What You'll Do
Restaurants, condos, and hundreds of years of development have buried many historic landmarks in Philadelphia's Waterfront District, but local historian and author Harry Kyriakodis is determined to dig them back up. Kyriakodis takes you and the rest of the tour group on a journey into the area's rich maritime history, pointing out significant sites and telling multiple stories. He reveals how the earliest Quaker settlers lived in caves along the Delaware River, how the Yellow Fever Epidemic devastated the community in 1793, and what made the Waterfront District the crown jewel of Colonial America's maritime economy.
- Tour the City's Lost Waterfront District
Local historian and author Harry Kyriakodis leads you along Philadelphia's waterfront, revealing hidden landmarks and historic locations that have been masked by centuries of development
- Learn the District's History
Kyriakodis tells vivid tales of key moments in the neighborhood's history, including its prominence in the maritime economy of Colonial America
Each event is capped at 17 participants; each event requires a minimum of 3 participants in order to take place.
Local Historian and Author
Local historian and author Harry Kyriakodis has felt a strong connection to Philadelphia's waterfront since he moved to Pier 3 Condominium in 1997. Since then, he's studied the area's history and championed its preservation, even writing two books on the subject: Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront in 2011 and Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward in 2012. A trained librarian and researcher, Kyriakodis has a personal library with approximately 2,600 titles on Philadelphia, and also works as the lead researcher for the film series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and as a contributor to the blog Hidden City Philadelphia.
Saturday (2 p.m.–4 p.m.)
Sunday (2 p.m.–4 p.m.)
Where You'll Meet
Tours begin near the benches alongside Christ Church, and journey into the streets of Philadelphia's lost Waterfront District.