Special Events

 

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- The Ghosts of the Mansion Tour runs in the spring, summer, and fall

- The Ghost Tour of the Haunted USS Olympia runs in the fall

- The Valentine's Ghost Tour runs in February

- The New Year's Eve Ghost Tour runs in December

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Ghosts of the Mansion Tour

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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 75-90 minute tour includes the use of EMF meters (electromagnetic field meters) for the curious ghost hunter.

 

Tickets

$22 per person (ages 13 & up only)

Tickets are limited and advanced ticket purchase is required

Book now or call 215-413-1997

A portion of proceeds benefits PhilaLandmarks.

Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Schedule

Tours begin at 8:00 pm. Additional tour times are added as needed. Check available tour times >

 

Friday, October 20, 2017 - includes Physick House

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - includes Physick House

Friday, October 27, 2017 - includes Powel House

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - includes Powel House

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - includes Powel House

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - includes Physick House

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - includes Powel House

 

Private tours are available year-round. If you are interested in arranging a private tour, please call 215-413-1997 or email us.

 

Location

Tours depart from Signers' Garden at 5th and Chestnut Sts.

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About the Powel House

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.

 

About the Physick House

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 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.

Ghost Tour of the Haunted USS Olympia

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Join us for a unique and memorable evening aboard the haunted battleship Olympia! From the time of the ship's commission in 1895, sailors said it was “hoodooed,” and over 100 years later, ghost hunters (such as Sci-Fi’s Ghost Hunters and the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures) are still drawn to her haunting legacy. Inside the hulking exterior, you’ll discover a beautiful, labyrinthine interior filled with reports of disappearing apparitions, ghostly voices, and other unexplained paranormal activity. The Ghost Tour will lead you through the creepy nooks and crannies of three decks, including the captain’s cabins, the galley, the sick bay, and the spot where the ship’s most famous ghost, “Gunner” Johnson, appears.

 

Tickets

$19 per person (ages 12 & up only)

Tickets are limited and advanced ticket purchase is required

Book now or call 215-413-1997

A portion of proceeds benefits Independence Seaport Museum.

Please note: Guests must be able to climb steep stairs. Historic ships are not wheelchair accessible. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Schedule

Tours begin at 8:00 pm. Additional tour times are added as needed. Check available tour times >

 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

 

 If you are interested in arranging a private tour, please call 215-413-1997 or email us. Private tours are available year-round.

 

Location

Penn's Landing on the Delaware River waterfront, at S. Columbus Blvd and Spruce St. (next to Spruce St. Harbor Park) GPS Address: 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Tours last 75-90 minutes.

 

About the Olympia

The Olympia, launched in 1892, is the world's oldest floating steel warship and the sole surviving naval ship of the Spanish-American War. From her very first voyage in 1895, the Olympia gained a reputation for Hoodoo, which was variously interpreted as being haunted or unlucky. At least 20 deaths, by accident, murder, or sickness, have occurred on the ship over the course of her history. To this day, disembodied voices echo along her narrow passageways, apparitions appear and disappear, and even a poltergeist or two may have stowed away aboard the vessel. It is now a maritime museum at the Independence Seaport Museum.

Valentine's Ghost Tour: Love Never Dies™

Love is one of the classic ingredients of a good ghost story, and like ghosts and their many manifestations, love can take many forms, from romance and passion, to heartbreak and loss, to betrayal and revenge. Explore the hidden tales from Philly's lovelorn past, and discover haunting love stories and the ghosts they left behind! Tickets go on sale in January.

 

New Year's Eve Ghost Tour™

Ring in the New Year in a most unusual way with a candlelight Ghost Tour of a Society Hill mansion. Discover the enchantment of a bygone era with ghostly tales of merriment, mystery, and resolutions gone awry! Tickets go on sale in November.

 

Old City Ghost Tour™

A candlelight ghost walk of Philly's famous historic haunts, including Christ Church Cemetery, Ben Franklin's Grave, Betsy Ross House, and more. Coming soon.

 

 

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