Historic Philadelphia

Once Upon A Nation Unique Historic Tours & Experiences

Once Upon A Nation Groups

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s Once Upon A Nation offers unique “living history” experiences for groups of all types and all ages. Once Upon A Nation brings history to life through a series of award-winning walking tours and programs that are fun, historically immersive, and educational.

Exclusive offerings and discounted pricing are available for groups of 20 people or more.

All Once Upon A Nation group tours and programs are private and exclusive for your group. Advanced reservations are required.

K-12 School, University, Scout, Camp, Day Care, & Youth Groups

Contact the Education Department via email at education@historicphiladelphia.org, or call 215-629-5801 x240.

Adult Groups & Tour Operators

Contact the Group Sales Department via email at groupsales@historciphiladelphia.org, or call 215-629-5801 x209.

Walking Tours

History Maker Tour

Your personal History Maker will transport you back in time on a walk through America’s “most historic square mile.” All Once Upon A Nation History Makers portray real people from America’s past and deliver an authentic experience rich with historical content and first-person narrative.

Bloodletting & Burials Story Stroll

On this adventure, travel back to 1760 Philadelphia and learn about the city’s gruesome history of infection and inoculation. Stroll the cobblestones and uncover true, macabre tales about bloodletting, smallpox, yellow fever, and other gross experiences. Along the way, meet figures who lived through the ghastly 18th century and discover why Philadelphia was an infectious place to be.

Once Upon A Nation Story Stroll

How do you get from the 1680's to 2018 in just three city blocks? Join the living timeline and find out as our award-winning Storytellers take you on a journey through Historic Philadelphia. Students will become part of the stories in the very places they happened.


A Soldier’s Life

Join a Revolutionary-Era soldier as he discusses the daily lifestyle of a typical infantryman in the American Continental Army. During this highly energized and interactive program, students will have the opportunity to be fitted up with equipment and gear along with the proper training of the day.

Breeches & Petticoats

Meet Sarah Melton, a colonial businesswoman who worked as a "mantua maker" designing one-of-a-kind dresses for her clients in Philadelphia, and learn about popular clothing styles of the late 1700s. During this highly interactive program, members of your group will have the opportunity to be dressed in 18th-century clothing of the "middle sort" as Sarah explains the design, creation, and purpose of each item.

Founding Fathers & Mothers

Meet the men and women who forged a nation! This engaging presentation will give you an exclusive look into the minds of some of the great men and women who fought for freedom and liberty for all. Learn about their personal and political lives from their own lips. Questions and interactions are encouraged.

One-of-a-Kind Experiences

Independence After Hours

Take a journey back in time and walk the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia on the eve of July 4, 1776. Encounter townspeople and enjoy a traditional Colonial dinner at City Tavern. Finally, your group will enjoy an exclusive opportunity to eavesdrop on the goings-on at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) as the Founding Fathers put the finishing touches on a revolutionary document.

Tippler's Tour

Join a Colonial Tippler as he escorts you on an entertaining pub crawl through Colonial and modern-day watering holes. Enjoy traditional drinks and a sip of history as your guide shares songs and toasts of the taverns of old. The tour visits four taverns and includes food and beverages at each location.

For more information on group tours and programs, please refer to the Planning Guides below:

Planning Guide for School Groups

Planning Guide for Scout, Camp, & Youth Groups

Planning Guide for Adult & Senior Groups


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