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“Hidden in Plain Sight”
Review of Carpenters' Hall

Carpenters' Hall
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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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
380 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 841 helpful votes
“Hidden in Plain Sight”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Hidden in plain sight, nestled in a cluster of more prominent historic buildings on & around Chestnut Street, Carpenters' Hall is worth a stop on any tour of old Philadelphia - especially for history buffs interested in events leading up to those better known that took place at nearby Independence Hall. Here, for example, the first Continental Congress met & Benjamin Franklin met with a French spy, who carried a message of support for the revolution from Louis XVI.

Although artifacts are relatively sparse, the cruciform building is unique & displays enable the visitor to acquire a sense of the importance of the role played in the early days of Pennsylvania & the US by the carpenters' guild. A gift counter offers some worthwhile souvenirs.

Visited January 2013
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St. Louis, Missouri
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188 reviews
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“Not Much to See”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

It is more of a tourist trap shop than anything. There are no real exhibits. The interior is not original. They will not let you see the archives. You get to see some chairs that were original. You can sit in a copy and if you have good vision they will expain how the hall was constructed. But they offer little on the meetings that lead to our nation's independence. But it is somewhere to go and kill time while waiting for the Indepedence Hall tour.

Visited June 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3,389 reviews
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“Awesome place--not to be missed!”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

This place is historically significant, and the staff is very informative. This is where the 1st Continental Congress met as far back as 1724!

Visited June 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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141 reviews
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“Gorgeous carpets...an example of the finest Orierntal work. Building lovely, historic”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

is a fine example of early Philadelphian architecture

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Clackmannan
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“Excellent visit”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

Good visit to this well kept historic site. Guide was very informative and helpful, nice displays etc,

Visited April 2012
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