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Carpenters' Hall

Neighborhood: City Center East
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Address: 320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215/925-0167
Description: Built in 1770 and used by a variety of political groups, Carpenter Hall...
Built in 1770 and used by a variety of political groups, Carpenter Hall was used as a hospital and arsenal during the Revolutionary War.
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If you're in Philly and doing the historic sites, of course you went to Independence Hall. Amazing wasn't it? But maybe a little crowded, and besides most of the rooms were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Golden, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

If you're in Philly and doing the historic sites, of course you went to Independence Hall. Amazing wasn't it? But maybe a little crowded, and besides most of the rooms were roped off. Carpenter's Hall is basically just a big room in a very cool building, but the have a fair amount of very good interpretive signs and such. But... More 

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Chappaqua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you like walking through genuine historic buildings, Philadelphia offers dozens of them. This is yet another gem, part of Independence Historic Park but owned and operated by the Carpenter's Company.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

if you read about this hall before going, you'll have a better appreciation. this is where the 1st continental congress was held in secret. this building was for an association of carpenters, lumber merchants, builders, architects, business men, and bankers that banded together under personal risk to build the foundation of the principles and laws of this country.

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Parkville, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This site is where the First Continental Congress met in (I believe) 1774. It’s a two-story building, but only the first one is open to the public. There isn’t a lot to see, other than the actual place where the organized political process that ultimately led to American independence started to unfold. There’s no tour, because the site is only... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It is easy to overlook Carpenters Hall, a rather small building set far back from the street. But perhaps like me, you may not make a point of visiting it the first few times you come to Philadelphia, but on a cold winter day will find it a convenient place to stop in and warm up, at least! Once we... More 

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Ronneby, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It was very interesting to see this house as it's a big part of history. It was used as a meeting place in the early history of the United States. The place is not big, but still worth the visit. There is no entrance fee.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Very knowledgeable staff to review the history of this important hall. It started out as a union meeting place and is still used for that quarterly. Its outstanding importance is that it was the meeting place where representatives of the colonies, except Georgia, met to determine the future of the colonies. This became known as the first continental congress and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This beautiful building built by architects and carpenters in the 1770's is worth visiting. It is free to enter and look around. It has some interesting historical information and a small gift shop area. My kids bought some nice, reasonably priced souvenirs here.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I got to talk to one of the characters in costume who gave us important info on history. The building is near the Liberty Bel. We were really impressed with its history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I visited Carpenters’ Hall while walking through the historical section of Philadelphia. Before the Constitution, before the Declaration of Independence, there was the First Continental Congress. In 1774, delegates from 12 colonies (Georgia abstained), gathered at Carpenters’ Hall and voted to support a trade embargo against England, one of the first unified acts of defiance against the... More 

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