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Todd House

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Address: 401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215 597 8974
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Excellent Glimpse of History

As a big fan of Dolly Madison I was ecstatic to enter her home shared with her first husband. I'm glad I mentioned this to the ranger at the Visitors Center as you need timed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015
Beth B
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Whittier, California

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Whittier, California
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

As a big fan of Dolly Madison I was ecstatic to enter her home shared with her first husband. I'm glad I mentioned this to the ranger at the Visitors Center as you need timed tickets. Our guide was not very enthusiastic but I still enjoyed the tour that lasted less than an hour.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Before she married James Madison (fourth President of the U.S.) she was married to John Todd and, for two years, lived in this house in Philadelphia. John was a lawyer and the furnishings in this middle-class house reflect his rising status amongst his peers. The house is open by tour only. You can get free tickets at the Independence Visitor... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This was a very interest tour. The Park Ranger did an excellent job. You must reserve your spot at Indepence Hall Visitor Center because space is very limited on this tour. This residence is an excellent representation of a middle class home.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Obtain tickets to enter the Todd House at Independence Hall for same day entry. A park ranger opens the door and escorts a small ticketed group through the house. Dolly Todd became Dolly Madison after living in this house with her first husband. It clearly shows how the different classes lived long ago. Most of the house has period furniture... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

The first part of a (weekend only) free tour (signup at Independence Visitor Center)...brings you to a relatively small house ie looks like a townhouse with 2.5 stories. (Also the reason why they limit the # of people to sign up). The abode was known for being the former house of a former first lady (by virtue of a 2nd... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I visited the Todd House while walking through the historical section of Philadelphia. Built in 1775, it was occupied from 1791 -1793 by lawyer John Todd, and his wife Dolley Payne. Todd died during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Following her husband's death, Dolley married James Madison, destined to become the fourth President of the United States.The... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

This is the first of two houses toured and they reflect a contrast in social station. This ranger-led tour is free but reservations must be made at the Independence Visitors Center. The other house is the Bishop William White house, which is just around the corner. The house has been completely restored in a manner consistent with a middle-class family... More 

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

At some point, the first floor of the Todd house had become a restaurant. The tour guide showed us a picture of it and the adjacent buildings. They all had businesses on the first floor. All the buildings have now been restored to what they looked like in the late 18th century. It's amazing to see what this neighborhood has... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Took the tour. Disappointed to find out that it was completely rebuilt to look like it used to

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Everyone should make a point to stop at the Todd house to learn some little known American history and a "behind the scenes" story of one of our greatest first ladies!

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