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Powel House, Philadelphia

Historic Site · Tourist Spot
The Powel House is a historic house museum located at 244 South 3rd Street, between Willings Alley and Spruce Street, in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Built in 1765 in the Georgian style, and embellished by second owner Samuel Powel (1738–1793), it has been called "the finest Georgian row house in the city." As with other houses of this type, the exterior facade is understated and simple, but the interior was elaborately appointed.
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  • Small but exceptional home. Lots of events happened here. precolonial and colonial. The fore-fathers gathered and celebrated here. The house also served several functions throughout...  more »
  • This house has lots of history. The Powels were real political players in their time, and good friends with George & Martha. Much of the interesting history was how the house was saved from...  more »
  • I appreciate the house was saved - it almost wasn't. that said, there is not that much to see; basically 4 rooms and the center hall. The guide did a nice job but was a little flummoxed by...  more »
  • Very big, significant, and informative home. Thank you for such a lovely tour of the Powel house.
  • Only did it at night so it was closed but the spooky ambiance and the stories of haunted bedrooms is something to experience!
  • We held our wedding reception at the Powel House last August. The dinner took place in the garden and the setting was absolutely gorgeous. Many of our Philly-based guests didn't know about the house and were excited to learn about it's historical significance. Renting the space itself is inexpensive but there is a hidden cost in that you have to rent the tables and a tent, and you must use their approved caterers. That said, we felt it was worth it. Thanks so much to Meagan and the rest of the staff for making it such a smooth event.
  • We held a retirement party for a colleague -- an American-history buff -- at Powel House at the end of June 2018. First of all, working with Meagan, site manager of Powel House, was a pleasure. She is a pro, and her advice was very helpful. She is also just plain nice to deal with. Second, everyone loved Powel House itself. We were all impressed with its historical significance, beauty, and elegance. To walk on the same floor (and floorboards!) as George Washington, John Adams, and others, was amazing! Thanks to decent weather, we were able to use the beautiful garden, too. I'd host another event at Powel in a heartbeat. Thanks, Meagan!
  • We recently had our wedding at the Powel House, and I couldn't recommend it more. The house and garden are beautiful, and all of our guests loved the location. Everyone from the Philadelphia Society of Landmarks that we worked with were great (especially Meagan). They were super easy to get in touch with, and worked great with all the vendors we selected.

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