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Todd House

401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215 597 8974
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Ranked #123 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic Sites
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Memphis, Tennessee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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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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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

If you're a history geek, you'll love this tour. You can only get in if you have reserved a free ticket at the Independence Visitors Center, and tours fill up fast, so make that a priority. As the other reviewers have said, the house gives you such a great view of the life of the young wife and mother before... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

This is an informative and interesting look into how the future 1st lady lived in late 18th century Philadelphia. While there, you learn about Dolley Tood and her 1st husband, a lawyer who died during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. You then learn about how she met James Madison, who was to become the 4th President of the United States.... More

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Seattle, WA
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19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

It was interesting to view this house and learn of Dolley Madison's first husband and her early life. We later visited James Madison's home at Montpelier. It was fascinating to see how Dolley's life changed after becoming first lady. Free tickts are available at the Independence Visitor Center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We reserved tickets for the final tour on a Monday *(3PM). Got there and waited outside the property as directed. Ranger came out 5 minutes prior to the tour and it turns out it was only my wife, daughter and myself. As a result we got the "super" tour of the Todd house and Bishop White house. My daughter is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

The Todd house combined with the Bishop White house tour next door is really excellent-very informative and interesting. Bishop White was an inspiring man.

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Chicago, IL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2010

Brought 8 teenagers from Chicago to this attraction a few weeks ago. They loved the tour with the ranger and learned so much from this experience. Personally, I love to see how people lived back in the old days rather than look at artifacts behind glass.This is a great way to experience the history of a middle class and rich... More

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