×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Philadelphia Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places
     

Philadelphia Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places

by Karen Ivory
 
You've seen the Liberty Bell, tasted a Philly cheesesteak, and toured Independence Hall. Ready to wrap up your visit? Don't even think about it! Philadelphia has so much more to offer. Get into the heart of things with Globe Pequot's Off the Beaten Path series. Devoted to travelers with a taste for the unique, this easy-to-use guide will help you discover the hidden

Overview

You've seen the Liberty Bell, tasted a Philly cheesesteak, and toured Independence Hall. Ready to wrap up your visit? Don't even think about it! Philadelphia has so much more to offer. Get into the heart of things with Globe Pequot's Off the Beaten Path series. Devoted to travelers with a taste for the unique, this easy-to-use guide will help you discover the hidden places in the City of Brotherly Love that most tourists miss -- unsung, unspoiled, and out-of-the-way finds that liven up a week's vacation, a day trip, or an afternoon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762726981
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Off the Beaten Path Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.52(d)

Read an Excerpt

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews