Colony to Capitol Tour

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City, First Time Visitor


Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for mature teenagers.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

This tour covers the history Philadelphia from the mid seventeenth century up to the time period when the city was the capitol of the United States during the 1790s. The persecuted Quaker William Penn arrived in 1682 and founded a colony dedicated to religious, economic, and political freedom. The city of Philadelphia grew rapidly during the 1700s and by the eve of the American Revolution, it was the largest English-speaking city in the world outside of London. This tour will give visitors an overview of the key sites and figures during the colonial, revolutionary, and early national periods. We will walk the same streets and visit some of the same buildings frequented by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, and Richard Allen.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: In front of City Tavern at 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

End location: We can end the tour virtually anywhere in the Old City area.

Duration: 3 hours

The tour can also be two hours in duration. The fee is $120 per hour.


This is a walking tour.

What’s Included

We will be able to visit the inside of a handful of buildings depending on seasonal and weather conditions. We will have a walking conversation so feel free to ask as many questions as you wish.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

8 Dollars - If we choose to visit the Powell House, there is an $8 entrance fee.

What’s Extra

There is an optional visit to the Powell House, a late-eighteenth century mansion with some fascinating things to see. The entrance fee is $8 cash per person upon entrance to the house.


I can only offer driving tours if you provide the vehicle and a driver. I prefer not to give tours to student groups under the age of 18. College students and older are okay.

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