Groupon Exclusive: Trace Philly's 400-Year History on a Tour of Old City Spots

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Connoisseur of Philly's lesser-known stories leads tours through the Old City, narrating such episodes as the nation's first bank robbery

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The Liberty Bell. Benjamin Franklin. The Continental Congress. Most Americans have some notion of the goings on in Philadelphia in the last decades of the 18th century. The city's rich history extends further than the struggle for independence, though, with fascinating stories dating from its 1682 founding to the present day. Historian and Philly expert Ross Brakman lets you in on some of those tales, starting with William Penn's utopian vision of a burg free from religious persecution. On a walking tour through the Old City, Ross will take you back to America's first bank heist in 1798, the Bible Riots of 1844, and the byzantine twists of modern bureaucratic corruption.

  • Learn About the City's History, Beyond the Revolution
    Guide Ross Brakman leads tours that cover Philadelphia's lesser-known history, from its founding to the present day

  • Stroll by History-Steeped Locales
    Walking the streets of the Old City, you'll see the locations of such fascinating affairs as the country's first bank heist—pulled off in 1798

Each tour is capped at 20 participants; each tour requires a minimum of 3 participants in order to take place.


Ross Brakman You might say that history buff Ross Brakman is addicted to learning. On his unending quest for historical knowledge, Ross has earned master's degree in public history and spent years traveling the United States. During his domestic travels, he visited more than 300 national parks and historic sites, helping local teachers make their history lessons more engaging along the way. His favorite historic spot, though, remains his hometown of Philadelphia. With an abiding love for the city's past that goes beyond its well-known Revolutionary role, Brakman helps tour-goers gain a deeper appreciation for Philadelphia's history.


Tours begin at 2 p.m.

  • Saturday
    November 9 | November 23
    December 7 | December 14

  • Sunday
    November 3


Tours meet at northwest corner of S. Third and Walnut Streets.

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    Old City

    Walnut Street and South 3rd Street

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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