Society Hill is located in the Center City section of Philadelphia. It is loosely defined by the boundaries of Front, Walnut, Lombard, and 8th Streets and is home to the largest concentration of 18th and early 19th century residential construction in the United States.
By the 1940s the city had expanded and lost much of its original appeal. Nevertheless, in the 1950s the federal and state governments undertook one of the very first urban renewal programs whereby any historically-significant homes were restored and the neighborhood in general was tidied up. Society Hill Historic District is now listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places as well as the National Register of Historic Places.
Getting Around Society Hill
Similar to the other neighborhoods within Center City, Philadelphia, Society Hill encourages pedestrianism and the use of bicycles around the streets and parkways. Interstate 95 lies just to the east of Society Hill and connects the neighborhood to Delaware in the north and a number of suburbs throughout Pennsylvania.
Things To Do & See In Society Hill
Independence Hall at 500 Chestnut Street is recognized as the birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The Hall represents the highlight of a 45-acre park known as Independence National Historical Park.
To experience some of Philadelphia’s vivid history, jump onto one of the 76 Carriage Company’s coaches and be taken back in time as the carriage makes its way over the cobblestone roadways of the Old City, Society Hill, and Philadelphia’s National Historical Park. Carriages are stationed at Independence Hall and Chestnut Street and make the daily journeys on a year-round basis.
Old Pine Street Church is one of many Historical churches found within the boundaries of Society Hill. But this church located at 412 Pine St boasts quite a few famous patrons buried within its church cemetery. Including a signer of the U.S. Constitution, 3 Continental Congress attendees and over 50 Revolutionary War Soldiers to name a few.
For those who venture to Independence National Historical Park, you may be fortunate to witness the Lights of Liberty, which is a dramatic show of sounds and lights that takes place after dark. The show depicts the events leading up to the American Revolution. There are five different acts in five varying locations all within a mile.
Where To Eat @Society Hill
Restaurants proliferate in Society Hill and some of the best ones include although are not limited to Society Hill.
Zahav is a casual restaurant located in Society Hill serving authentic Israeli cuisine. The soul of Zahav is the laffa bread, baked to order in our wood-fired Taboon; the creamy and nutty hummus that will transport you to Jerusalem; and the sizzling skewers of meat grilled over hardwood charcoal. Zahav offers a small plates menu that encourages guests to sample the large variety of cultural influences on the cuisine of Israel - from Eastern Europe to North Africa and from Persia to the Eastern Mediterranean.
City Tavern Restaurant located at 138 S 2nd St is famous for a few things. Chef Walter Staub is also the host of PBS A Taste of History. Chef Staub has created 18th Century cuisine for both his viewers and patrons and if you are enjoying his food at the City Tavern you will also enjoy being served by wait staff dressed in period clothes. Built in 1773 this Tavern was also host to Paul Revere after his midnight ride. Open Daily!
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