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Todd House

401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215-597-8974
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2 House Tour--a "MUST DO" on your trip to Philly!! A+++

We got tickets at the visitor center for the Todd house, it was great to get the tour from the park... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Patricia A
Chicago, Illinois
Only saw this house from the outside.

While it was awesome to see the house where James Madison may have first met Dolley, I really... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2016
New York City, New York
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401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
City Center East
+1 215-597-8974
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

We got tickets at the visitor center for the Todd house, it was great to get the tour from the park ranger who had lots of details on Mary and her life when she lived there. The house is very small and has two floors...More

20  Thank Patricia A
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

While it was awesome to see the house where James Madison may have first met Dolley, I really wanted to tour the inside. The security office next door said that the house is not open to the public. I see people on trip advisor have...More

Thank Tloc1986
Reviewed 19 September 2015

As a big fan of Dolly Madison I was ecstatic to enter her home shared with her first husband. I'm glad I mentioned this to the ranger at the Visitors Center as you need timed tickets. Our guide was not very enthusiastic but I still...More

1  Thank Beth B
Reviewed 31 July 2015

Before she married James Madison (fourth President of the U.S.) she was married to John Todd and, for two years, lived in this house in Philadelphia. John was a lawyer and the furnishings in this middle-class house reflect his rising status amongst his peers. The...More

3  Thank DrWJW
Reviewed 23 July 2015

This was a very interest tour. The Park Ranger did an excellent job. You must reserve your spot at Indepence Hall Visitor Center because space is very limited on this tour. This residence is an excellent representation of a middle class home.

2  Thank Martha B
Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

Obtain tickets to enter the Todd House at Independence Hall for same day entry. A park ranger opens the door and escorts a small ticketed group through the house. Dolly Todd became Dolly Madison after living in this house with her first husband. It clearly...More

2  Thank Marcia928
Reviewed 5 September 2014 via mobile

The first part of a (weekend only) free tour (signup at Independence Visitor Center)...brings you to a relatively small house ie looks like a townhouse with 2.5 stories. (Also the reason why they limit the # of people to sign up). The abode was known...More

3  Thank Cathy B
Reviewed 21 August 2014

My wife and I visited the Todd House while walking through the historical section of Philadelphia. Built in 1775, it was occupied from 1791 -1793 by lawyer John Todd, and his wife Dolley Payne. Todd died during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Following her husband's...More

3  Thank WorldTravelers34
Reviewed 9 September 2012

This is the first of two houses toured and they reflect a contrast in social station. This ranger-led tour is free but reservations must be made at the Independence Visitors Center. The other house is the Bishop William White house, which is just around the...More

6  Thank Cards-Preds-Fan
Reviewed 17 May 2012

At some point, the first floor of the Todd house had become a restaurant. The tour guide showed us a picture of it and the adjacent buildings. They all had businesses on the first floor. All the buildings have now been restored to what they...More

4  Thank bcnett
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