Groupon Exclusive: Learn About Philly's Culturally Rich History in Two Scenic Spots with Singer-Songwriter Storytellers

Woodlands Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden

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What

A city steeped in history, it would be hard to walk anywhere in Philadelphia without passing the site of some interesting event, whether widely known or obscure. Jan and John Haigis uncover these hidden stories, sharing little-known anecdotes and original songs as you explore two of the city's most beautiful spaces. Starting at the monumental Second Empire–style city hall, you'll first learn about Philly's beginnings, from the early Swedish and Dutch settlers to the formal founding of the city by William Penn. You'll then hop aboard a steel-wheeled trolley that shuttles tours to Bartram's Garden, a gorgeous botanical preserve begun by the Quaker farmer John Bartram in the early-18th century. Next is the verdant cemetery at The Woodlands, where Jan and John relate the history of the Hamilton family, whose elegant English-style estate proved irresistible to 19th-century land developers looking to capitalize on the growing trend of rural cemeteries.

  • Learn About Philly's Overlooked History
    Tours meander through Bartram's Garden and the cemetery at The Woodlands as you learn little-known facts

  • Tour Guides Double as Singer-Songwriters
    Longtime Philadelphia history buffs, the Haigises bring the past to life with vivid narration and original songs

Each tour is capped at 20 participants; each tour requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to take place.


Who

Jan and John Haigis In 1985, Jan and John Haigis led their community's efforts to save the Blue Bell, one of Philadelphia's colonial taverns. Their historical interest piqued, the pair began learning more about their city's past, absorbing stories about landmarks and individuals both famous and obscure. Jan and John's tours combine their extensive knowledge of the past with a love of storytelling, best expressed in original songs that recount Philly's history through lyrics celebrating “liberty, loyalty, libations, and love.”


When

All tours begin at 1 p.m.

  • Monday
    November 4

  • Wednesday
    November 20
    December 4

  • Friday
    November 1 | November 15

  • Saturday
    November 9 | November 23
    December 7 | December 21

  • Sunday
    November 17


Where

Tours will begin under the east gateway of Philadelphia City Hall on Juniper Street.



Tips from Groupon Customers

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    Woodlands Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden

    1521 Spruce Street

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19101

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In a Nutshell

Philadelphia history buffs lead tours through a botanical garden and scenic cemetery while they regale you with anecdotes and original songs

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 20 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 5 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Experience Provider is issuer of tickets for experience. Price reflects Experience Provider's current prices. Must provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Be on time to experience. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.