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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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A Look at 18th Century house part 1

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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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 21, 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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: 401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215 597 8974
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East

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