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“Built in 1775”
Review of Todd House

Todd House
Ranked #174 of 462 things to do in Philadelphia
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Reviewed 21 August 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 Todd House reflects the lifestyle of 18th century Philadelphia's middle class. It is open by tour only. Free tickets are available on the day of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center. Tours are limited to 10 people, and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first served basis.

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Reviewed 8 September 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 of the 1790s.

This was the home of John & Dolley Todd and their two sons Payne and William. John was a lawyer and one of the rooms on the ground floor is set up as his office. The dining room and kitchen are also on the main floor.

The second floor consists of two smaller bedrooms as well as the much larger master bedroom, which has been fully dressed as it might have been when the Todds lived here.

Disaster struck in 1793, just 3 years into their marriage, when John and 3-month-old William died from the yellow fever epidemic. Dolley was left a widow at age 25. The next year, in this very house, she received a formal introduction to 43-year-old James Madison, the man who would become her husband and eventually the 4th President of the US.

The staircases are very narrow, steep and curving. If mobility is an issue this may not be the tour for you.

The ranger was quite knowledgeable and informative and happily answered whatever questions we had.

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Reviewed 16 May 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 been transformed back to. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of this house and the White house. The Parks department certainly has some great guides.

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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Took the tour. Disappointed to find out that it was completely rebuilt to look like it used to

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Reviewed 25 January 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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