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 are limited and advanced ticket purchase is required. A portion of proceeds benefits PhilaLandmarks. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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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.
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.
Step inside one of the top 10 most haunted houses in Pennsylvania for an evening of mystery, exploration, and discovery...in a place lost in time! At least five spirits have taken up residence during the storied history of Brinton Lodge, a 300-year-old mansion that was once an opulent summer house and a Jazz Age gentleman's club. Identified in the 1970s by a famous psychic-medium, these otherworldly visitors continue to lurk in the passageways and rooms of this extraordinary mansion. Private paranormal investigations are also available. Learn more >
March - November
Push aside the cobwebs of haunted Philadelphia and step inside a historic 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 reported to be haunted, with strange and unexplainable experiences occurring for over 70 years. The 75-90 minute tour includes the use of EMF meters (electromagnetic field meters) for the curious ghost hunter.
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 go on sale in September.
Ring in the New Year in a most unusual way with a candlelight Ghost Tour of a haunted 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.
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.
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.