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Carpenters' Hall

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: 320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2708
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+1 215-925-0167
10:00 - 16:00
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Built in 1770 and used by a variety of political groups, Carpenter Hall was...

Built in 1770 and used by a variety of political groups, Carpenter Hall was used as a hospital and arsenal during the Revolutionary War.

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A good example of colonial architecture, Carpenter's Hall hosted the Continental Congress and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin supposed had a office here... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good example of colonial architecture, Carpenter's Hall hosted the Continental Congress and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin supposed had a office here. The exhibits are simplest informative. Apparently the building is still in quarterly use, sometimes as a courtroom.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very important building in the Independence Movement. A nice hall but very little there, just a few information panels. The building is still in use quarterly.

Thank Elizabeth M
Mason City, NE
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a delightful half hour in this building, sometimes used as a courtroom. Well worth the effort!

Thank John L
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Carpenters' hall is fascinating. There were the carpenters that built Philadelphia. The hall was used by many early American groups - the First Continental Congress, the Library Company of Philadelphia (Ben franklin had an office here) A lot of revolutionary era activity took place here. The museum is simple and very attractive. This is a piece of US history.

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

A visit to the hall can tell how important the trade was at a point in history. The imagination, the training and the innovation that involved the building trade is amazing.

Thank Gopinath P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

On a stroll through historic Philadelphia I came across Carpenters’ Hall at 320 Chestnut St. and was curious to find out whether Carpenters’ Hall really catered to a trade by this name and, if so, where that name originated. I discovered that, like a cat, Carpenters’ Hall has had many lives since it opened in this lovely 2-story Georgian building... More 

Thank Elisabeth B
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

This is one of those places that doesn't get enough credit. While a great many important things happened in Independence Hall, Carpenter's Hall is where it all started. Talk of treason at night will all of the shutters bard. Make a quick stop here to help soak in the history of Revolution.

Thank jediknight101
New Jersey
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

I visited Carpenters' Hall in February 2017. It is an elegant building. Inside are a lot of items from the First Continental Congress, as well as many other things of historical significance. Carpenters' Hall is one of many historical sights that can be covered in a one-day self-guided walking tour of historical Philadelphia.

Thank blairkk25
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

find out lots in what started the trade and lots more see the furniture and more in this all great 1776 union hall of days gone by by

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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

The meeting spot of the First Continental Congress. Would have liked to have seen more history regarding the people involved as well as the place itself. No strollers are allowed.

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