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Powel House

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Address: 244 S. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
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+1 215-627-0364
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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Don't overlook this piece of history

The people who lived in this house in the 1700s were very important to the history of Philadephia. If you are interested in either local history or Colonial history, be sure to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 1, 2016
Eddie B
Lancaster, Ohio
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Springfield, IL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We visited the Powel House during a period that they were having some type of play during the evening. So the first thing we noticed was the rooms had non-period furniture that was hodge-podge through the rooms because of the play. That cuts down on the interest of the rooms. Our tour had two guides, one on the first floor... More 

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Lancaster, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

The people who lived in this house in the 1700s were very important to the history of Philadephia. If you are interested in either local history or Colonial history, be sure to stop here. It's furnished with some pieces that belonged to the original owners, which is great, and the architectural design is a great example from that time period.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

Tours are offered on the hour, but you can wait on a bench right next door in the shady courtyard, where you can hear a story from one of Old City's history tellers this summer. You'll find lots of connections to George Washington here, even a lock of his hair. Once used as a mattress factory and warehouse, this home... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

The Powel House was the home of Samuel and Elizabeth Powel, a prominent family in colonial Philadelphia. It's a guided tour, where several rooms on the first and second floor are visited. There are several works of art throughout, and the guides can tell you about them and who they are.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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