Occupied Philadelphia Weekend

September 28, 2019 - 10:00 am to September 29, 2019 - 5:00 pm
Museum of the American Revolution

Outdoor activities at Carpenter's Hall, City Tavern Restaurant, and Franklin Court are FREE and open to the public. 

Walking tour tickets sold separately or with Museum Admission. Tour Pricing: $12 for walking tour only; for the tour plus Museum admission, tickets are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors, students and military, $21 for youth, free for kids 5 and under.

Did you know that in the fall of 1777, Philadelphia – the Revolutionary capital at the time – was seized by the British and occupied for nine long months, with Independence Hall serving as a prison for American prisoners-of-war? The Museum of the American Revolution will recreate the dark days of the British occupation with Occupied Philadelphia, a two-day living history event. 

Meet costumed historical interpreters portraying soldiers, civilians, and spies on the Museum’s outdoor plaza, which will feature several marketplace stalls. Complete a spy challenge to collect information on the British Army and watch street theater vignettes that bring to life dramatic moments from 1777. 

Every half hour from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, hour-long neighborhood walking tours will depart from the Museum and include stops at City Tavern Restaurant’s back garden, Franklin Court, and Carpenters’ Hall, where the first Continental Congress met in 1774.

Throughout the weekend, guests can meet a historical interpreter portraying Richard St. George, an Irish soldier who fought with the British Army and was wounded at the Battle of Germantown during the British occupation of Philadelphia, in a 30-minute theatrical performance at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m in Washington’s War Tent theater. St. George’s story is explored in the Museum's new special exhibition Cost of Revolution.

Pictured above: Visit an encampment behind City Tavern Restaurant. 

At City Tavern, Proprietor Walter Staib, thirteen time Emmy award winning host of the acclaimed show A Taste of History, has recreated the culinary delights enjoyed by our founding fathers. City Tavern’s cuisine is made fresh daily from scratch with local ingredients and just as the founding fathers dined on elegant, sophisticated cuisine at City Tavern, so can you. 

Crafts and trades interpretation at Occupied Philadelphia is sponsored by the Early American Industries Association.

Occupied Philadelphia is in partnership with Independence National Historical Park. 

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