which is a currently active Episcopal church. Many of the Founding Fathers and other famous people (such as Benjamin Franklin. Pioneer Alice. William Penn. Betsy Ross. George Washington. Absalom Jones. William White and Fanny Kemble) worshiped here. The church was, founded in 1695. It was the first parish of the Church of England (Anglican) in Pennsylvania. Three blocks from the Church, and just across the street from the Visitors' Center, the Burial Ground s the final resting place for some of our most prominent leaders including Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence. Guided walking tours are held throughout the day.

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Dec 22, 2013

Christ Church interiors

Favorite thing Referred to as the "mother church" by many Episcopalians ...instrumental in organizing the Episcopal Church after the Revolution from the shattered Church of England.
The baptismal font in the back of the church was sent to Philadelphia in 1697 from All Hallow's Church Barking-by-the-Tower, London. It is the font from which William Penn was baptized.
There are burial stone markers on the floor which mark the graves of early noteable men.

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Pawtuxet
Dec 03, 2004

Founding Fathers

Favorite thing Study up on your history before you visit Philadelphia and you'll be rewarded with a more satisfying visit. It's great to walk the same streets as George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Penn, Robert Morris and many other icons of American history.

Here's a shot of the interior of Christ Church, where all of the above mentioned men worshipped at one time or the other.

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May 13, 2004

CHRIST CHURCH BURIAL GROUND

Favorite thing CHRIST CHURCH BURIAL GROUND: Burial place of Benjamin Franklin & other notables. The site is just opposite the U.S. Mint.

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Jan 21, 2003
 
 
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