What You'll Do
The creator of the American flag, a powerful abolitionist, and a de facto state governor: these refer to just a handful of the colorful women that shaped Philadelphia's history. Assuming the role of Abigail Adams—the erudite and fiercely opinionated First Lady of the United States—actress and historian Kim Hanley takes small groups on a two-hour stroll to some of the Philadelphia most interesting historical sites. Without breaking character, Hanley relates each stop to an influential woman who left her mark there, including Susan B. Anthony, Martha Washington, and Sally Franklin Bache (Ben's daughter).
- Learn About Women's Impact on Philadelphia's History
Each stop relates to an important woman, such as Susan B. Anthony and Martha Washington
- Walk Through Historical Landmarks
The City Tavern, where revolutions stirred, and Carpenters' Hall, the site of the First Continental Congress, are just a couple of the stops
- Follow a Modern-Day Abigail Adams
Actress and historian Kim Hanley assumes the role of the former First Lady for the duration of the tour
Each event is capped at 15 participants; each event requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to take place.
Kim Hanley never realized she could combine her love of acting with her love of history until she moved to Philadelphia in 1997 and fell in with the founders of the American Historical Theater. There, she learned to add a dash of dramatic flair to historical fact by inhabiting the roles of several prominent female figures in American history, such as Abigail Adams, Annie Oakley, and Molly Pitcher. Her unique skill set as both historian and reenactor help her immerse tour groups in a specific period of history.
Saturday (9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.)
November 2 | November 16
December 7 | December 14 | December 21
Saturday (12 p.m.–2 p.m.)
November 2 | November 30
December 14 | December 21
Where You'll Meet
Tours meet at Welcome Park by the statue of William Penn, diagonally across from City Tavern.