A ghostly visitor, an ethereal woman, a dark figure...why do these spirits haunt the Physick House, home of the "father of American surgery"?
Whose restless spirits haunt the Strangers' Burial Ground, better known today as Washington Square?
Do the ghosts of Peggy Shippen, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Eliza Powel still roam the elegant rooms of the Powel House, home of Philly's "Patriot Mayor"?
Push aside the cobwebs of haunted Philadelphia and step inside a haunted Society Hill mansion for ghostly tales of mystery and intrigue! This special Ghost Tour begins outside, with visits to the Strangers Burial Ground and other haunted hotspots, and ends with an indoor tour of either the Powel House or the Physick House, colonial-era mansions in Society Hill. Both sites are said to be haunted, with strange and unexplainable experiences reported for over 70 years. The tour includes the use of EMF meters (electromagnetic field meters) for the curious ghost hunter.
Tours depart from Signers' Garden at 5th & Chestnut Streets
Tours last 75-90 minutes and end at either the Powel House (3rd and Walnut Sts) or the Physick House (4th and Pine Sts), depending on tour schedule.
$22 per person (ages 13 & up only)
Tickets are limited and advanced ticket purchase is required
Call 215-413-1997 or purchase tickets now >
When you purchase tickets online or over the phone, your name will automatically be added to the tour reservation list. Just show up to Signers Garden with ID, and the tour guide will check you in. A portion of proceeds benefits PhilaLandmarks.
Samuel Powel served as Philadelphia’s last mayor under British rule and its first mayor under the new United States republic. Mr. and Mrs. Powel established a reputation for lavish parties and counted among their guests George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, Benedict Arnold, and Peggy Shippen. Ghostly sightings and paranormal experiences are frequent at their 1765 mansion. It is believed to be haunted by at least three female spirits, and ghostly echoes from the Powels’ time period are often heard.
The Ghosts of the Mansion Tour schedule is posted month-to-month. Click on a date below to purchase tickets.
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 8:00 pm - includes Powel House
Friday, October 2, 2015, 8:00 pm - includes Physick House
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 pm - includes Physick House
Friday, October 9, 2015, 8:00 pm - includes Physick House
Friday, October 30, 2015, 8:00 pm - includes Physick House
Saturday, October 31, 2015, 8:00 pm - includes Powel House
Additional tour times will be added as needed. Please call 215-413-1997 if tickets are unavailable online or to inquire about a date not on the schedule.
Named after the “Father of American Surgery,“ Dr. Philip Syng Physick, the Physick House was built in 1786. Dr. Physick resided in the house from 1815, the year he and his wife, Elizabeth Emlen, separated, until his death in 1837. During that time, many patients came to the house to be seen by the esteemed surgeon. Dr. Physick’s legacy includes pioneering many surgery techniques and instruments, and remaining in Philadelphia to care for the sick during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. Several supernatural experiences have occurred at the estate. They have been attributed to at least two different ghosts.
Both sites are maintained by PhilaLandmarks. For over 70 years, PhilaLandmarks has played a significant role in the historic preservation movement in Philadelphia by restoring, furnishing and presenting to the public its distinguished house museums, including Powel House, Physick House, Grumblethorpe, and Waynesborough.