Powel House
Powel House
4.5
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Georgian mansion of well-to-do colonial Samuel Powel, who served as mayor of Philadelphia. Home also to the sinful dinners, as John Adams called it, the fabulous dinners and dances Powel hosted, inviting the founding fathers and foreign dignitaries.
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Address
Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 2nd St • 7 min walk
  • 5th St • 7 min walk
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KatherineP
Los Angeles, CA492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Fantastic tour by Linda. Well paced, knowledgable, answered all our questions, let us wander afterward and offered excellent area attraction recommendations.
Written 17 August 2023
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Senioronabudget
Kent, WA944 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This was one door down from our wonderful apartment. The house is well restored, and well furnished. Well worth a stop.
Written 29 October 2021
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Hank956
Brownsville, TX1,036 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Small but exceptional home.

Lots of events happened here.

precolonial and colonial.

The fore-fathers gathered and celebrated here.

The house also served several functions throughout history.

The house is also said to have a haunted history and did not experience anything this round.
Written 3 November 2019
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JerseyShoreGma
Asbury Park, NJ114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
This house has lots of history. The Powels were real political players in their time, and good friends with George & Martha. Much of the interesting history was how the house was saved from demolition and restored. It isn't open every day, so make sure to call and check on the hours. Definitely worth the couple blocks walk off the beaten trail to see it.
Written 29 April 2019
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD693 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I appreciate the house was saved - it almost wasn't. that said, there is not that much to see; basically 4 rooms and the center hall. The guide did a nice job but was a little flummoxed by questions that went beyond the script. Still, he had some interesting insights. There are a few anachronisms presented. It's enjoyable, but don't make it a destination: combine it with Physick and then plan something else for the rest of your day.
Written 8 July 2018
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DeePartyofSix
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
If you're in the Society Hill area (near the Physick House), be sure to book a tour of the mid-Georgian 18th-century mansion, Powel House. We were guided through the estate by Meghan, who has an amazing grasp on the history of the home, it's inhabitants and the social customs of the colonial era. The foyer archway was considered a "privacy entrance" - if the family chose to welcome you into their home, you would be invited into the main part of the home; if they considered you an acquaintance ... well, you'd be left standing in the foyer! The Powels were great entertainers, welcoming their contemporaries ... George and Martha Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, and other notable and distinguished revolutionaries. The significance of the house is predominantly the close relationship that Samuel and Eliza Powel maintained with George and Martha Washington. This isn't just hear-say, there's written correspondence between GW and Eliza Powell, that reflect an intimately friendly and trusted relationship. The connection between the two families is clearly evident by correspondence and the gifts given to the Powels from the Washingtons. There's quite a number of original artifacts: a few pieces of blue and white china that Martha bestowed to Eliza (part of the blue and white set displayed at Mt. Vernon) along with the Powell's floral pink china set; there's "pretzel-back" chairs in the dining room that GW so greatly admired, he had the design copied for Mt. Vernon; upon GW's death, he bequeathed his carriage to the Powel family (because the Powell House lacks adequate coverage and protection to house and maintain the carriage, Powel House "loans" the carriage to Mt. Vernon for their display. The unsung hero of the stories is Eliza Powel. She was an ardent supporter of the American Revolution, and talked strategy with the founding fathers for the war - more so than her husband. Samuel held a prestigious position in Philadelphia that favored him maintaining loyalist ties with the King and Parliament. Despite being a Shippen descendent (as in Anne Shippen-Willing was her mother and loyalist spy, Peggy was her cousin), Eliza Willing-Powel devoted herself to furthering the revolution and seeing that GW accepted the role as the first President of the newly independent colonies. Although Samuel Powel served as the appointed Mayor of Philadelphia, his "founding father" friends convinced him to sign "an oath of allegiance" to the colonies. Two weeks later, the British occupied the Powel House, moving Samuel and Eliza out of their bedroom into the head servants bedroom. Fortunately, the signed oath was never discovered by the British; had the document been presented, Samuel would have been tried and executed for treason to the British crown. There's a portrait of Eliza's great, great, great aristocratic British grandfather who signed the execution order for King George I; then King George II signed the grandfather's execution order. Meghan offers a wealth of information. Best not to miss a tour of this little gem. *** Book your tour ahead of time.
Written 16 June 2018
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RalphK328
Whippany, NJ248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We received a great tour from Meagan, one of the directors at the house. She clearly knew about the house and the history of the residents, and how they interacted with our nation's history. You will hear about the residents when visiting other historic sites in Old City. Would definitely recommend.
Written 11 June 2018
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Bklyn Mafzz
Brooklyn, NY113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
We visited this historic house on recommendation from our concierge, Doc, at the Hilton at Penn's Landing and happy we did. Powell house is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
We took the tour with the site manager, Jennifer, a very smart, knowledgeable and sweet person. She explained in great detail everything we could want to know about the house and the Powell family and easily answered all the questions we had. The tour does cost a few dollars, but the money goes to maintain this house and the other historic locations administered by the Philadelphia Society for thr Preservation of Landmarks. Well worth the money in our opinion. Powell House may not be as popular as other historic locations in town, but is equally as interesting and important.
Written 3 December 2017
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RhetorAbroad
Fort Worth, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
When you visit Philadelphia, be sure to go "beyond the bell," and visit important sites such as the Powel House. The Powels were well-connected and at the center of the circle of the Revolutionary Elite. A room of their house is preserved across town in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and another at New York's Metroplitan Museum, but here, at this site, you the house itself, preserved and restored. Jennifer and Ginger know so much about the history of the house and the Powels' connections to people such as George and Martha Washington.
Written 1 August 2017
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Mary H
Springfield, IL342 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
We visited the Powel House during a period that they were having some type of play during the evening. So the first thing we noticed was the rooms had non-period furniture that was hodge-podge through the rooms because of the play. That cuts down on the interest of the rooms. Our tour had two guides, one on the first floor the other on the second floor. The guide for the first floor was most informative. The one for the second floor was more interested in talking about herself. In spite of all this, it is a nice house and maybe at other times there is a better presentation.
Written 30 October 2016
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