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Powel House

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Address: 244 S. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215/627-0364 or 215/925-2251
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Description: The Georgian mansion of well-to-do colonial Samuel Powel, who served as...
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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Guided tour a must - otherwise you will miss the key moments here

Stopped by here running errands and took the guided tour. It didn't take long at all and learned so much. The house is beautiful. The tour is not only informational but the guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Stopped by here running errands and took the guided tour. It didn't take long at all and learned so much. The house is beautiful. The tour is not only informational but the guide pointed out the items that are easy to relate to today. For example, the first designated dining room, who were the social friends and who may influence... More 

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Decatur Island
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My family was staying nearby and we almost missed out on this jem of Philly due to a tight schedule and some inclement weather. I am glad we didn't miss it. The caretaker, Jennifer, was awesome! She knows what she is talking about and is excited to share. The house was built in 1765 but did not come into the... More 

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Lancaster, PA, USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Chicago
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1,392 reviews 1,392 reviews
350 attraction reviews
767 helpful votes 767 helpful votes
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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140 reviews 140 reviews
24 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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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phila
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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
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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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145 reviews 145 reviews
31 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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368 reviews 368 reviews
118 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 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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