Visit one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Philly.

Spruce Street Harbor Park in Society Hill

Depending on where you're staying, Society Hill may be an easy stroll away, or you can hop aboard a westbound SEPTA bus or take a cab if it's raining. No area of Philadelphia is too big to traverse on foot, but there are other options. Horse-drawn carriage rides are popular in this part of town, and the PHLASH visitor's bus is a cheap and easy way to see the major sites. A stock trading company, The Free Society of Traders, which was associated with Pennsylvania founder William Penn, established Society Hill in the 1680s. Many members of the fledgling federal government lived in this now-restored neighborhood when the city served as the nation's capital.

Explore the neighborhood at your leisure, taking in the architecture and discovering the neighborhood's hidden alleys and winding walkways. The Society Hill boundaries are generally defined as between Second Street and Washington Square Park on Fifth Street. Walnut Street marks the northern perimeter, and Lombard Street is the southernmost boundary. Buildings open to the public include the Powel House and the Hill-Physick House (commonly known as the Physick House).

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