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"The City of Brotherly Love"
Chamber of Commerce.
Philadelphia is the site of the first capital of the United States. The Quakers came here in 1681 to settle. In the beginning they lived in caves carved out along the Delaware River. Over 80 homes were quickly built. William Penn called it his "greene countrie towne". The Quakers were hard-working and industrious and this paid off as the town prospered. Many important "firsts" happened in Philadelphia: first American hospital, first medical college, first bank, first paper mill, zoo, sugar refinery, US Mint and more. One of the prominant first citizens was Benjamin Franklin.
The first and second continental congress convened here in Philadelphia. The citizens were loyal to their new country and made Philadelphia the headquarters of the American Revolution. Philadelphia was the national capital until 1800 except for a brief time when New York City was the capital. Philadelphia is rich in historical sites.
In 1800, the largest USA city was Philadelphia. The top five were Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Boston and Charleston, South Carolina. Philadelphia continued that distinction until 1830.
The motto, The City of Brotherly Love, came from William Penn, the English Quaker, who envisioned the area as a place where anyone of any color or background could live together in peace and harmony, thus, the motto about brotherly love.
Community Information Center
3107 Kensington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134-2420
3400 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104-1139
National Historic Park
313 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 597-8974 visitor information
(215) 597-1785 (TTY)
(215) 597-8787 administrative offices
This is where the United States Began. Take a tour through the chambers where delegates approved the Declaration of Independence and drafted the U.S. Constitution.
The Liberty Bell
Between 5th and 6th Streets on Market Street in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
P.O. Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646
Philadelphia Civic Ballet
2111 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4406
Philadelphia Orchestra Association
1420 Locust St Fl 4
Philadelphia, PA 19102-4223
For area Professional Sports Teams, go to our Philadelphia Organizations, Churches and Sports
Japanese House & Garden
call (215) 878-5097
or write to:
Friends of the Japanese House and Garden
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 N. 20th Street
You can play astronaut at the "Space Command" exhibit or take an interplanetary ride at the Fels Planetarium.
Covered bridges of the Philadelphia area.
The Mütter Museum
19 South 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
First created in 1858 for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia students, the museum now houses 20,000 medical anomalies, including a cast of Siamese twins, Chang and Eng.