Philadelphia Off the Beaten Path

Philadelphia Off the Beaten Path

by Karen Ivory
     
 

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There's more to the City of Brotherly Love than the Liberty Bell and cheesesteaks! Discover the hidden Philadelphia with this in-depth guide to some of the best spots in the city, from the Please Touch Museum (paradise for kids!) to Historic Bartram's Garden, the country's oldest botanical garden, hidden away in southwest Philly.

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There's more to the City of Brotherly Love than the Liberty Bell and cheesesteaks! Discover the hidden Philadelphia with this in-depth guide to some of the best spots in the city, from the Please Touch Museum (paradise for kids!) to Historic Bartram's Garden, the country's oldest botanical garden, hidden away in southwest Philly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762742103
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Off the Beaten Path Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
729,738
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Philadelphia Off the Beaten Path, 3rd


By Karen Ivory Globe Pequot Press

Copyright © 2007 Karen Ivory
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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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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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