Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is a 90-minute candlelight walking tour through Society Park, giving a haunted history of Philadelphia. Stops along the route include Independence Hall, Washington Square and St. Peter’s Church Cemetery. The old historic city holds a wealth of stories dating back in its historic past, with many areas thought to be haunted. Stops do not include entry into buildings so don’t expect any ‘ghostly encounters’.
500 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA
Tours depart from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut Street. Tours conclude at 2nd and Walnut Street.
Nightly 7:30 PM (March –October)
Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM – (November)
Visitors should arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.
Adults $17.00 with reduced rates for children
$2 savings for advance ticket purchase
Independence National Historical Park is a 54-acre ‘L’ shaped park extending from 2nd street to 6th street between Walnut Street and Arch Street. The visitor center is open daily with maps and information. Twenty buildings within the park had an important role in founding the nation during the Colonial Period. This includes Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted. Liberty Bell Center has the venerable Liberty Bell for public viewing at 526 Market Street within the historical park.
Washington Square is a 6.4-acre historic park in the northeastern corner on 6th and Walnut Street. It was first used to graze animals and a burial ground for the city’s African American community. It was also used as a burial ground for Colonial Army citizens and troops from the Revolutionary War. After the war victims of Philadelphia’s yellow fever epidemic were interred in the square.
St. Peter’s Church is a historic Episcopal church on the corner of 3rd and Pine Street in downtown Philadelphia. It was a place of worship for many of the Continental Congress Founding Fathers including George Washington. Its first service was on September 4, 1761, and still an active parish with Sunday morning services.
St. Peter’s Church Cemetery at 4th and Pine Street interred the German Catholics of the neighborhood starting in 1843. It was used for burial of many notable government officials and eight American Indian tribal chiefs. The chiefs died from Yellow Fever in 1793 while visiting Philadelphia meeting with President George Washington.
Many of the visited sites were burial grounds, which seem to promote the possibility of ghosts. St. Peter’s Church Cemetery is known for ghosts including "a horse-drawn carriage in the cemetery, the vision of a Native Americans pacing through the grounds, and an African American dressed in colonial garb."
Philadelphia is a 5-1/4 hour drive of 340 miles from Rochester NY. First drive east on I-90 Thruway to Syracuse, then US 81 south past the New York border into Pennsylvania. Continue to Scranton then US 476 into Philadelphia.
Here is a visitor’s impression of Ghost Tour of Philadelphia.
“We loved this tour. Was a really great learning experience for the kids.”