Are you looking for something different to do this New Year’s Eve? Do you love history or things that are a little spooky? The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks present the 9th annual New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour featuring the historic Powel House. In addition to its historical significance, the beautifully preserved Powel House has a well-documented reputation for being haunted. On December 31st, the Powel House will open its doors for an unconventional and memorable way to ring in the New Year. In the tradition of holiday storytelling, the one-hour candlelight tour delves into the lives and afterlives of the famous and infamous people who spent time at this colonial-era mansion. A portion of proceeds benefits the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
Tour Times and Tickets
Tours will be available hourly from 6:15 pm to midnight on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Tickets are $22 per person (ages 13 and up only) and can be purchased by calling 215-413-1997 or visiting www.ghosttour.com. The Powel House is located at 244 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Since the tour is only an hour, it’s the perfect length to fit in an interesting activity before or after New Year’s Eve dinner plans or seeing the fireworks at Penn’s Landing.
About the New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour
The New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour takes its inspiration from the old-time holiday tradition of ushering out the ghosts of the past with the start of the New Year. The tour begins with a look back at the mystical aspect of New Year’s Eve celebrations and continues through two floors of the house. Explore the second floor ballroom where George and Martha Washington celebrated their anniversary and where disembodied dancing footsteps are still heard. Venture into the drawing room that’s haunted by the ghost of Benedict Arnold’s bewitched wife and the dining room where spirits of long-ago revelers still gather, and more. A costumed storyteller will share the stories behind the ghostly appearances and the unexplained mysteries that haunt the site to this day.
About the Powel House
The Powel House was the home of Samuel Powel, Philadelphia’s mayor before and after the American Revolution, and his highly regarded wife, Elizabeth. They were known as the city’s most famous couple and counted among their friends George and Martha Washington and John Adams. The Powel House gained a reputation for lavish parties and spirited political discourse. The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks now maintains Powel House. Landmarks has played a significant role in the historic preservation movement in Philadelphia by restoring, furnishing and presenting to the public its distinguished house museums, including Powel House, Physick House, Grumblethorpe and Waynesborough.
About the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia has offered tours and events in Philadelphia since 1997. Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine named the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia one of the top 15 “must see” attractions in the country, saying, “The best part: All the ghost stories are based on documented accounts, which makes them all the more spooky.” Find the Ghost Tour online at www.ghosttour.com, on Twitter at @ghosttours and on Facebook at @philadelphiaghosttours.