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Philadelphia’s Story

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Q: Where can you find some of the United States of America’s oldest relics and richest history?
A: In the Roxborough-Manayunk-Wissahickon section of Philadelphia.

Swedish settlements started in Philadelphia as early as 1639. Gradually, they moved west of the Delaware River to the surrounding suburbs. Philadelphia’s oldest house is on the West River Drive and was built by Swedes in 1660. Outside the house, a sign reads; “Boelsen Cottage 1684.” It was surveyed by Thomas Holme in 1684, but built in 1660, as a sign closer to the house reads.

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Free Things To Do In Philadelphia

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

According to Visit Philly, the top 10 free things to do in Philadelphia are:

1. Independence Hall

Start your free tour of Philadelphia with a visit to Independence Hall. Free timed tickets (required March through December) are available at the Independence Visitors’ Center.

2. Congress Hall and Old City Hall

These are the two buildings that flank Independence Hall. Congress Hall was the original home to the newly formed U.S. Congress. Built in 1791 Old City Hall was the second official government structure for the city of Philadelphia. Self-guided tours of these two structures are optional after the Independence Hall tour. They cannot be visited independently.

3. The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell Center is located across the street from Independence Hall. Resting in its new home, encased in glass &mdash making the Bell visible from Chestnut Street — you can get an up-close-and-personal look, crack and all, while interactive displays tell the story of this national treasure.

Tickets are not required for entry and the Center is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended hours in the summer.

4. Carpenters’ Hall

Carpenters’ Hall played host to the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Benjamin Franklin’s Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. Now it’s open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday.

5. Franklin Court

Explore the former site of Benjamin and Deborah Franklin’s Old City home. Okay, you can’t actually see it — the long-ago-demolished home is recreated via a “ghost” structure that the inventor in Mr. Franklin would have been quite impressed by. Don’t miss the underground museum, replica print shop and working U.S. post office that operates just as it did in Franklin’s day.

Admission is free, although donations are accepted.

6. Elfreth’s Alley

Elfreth’s Alley is the nation’s oldest continually occupied residential street. Named after Jeremiah Elfreth, this tiny thoroughfare was once home to artisans and tradespeople. Strolling down the alley is free, while guided tours of the two-house museum are available for just $5 for adults.

7. Fireman’s Hall Museum

The Fireman’s Hall Museum is dedicated to the art and science of firefighting through the last three centuries. Kids love the old fire engines and replica firefighter dressing rooms. Open Tuesday through Saturday, admission is free.

8. Edgar Allan Poe House

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site was once home to the macabre poet, and it was here that he penned his famous (and terrifying) stories A Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher. The house is open Wednesday through Sunday and admission is absolutely free.

9. Institute of Contemporary Art

Head up to University City to expand your mind at this time-honored contemporary art showcase. Having displayed the first museum shows for Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Agnes Martin, Robert Indiana and other influential artists, the Institute of Contemporary Art now offers free admission thanks to a generous grant.

10. Franklin Square

There are countless reasons to love Philadelphia’s most family-friendly square. And while most of them have a price tag (only a buck or two) — including the carousel, mini golf and SquareBurger, the Stephen Starr burger-and-fries outpost installed last summer — hanging out in the Square is free. It makes for a nice resting point while walking around America’s most historic neighborhood.

Bonus: South Street
Between Delaware Avenue and Broad Street on South Street you can find shopping, bars, restaurants, music, and the best cheesesteaks in world. It is the most popular destination for night-life.