Last week, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides hosted a 12-hour tour of Philadelphia’s historical sites. “Great,” you say. “More tourists.” But even Philly residents can take some pride in the visible history around them — while avoiding the out-of-towners. Do you have a favorite historic site?
Last week, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides hosted a day-long tour of Philadelphia’s historical sites for the third year running.
The “River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine, Great 12-Hour Tour” started Saturday morning at 8 and ran in four three-hour phases, encompassing about 100 cultural and historic sites in Old City, Society Hill, Washington Square, Market Street, the Gayborhood, the Avenue of the Arts, Center City, JFK Plaza, Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the Art Museum district.
That’s a small slice of Philadelphia, but it’s a lot of history.
You might say: “Oh, phooey! That stuff is for tourists!”
But I still get a charge every time I walk past Independence Hall or Christ Church or Benjamin Franklin’s grave. Those cobblestone streets in Old City are murder on my tires, but I love that ru-ru-ru-ru-ru-ru-rumble.
Even Philly residents can take some pride in the significant historic sites around them — while avoiding the throngs of camera-carrying out-of-towners. Do you have a favorite historic site?