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Society Hill, Philadelphia

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4.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Society Hill is a neighborhood in the Center City section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood, loosely defined as bounded by Walnut, Lombard, Front and 8th Streets, contains the largest concentration of original 18th- and early 19th-century residential architecture of any place in the United States. Society Hill is noted as a charming district with cobblestone streets bordered by brick rowhouses in Federal and Georgian style.HistoryThe district is named after the 18th century Free Society of Traders, which had its offices at Front Street on the hill above Dock Creek. Located close to both the Delaware River and Philadelphia's civic buildings, including the Independence Hall, the neighborhood soon became one of the city's most populous areas. Several market halls, taverns and churches were built alongside brick houses of Philadelphia's affluent citizens. Dock Creek came to be the public sewer.After the Revolutionary War, the city filled in the polluted Dock Creek, and created a new food distribution market on the street created by filling in the creek. Dock Creek became Dock Street. Though the streets of Philadelphia were carefully laid out in a grid, the new Dock Street’s arc connecting Chestnut and Spruce Streets between 2nd and 3rd, owes its uncharacteristic shape to the path of the former creek as it ran to the river.
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  • The historic district of Philadelphia, with old streets and elegant homes of the ' 700 and ' 800. It's beautiful and interesting walk through, admiring the art and history that this part of the metropolis presents.
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  • This is the old, ritzy part of Philly. We walked around here and got a feel for what it would be like to have money. It is a nice place to stroll and dream about owning a house there. 
  • We enjoyed walking around Society Hill at night. There is a lot to see - cafes, shops, people, old houses. But it was really hard to find a parking space. The parking garages are very expensive, but o...  read more »
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