William Penn's Holy Experiment: Vision and Reality

Tour Number

Activity Level



Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: No. The tour is suitable for mature teenagers accompanying parents. However, this tour is not intended for student groups.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

The United States has a complicated history in regards to the tolerance of religious diversity. On one hand, religious liberty and non-establishment are enshrined in the constitution. On the other hand, religious minorities have frequently been viewed with suspicion, and sometimes targeted by violence. From its founding, Penn's colony was known for its wild religious diversity. Catholics, Jews, Quakers and other minorities found refuge here. While colonies like Massachusetts and Virginia required residents to adhere to only one religion, Pennsylvania permitted liberty of conscience. This tour will discuss Penn's vision for toleration and the extent to which it became a lived reality. This walking tour will include visits to several historic churches and synagogues in Philadelphia's Old City, including the site of the anti-Catholic riots of 1844. An optional visit to the U. S. Constitution Center can also be included.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your hotel or another location in central Philadephia

End location: Your hotel or another location in central Philadephia

Duration: 3 hours


Walking tour.

What’s Included

Depending on timing and seasonal availability, we may be able to enter some of the religious sites.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

8 Dollars - You are invited, but not required, to give a couple of dollars as donation at the various sites we visit. Many of them operate with donations.


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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