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Experience hosted by Reid

3 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

With over a 300 year history, from the Revolutionary War to its revitalization in the past 50 years, come experience Philadelphia with me. This is an historic events tour with an architectural twist.

Every building has a story to tell, from the materials, technology, and styles favored when it was constructed, to the people who designed, built, lived and worked there. Events of historic proportion take place in and around buildings as well. Come with me on this journey to discover all the secrets each building on our tour is waiting to tell us.

We will be walking through Old City and Society Hill, visiting the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the United States, and seeing the same buildings the Founding Fathers worked and worshiped in. Whether your interest is architecture, American History, visiting the places where Ben Franklin and George Washington lived and worked, or humming a tune from the Hamilton play as we experience Philadelphia as the Capitol of the United States, this tour is for you!
Other things to note
Bring cameras as there is much to photograph. Snacks that you like are good to have, or there are plenty of stores along the way. A hat and comfortable shoes are also a good idea to wear.
With over a 300 year history, from the Revolutionary War to its revitalization in the past 50 years, come experience Philadelphia with me. This is an historic events tour with an architectural twist.

Every building has a story to tell, from the materials, technology, and styles favored when it was constructed, to the people who designed, built, lived and worked there. Events of historic proportion take place in and around buildings as…

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This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Meet your host, Reid

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I am a Registered Architect who has lived in the City of Philadelphia since 1978. After taking a walking tour with famed City Planner Ed Bacon, I was inspired to give similar experiences of the city.
Currently residing in the Old City area of Philadelphia, I would love to introduce you to the only World Heritage City in the U.S.
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Where you'll be

Starting on Elfreth's Alley, we will visit Christ Church, Franklin Court, Carpenter's Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, Independence Hall, The Curtis Center Tiffany mural, Washington Square, the Hill Physick House, Society Hill towers, the Merchant's Exchange Building, the First Bank of the United States, and many more places.
Mitchell
April 2021
Reid is incredibly knowledgeable about Philadelphia, it’s rich history, and the individuals that contributed the growth and development of Philly. He adds in his own personal touches through storytelling, his experience, and jokes.
Katie
January 2021
This tour was excellent! We enjoyed all of the historical context and attention to detail that you would miss if you were generally touring the city. Reid was very knowledgeable and super fun!
Olga
January 2021
I lucked out with a private tour of historic Philadelphia! Reid has done a great job if combining his interest and knowledge with stories and complementary materials (maps and infographics) to make three hours fly by. He was attentive to needs too, like a bathroom (not easy in pandemic times!), warm drink, picking warmer or quieter spots for better hearing. This tour whetted my appetite for spending more time in Philadelphia.
I lucked out with a private tour of historic Philadelphia! Reid has done a great job if combining his interest and knowledge with stories and complementary materials (maps and inf…
Sarah
November 2020
Thanks for a super thorough tour! The tour mostly focuses on historical context of Philly’s older architecture, which Reid was super knowledgeable about. Would definitely recommend for history buffs and those looking to learn about history unique a to Philadelphia!
Thanks for a super thorough tour! The tour mostly focuses on historical context of Philly’s older architecture, which Reid was super knowledgeable about. Would definitely recommend…
Matthew Thomas
November 2020
I was in Philly visiting graduate schools to study architecture. I was on a very tight schedule so when I saw this tour to see the city from the sidewalks I jumped. Reid was very knowledgeable and quite enthusiastic. He was accommodating to the other guests as some people had to leave half way through. But even after that and taking the tour solo it was still a very interesting time! Will take more tours from Reid next time I'm in Philly.
I was in Philly visiting graduate schools to study architecture. I was on a very tight schedule so when I saw this tour to see the city from the sidewalks I jumped. Reid was very k…
Jason
November 2020
Our tour with Reid was awesome! He was knowledgeable on the history and architecture of Philadelphia! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants a more in-depth experience with the historical sites around Philadelphia

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes

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