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Powel House

244 S. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215/627-0364 or 215/925-2251
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Ranked #75 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Georgian mansion of well-to-do colonial Samuel Powel, who served...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The Georgian mansion of well-to-do colonial Samuel Powel, who served as mayor of Philadelphia. Home also to the sinful dinners, as John Adams called it, the fabulous dinners and dances Powel hosted, inviting the founding fathers and foreign dignitaries.
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Lancaster, PA, USA
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Powel House is not so well known, but the location is terrific in Philadelphia's Historic District (albeit off the main path). The guide gives one a great sense of the British occupation of Philadelphia and the comings and goings of, among others, George Washington, who after the War visited the house regularly for social events. Don't count on the large... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My wife and I visited the Powel House while walking through the historical section of Philadelphia. Powel House, a stunning Georgian townhouse, was built in 1765 and purchased by Philadelphia's first mayor, Samuel Powel, in 1769. The house features an original staircase of Santo Domingo mahogany that rises elegantly from an impressive paneled and columned entrance hall. Many pieces of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This place deserves to be visited more. People flock to the Independence Hall, etc, but they should give themselves an opportunity to visit an elegant house, loveingly restored. The history of the house is remarkable - being saved from demolition. The guide was friendly but the narration was a bit sketchy. I had to probe a little to get into... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We recently visited the powel house. An unappreciated hidden treasure in the city of brotherly love. Home of Philadelphia's first mayor, the rooms were very interesting. We were especially enamored of this very nice tour guide Matt who walked us through the rooms and gave us a real vivid sense of the history of the house plus he gave us... More 

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Vermillion, South Dakota
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I took a ten minute walk from the Independence Hall mall area to this house. When asked what was the highlight of my trip to Philadelphia - this was it! The house is gorgeous and was a wonder to walk through. The guide was very knowledgeable and let me take as much time as I wanted and ask as many... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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125 reviews 125 reviews
25 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Out of the tourist circle this gem is one of the most interesting historical buildings I visited in Philadelphia. Probably because the restoration has been made so well that you don´t feel it´s restored, in fact you can see the expected imperfections as probably did the owners at that time. You have to pay a $10 donation that is worth... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

If you love small intimate museums, then this is for you. It is docent-led tour of the house and she was very passionate and knowledgeable. You learn a lot about the period and the history of the house. It is amazing the wealth they had for the period. The house is absolutely huge for the period. They have done a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2002

I was amazed at not only how beautiful the house is on the inside, but how much bigger it it is, compared to what it seems from the outside. The tours are personable and fun!

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