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Historic Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Wedding

16 Gorgeous Historic Wedding Venues Around Philadelphia

Saying “I do” in a beloved, time-honored spot is no problem at all here in Philly. There are countless historic wedding venues — not to […]

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Be Well Philly

Running Down Philly’s Historical Streets Helped Me Fall in Love With the City

I am not a runner. Runs are reserved for the rare days when I don’t make it to the gym, for moments when I feel […]

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City Life

How King of Prussia, Camden, and 23 Other Philly-Area Towns Got Their Names

Everybody knows that Pennsylvania is named for William Penn and Philadelphia is named for Philip the Great. (Wait, it’s not?) But how about Lionville? Honey Brook? […]

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City Life

Inside the Hunt for Artifacts Buried Under Philly’s Oldest Properties

You never know what you’re going to find in the privy. That’s what Melissa and Matt Dunphy discovered in 2016 after they bought the former […]

City Life

Being Ben and Betsy: The Double Lives of Philly’s Historical Interpreters

It’s mighty easy to get swept up in revolutionary fervor while walking the cobblestones by Independence Hall, especially once the tourist high season hits and […]

Things to Do

THEATRE REVIEW: In Making History, What Happened Vs. What’s Remembered

Brian Friel, who died in 2015, was for more than 40 years one of our most prolific playwrights; also one of our best. Yet, although […]


Farmhouse Friday: Living History in Fagleysville

Chances are, when you take a look at the photos of this modest but sturdy-looking stone home out where suburban Philadelphia fades into suburban Reading, […]

Things to Do

Pokémon Go Guided Tours Are Now a Thing in Philly

Mobile game Pokémon Go blew up when it was introduced last month, with an estimated 7.5 million downloads in the U.S. in just the first […]


Jawdropper of the Week: History Now in Society Hill

Our Founders, it turns out, were very forward-thinking people. At least that’s the impression we get after taking a look at the house James and […]

Things to Do

A 200-Foot-Long Dragon Walks into Franklin Square

If you’ve walked by Franklin Square in the past few days, you likely noticed the carousel horses have been getting some flashy company. This Friday […]


Will Philadelphia’s Historic Jewelers’ Row Last?

What are those qualities that give great cities their “strong sense of place” ? We recounted those here some months back, but the one that has our attention […]

The Scene

Historic Philadelphia Honors Ed Rendell, Gerry Lenfest and Karen Butler

Last Wednesday, Historic Philadelphia Inc honored Governor Ed Rendell, Gerry Lenfest, Karen Butler, the William Penn Foundation and PECO. The evening convened at the Historic Philadelphia Center […]