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“Interesting exhibits” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carpenters' Hall

Carpenters' Hall
320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215/925-0167
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Ranked #68 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: Built in 1770 and used by a variety of political groups, Carpenter Hall was used as a hospital and arsenal during the Revolutionary War.
Rochester, NY
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“Interesting exhibits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Early wooden truss construction building. A free walk thru with interesting carpentry exhibits.

Visited April 2012
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“Home of the First Continental Congress -- Just A Quick Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

Carpenters' Hall is a treasure in historic Philadelphia. It hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States.

Its main claim to fame is that it was home to the First Continental Congress; the Second Continential Congress met at Independence Hall. Because the First Continential Congress was meeting in secret, this building was chosen since it was tucked away off the street (still is -- most people walk by it and don't even know that it is there). The Hall has been continuously owned and operated by The Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the oldest trade guild in America, since 1770. Today it is also part of Independence National Historical Park.

Although there is not a lot to see here, it is worth a visit for history buffs. Not very crowded, just one large room. Although the reviewers were correct that there is not a lot to do or see here, it was nice to view something historic but not fight crowds. Also, it had the nicest (friendliest and knowledgable) guides / park service rangers and gift shop of any of the locations around Independence Hall.

Very good place to absorb the atmosphere of the time without crowds of people and photo flashes.

Visited September 2011
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“A Historical Old Building, Nothing More”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

Carpenters Hall is significant because it was home to the First and Second Banks of the United States, The American Philosophical Society, and Franklin's Library Company. My thoughts on Carpenters Hall is that it is a beautiful historic building, but you can only tour the downstairs which is pretty much one big room (the gift shop takes up a quarter of the space). This room has a terribly boring display of chairs that were used for the First continental Congress (the one chair Ben Franklin may or may not have sat on), a model of Carpenters Hall, some pictures of a float of the Grand Federal Edifice, and a copy of a painting of George Washington (original hangs in the Library of Congress). If you choose to visit, it will only take you 20 minutes to see everything, It's free, and close to the Independence Visitors Center. Honestly it was nothing special, don't go out of your way, your not missing anything.

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“wheres the beef?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2005

not hardly anything to see or do here. get ready for a let-down. in and out-but sometimes that happens. good luck!

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