Built in 1786, this restored upper-class house embodies Colonial and Federal elegance. It was the home of Bishop William White (1748–1836), rector of Christ Church, first Episcopal bishop of Pennsylvania, and spiritual leader of Philadelphia for 60 years. White, a founder of the Episcopal Church after the break with England, was chaplain to the Continental Congress and entertained many of the country's first families, including Washington and Franklin. The second-floor study contains much of the bishop's own library. Unlike most houses of the period, the bishop's house had an early form of flush toilet. The house tour is not recommended for small children. Get free tickets at the visitor center for one-hour tours that include the Todd House.
Oct 19, 2008
A good historic house to tour, included with a tour of the Todd House. Reservations have to be made in advance at the National Parks Service Visitors Center though -- you can't just pop in here.