Hill-Physick-Keith House, Philadelphia

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  • Friends and I were walking around Society Hill one Saturday afternoon, as part of a day out in the city. I had walked past the Physick House many times and knew it was of historical importance and tha...  more »
  • The Colonial mansion of Dr. E. Physick is worth a visit to anyone who enjoys touring historic grand homes. Dr. Physick was the first medical surgeon of The United States, working in nearby Pennsylvani...  more »
  • I teach a college course in medical history so I was excited to visit the home of American's first surgeon. Despite the home being closed on the days I was in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Society fo...  more »
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  • Attractive stand-alone two-story house from the 18th century has period Furniture and a display of early medical surgery tools
  • Beautiful house dripping with history. Well off the beaten track but well worth seeking out for fans of American history, and in particular medical and surgical history. The guide was overflowing with interesting stories. The Physick House is a real undiscovered gem.
  • My favorite!!! Staff very knowledgeable with historic facts.
  • Because it was the holidays we weren't sure it would be open so we called. We were told no problem just call to let them know when we were coming and they would open the house for us. So we got there and were let in and had a tour for probably almost an hour. The original owner made his money importing madeira. Dr. Physick then bought the house and he was a most fascinating person. Why he isn't better known I don't know. He is apparently the father of modern American surgery. Some of the instruments he invented are still used today with only minor modifications. He, Ben Franklin and another person worked together on different inventions although we now only hear about Franklin. It seemed that this family was interconnected into most of the goings on in Philadelphia and made significant contributions to the early US. The house is the only free standing house left in Philadelphia. Many of the furnishings are original to the house. There is so much history to this house, it is a shame it probably doesn't see more tourists than it does. The only downside to the tour was that at times the guide was difficult to understand. We couldn't figure out if it was because of a speech impediment or that he simply spoke so quickly. It turned out that he was a decendant of the Physick family and he was very proud of the house and the history and he tried to get as much information into the tour as possible. But if you didn't catch something he was happy to repeat or elaborate on it. The pamphlet Beyond the (Liberty) Bell listing places to see near the Liberty Bell has information on it as well. If you need a phone number for the museum, it is listed there. (I tried adding the number but Google+ doesn't allow it.)

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