Philadelphia History Tour

While you're in town for the 20th anniversary conference for The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program from October 19–21, 2017, be sure to take time to learn about Philadelphia's fascinating history and the role it played in the beginnings of the United States.

Tour Description:

This two-hour walking tour is an introduction to the history of Philadelphia, tracing its rise from colonial outpost to capitol of a young nation. The Quaker William Penn, incarcerated more than once in England due to his beliefs, arrived in 1682 and founded a colony dedicated to religious, economic, and political freedom. Yet, the benefits of these freedoms were not extended to all. This tour will give visitors an overview of the key sites and figures during the colonial, revolutionary, and early national periods, and will pay particular attention to the welfare of city's marginalized residents, including free and enslaved African Americans. We will walk the same streets and visit some of the same buildings frequented by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, and Richard Allen. The tour will also touch on the history of incarceration in the city and will include a stop at the site of the former Walnut Street Jail, a predecessor to the city's notorious Eastern State Penitentiary.

(NOTE: A visit to Eastern State Penitentiary is NOT included on this tour, but conference attendees my arrange a visit on their own). Visit their website at:

Tour Begins:

In front of City Tavern at 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA. Scroll down to see the map.

Tour Times:

Tour Guide:

David M. Krueger is a storyteller, scholar, author, and educator who is passionate about public history and social justice. His areas of expertise include American religious history, violence, myths, and popular culture. As a sought-after lecturer and speaker, he has served as a scholarly contributor on radio and television, including the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, Raw Travel TV, and the Science Channel’s What On Earth? He received a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in religion from Temple University. He has led tours of historic and religious sites in Philadelphia for almost 15 years. He is also a public pedagogy consultant working with The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.

Tour Start at City Tavern

Philadelphia's Walnut Street Jail
Philadelphia's Walnut Street Jail was built in 1773 and was a predecessor to the notorious Eastern State Penitentiary.

David M. Krueger
David M. Krueger, PhD is a certified Philadelphia history tour guide and public pedagogy consultant for the Inside-Out Center.