Philadelphia Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places

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In a city this big, there are lots of hidden nooks that hold wonderful, uniquely Philadelphian treasures. By all means, visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall -- the historic district can still inspire even the most jaded Philadelphian. But this guide will also help you uncover houses that still have bullet holes and bloodstains from the Revolutionary War; churches where the graveyards out back hold statuary worthy of a museum; and an abandoned prison that's become a venue for the arts. It's these odds and ...

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Overview

In a city this big, there are lots of hidden nooks that hold wonderful, uniquely Philadelphian treasures. By all means, visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall -- the historic district can still inspire even the most jaded Philadelphian. But this guide will also help you uncover houses that still have bullet holes and bloodstains from the Revolutionary War; churches where the graveyards out back hold statuary worthy of a museum; and an abandoned prison that's become a venue for the arts. It's these odds and ends that this book explores, along with worthy restaurants, shops, collections, and gardens often missed by those who stick to the trail well trod.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762726981
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Off the Beaten Path Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

A former broadcast journalist in Philadelphia and New York, author Karen Ivory is a freelance writer happily based in the City of Brotherly Love.

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Continuing south you come to the fascinating yet long-winded Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire (212 S. 4th Street). This is the oldest fire insurance company in America, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1752. Since the beginning, the company used the "hand-in-hand" symbol you see on the building's exterior. This firemark turns up on numerous buildings throughout historic Philadelphia. In the early days, a firemark was a sign to firefighters that a building was insured, meaning they would be paid for putting out the flames. Stories abound that there were instances when firemen arrived at a burning home and left if they didn't see a firemark. Inside, you can see displays of old fire-fighting equipment and insurance policies. Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Admission is free. (215) 627-1752. www.contributionship.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Center City East 1
Center City West 33
South Street and South Philadelphia 63
Ben Franklin Parkway, Fairmount, and Fairmount Park 83
The Northwest 107
Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia, and the Northeast 139
West Philadelphia 161
Appendix Annual Events 179
Indexes 185
General Index 185
Restaurants 190
Lodgings 192
About the Author 192
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