Philadelphia Off the Beaten Path

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Tired of the same old tourist traps? Take the road less traveled and uncover the hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales other guidebooks just don’t offer. Off the Beaten Path® features the things you’d want to see—if only you knew about them! From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits, you’ll say over and over again: "I didn’t know that!”
Discover a different side of the City of Brotherly Love! Check out the contemporary art exhibits at the Wexler ...

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Overview

Tired of the same old tourist traps? Take the road less traveled and uncover the hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales other guidebooks just don’t offer. Off the Beaten Path® features the things you’d want to see—if only you knew about them! From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits, you’ll say over and over again: "I didn’t know that!”
Discover a different side of the City of Brotherly Love! Check out the contemporary art exhibits at the Wexler Gallery, tour Fairmount Park’s historic mansions, or enjoy live calypso music and great island food at the Jamaican Jerk Hut. So if you’ve "been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762742103
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Off the Beaten Path Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,365,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (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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Philadelphia Off the Beaten Path, 3rd
By Karen Ivory Globe Pequot Press

Copyright © 2007 Karen Ivory
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780762742103


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     vii
Historic District and Old City     1
Center City     35
South Street and South Philadelphia     65
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Fairmount, and Fairmount Park     87
North Philadelphia and the Northeast     111
The Northwest     135
West Philadelphia     167
Annual Events     187
Indexes     193
General Index     193
Restaurants     200
Lodging     201
About the Author     203
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