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.
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.