Hear the stories of iconic women while visiting Philadelphia landmarks with an Abigail Adams reenactor.

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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.

Your Host

Kim HanleyKim Hanley
Actress, Historian

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.

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    Welcome Park

    138 South 2nd Street

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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In a Nutshell

Historian and actress Kim Hanley assumes the role of Abigail Adams and shares the stories of Philly's most fascinating women

The Fine Print

Expires Dec 21st, 2013. Limit 15 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.