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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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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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Philadelphia's Finest Historic House

Wow. Step foot into one of the most architecturally and historically significant house museums from colonial Philadelphia. When you walk through the original front door your a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Built in 1765, this Georgian brick mansion exemplifies mid-18th century luxury. Ironically, during the early 20th century, the house served as a warehouse and office for a business that imported and exported Russian and Siberian horse hair and bristles. At the end of the 1920s, the building was slated for demolition and the site to be used for a parking... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Wow. Step foot into one of the most architecturally and historically significant house museums from colonial Philadelphia. When you walk through the original front door your a literally walking in the same footsteps as George and Martha Washington, John Adams, Ben Franklin, etc. The Powel House is named after Samuel and Elizabeth Powel. Samuel was the mayor of Philadelphia directly... More 

2 Thank PhillyTraveler17
Menlo Park, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Is here by myself in a quiet afternoon, and was the only visitor. What a unique joy. The very will informed didn't have me a private tour with plenty of delightful conversation, facts and history. I was so glad I stopped by...a perfect afternoon visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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