Physick House

321 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-4218 GET DIRECTIONS
Local: 215-925-2251
Discover the only free standing Federal-style townhouse in Society Hill that was the home of Dr. Physick, the "Father of American Surgery" and inventor of soda pop. One of the foremost surgeons of the time, Dr. Physick was among the few courageous doctors who remained in the city to care for the sick during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. Among his many patients were President Andrew Jackson, Dolly Madison, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Chief Justice John Marshall. Built in 1786, this magnificent townhouse is decorated in the fashionable 19th century decor and includes an impressive collection of French influenced Neoclassical furnishings. On the second floor is a medical museum that features a collection of medical instruments used during Physick's day and information regarding his distinguished career. The house features a large fanlight and an unusually large city garden surrounds the house with a winding path, grotto and classical statuary.
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Discounts Offered: Senior Citizen Discount, Student Discount
Facility Amenities: Gift Shop, Guided Tours
General Information: Hours: Open year 'round. Tours are given Thurs. - Sat. Noon - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. Last tour begins at 4 p.m., Open Year-round
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