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“Just a few yards away from Bishop White house, it´s worth a visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Powel House
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US$70.00*
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Old City Historic Tour
Ranked #154 of 433 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: 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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“Just a few yards away from Bishop White house, it´s worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

Out of the tourist circle this gem is one of the most interesting historical buildings I visited in Philadelphia. Probably because the restoration has been made so well that you don´t feel it´s restored, in fact you can see the expected imperfections as probably did the owners at that time.

You have to pay a $10 donation that is worth and you have two tours a day. The volunteer who usually shows the house lives there and takes care of everything. They also rent the space (part of it) for weddings and events. You can find objects, artifacts, paintings and also a very nice silhouette of G Washington made from his own shadow on the wall. The ballroom had at that time panoramic views over the river and the harbor that unfortunately are gone. The house is located just a few yards away from the Bishop White house and it was the ranger who aware us of this one because otherwise there is no much information to get there.

I don´t know if you can take pictures of the inside or not as I didn´t try because I was very busy enjoying the volunteer explanations. Definitely a must.

Visited September 2012
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“Great gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

If you love small intimate museums, then this is for you. It is docent-led tour of the house and she was very passionate and knowledgeable. You learn a lot about the period and the history of the house. It is amazing the wealth they had for the period. The house is absolutely huge for the period. They have done a great job on the restoration. A great gem!

Visited April 2012
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“Wow! It's so BIG!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2002

I was amazed at not only how beautiful the house is on the inside, but how much bigger it it is, compared to what it seems from the outside.

The tours are personable and fun!

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