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SUMMER WALKING TOUR – SOCIALLY DISTANCED – of COLONIAL HOUSES OF WORSHIP SUPPORTED BY THE ETTER TRUST

Saturday, July 18th, 2020, 1-3:30pm
(Rain date: Sunday, July 19th)
Please come for a Walking Tour of eleven surviving Colonial era houses of worship in Philadelphia. The Society of Colonial Wars has long supported these churches with funds that were generously donated by our fellow warrior Thomas Clifton Etter, Jr. The surviving places of worship represent eight different denominations.
Pennsylvania was unusual among the 13 original British colonies in that William Penn founded it on principles of religious toleration, participatory government, and brotherly love. His Fourth Frame of Government of 1701 (also known as the Charter of Privileges) specifically affirmed freedom of worship and formed the basis of the state’s constitution in 1776.
Warriors and guests will have the opportunity to visit the outside of ten places of worship in both Society Hill (five) and Old City (five). (Sadly Old Swedes Church is too far to walk.)
If it is open, there will be an optional additional visit at the end of the tour to the burial ground of Christ Church, with the graves of Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers.
All those who register agree to the following guidelines:
·     During the tour, all participants including the tour guide, will wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times.
·     All participants, including the tour guide, must maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others.
·     The tour will not include any visits to building interiors. (Depending upon the state of the pandemic at that time, we may try to enter one church for a tour. But it is too early to know what will be safe.).
·     In order to maintain social distancing, the tour will be lead by George McNeely via WhatsApp. Please download WhatApp on your phone prior to joining the tour and bring your own ear phones.
Please meet at the Visitor Center of Independence National Historical, at the northeast corner of Market and Sixth Streets at 1pm. We hope the Visitor Center will be open by then. If not, we will meet outside the main entrance.
Parking is available in the garage under the National Constitution Center and other nearby garages. (The SpotHero app is excellent for finding parking garages, comparing prices, and booking a space.) Or there is also street parking.
We will stop again at the Visitor’s Center half way through the tour for bathrooms and water/coffee. Please wear sensible shoes and sun protection. Maximum of 25 people. If we fill up, George is happy to offer this tour again.
Requested $15 donation to the Society for attendance
Please RSVP to ghmcneely2@gmail.com. As space is limited, if your plans change, please let George know as soon as possible.