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  • Address: 20 N American Street
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 1-5pm

Known as “America’s Church,” this 1744 city landmark was the first Protestant Episcopal congregation, the post-Revolution version of a Royalist, Anglican church founded in 1695. Early parishioners included George Washington and Betsy Ross, and its cemetery hosts the remains of several signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, including Benjamin Franklin.


One of the most-visited sites in Philadelphia, the church is chock full of historic objects, including communion silver commissioned by England’s Queen Anne and mahogany cabinetry by some of the city’s most renowned woodworkers. Topped by a 200-foot-tall steeple, it was once the tallest building in America.

Practical Info

Located at Arch Street between 4th and 5th Streets, the burial ground is closed in January and February, but guided tours are available (weather permitting) in December from 12-4 p.m. by advanced reservation (215-922-1695; $3 for adults, $1 for children). Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

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Explore Philadelphia on this hop-on hop-off tour! Visit 27 top Philadelphia attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House ...  Read more

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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

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Experience the best of US history with a modern twist on this tour of Philadelphia. See where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, take ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

Gain insight into America’s colonial history on this small-group walking tour of Philadelphia, founded in the 17th century by William Penn as a haven for ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Benjamin Franklin Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Get an in-depth look at an important facet of American history on this Benjamin Franklin walking tour of Philadelphia. Known by most for the famous kite-flying ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Philadelphia Cemetery and Urban History Tour

Brace yourself for macabre tales of Philadelphia's past on this spellbinding walking tour. See sights including the Christ Church Burial Ground, the Betsy Ross ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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