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Ghosts of the Mansion Tours at Powel and Physick with the
Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

Push aside the cobwebs of haunted Philadelphia
and step inside a haunted Society Hill mansion for
ghostly tales of mystery and intrigue!

This special Ghost Tour begins outside, with visits
to the Strangers Burial Ground and other haunted
hotspots, and ends with a tour of either the Powel
House or the Physick House, colonial-era
mansions in Society Hill. Both sites are said to be
haunted, with strange and unexplainable
experiences reported for over 70 years.

This 90 minute walking tour includes the use of
basic EMF meters (electromagnetic field meters)
for the curious ghost hunter.

To Purchase tickets for any of the following dates, please click here

Fri, Oct 24 @ Physick
Thur, Oct 30 @ Physick
Fri, Oct 31 @ Physick
Sat, Nov 1 @ Physick




The Mechanical Theatre at the Powel House

Six mad souls haunt the Powel House this Halloween season. Do you dare come hear their tales? The Mechanical Theater presents “Masque of Poe,” a night a macabre drama from the brilliant, tormented mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Small, intimate groups will be lead down shadowy hallways and behind forbidden doors into a world where genius wears the cloak of madness and all is not as it seems. Directed by Jonathan Elliott Coarsey, this story-telling theater experience invites audiences to peer beneath the masks of convention and civility that we all use to contain our inner darkness. The performance will consist of powerful solo- performances of some of Poe’s greatest masterpieces including “The Black Cat,” “The Tell – Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and more. Come enter a world where the voice of madness sounds all too much like the voice of reason as it asks, which is worse? The mask or the face beneath it? Performances will take place at the Powel House (244 S 3rd) October 23-25 and October 30- November 1 and 7 pm. Tickets are $25. Space is extremely limited and purchasing in advance is strongly encouraged. This performance will take patrons from room to room in the Powel House and requires that audience members be able to move about and climb stairs.

Show times are as follows:
Thursday, October 23 -- 7:00
Friday, October 24 -- 7:00
Saturday, October 25 -- 7:00
Thursday, October 30 -- 7:00
Friday, October 31 -- 7:00
Saturday, November 1 -- 7:00

To purchase tickets for either show, please click here

We are The Mechanical Theatre, a Philadelphia-based collection of theatre artists who specialize in creating our own work and reimagining the classic works of others.  Our mission includes embracing Philadelphia’s rich and often dark history by developing projects tailor-made for its unique, historical settings.  To that end our work often focuses on the macabre and mysterious, subjects we find to be quite at home in this hauntingly lovely old town. This spring, The Mechanical Theatre successfully produced a series of live radio dramas following the love story of two detectives, set in the 1930s. The series, entitled “The Walker and O’Dare Mystery Radio Hour,” and written by one of our own, was performed at the historic Powel House in Old City Philadelphia. The shows were a great success and based on that we were asked by the Powel House to create a theater piece that would showcase both the house and Philadelphia’s literary history.  Our response: a show capturing the horror and delight of one of America’s greatest authors (and one-time Philadelphia resident) Edgar Allan Poe!



Want to see more?  Join the Mechanical Theater on October 9, for "The Candlelight Murders" an all-new murder mystery based on the ghost stories of Laurel Hill Cemetery.  The sudden death of a wealthy heiress leads to a gathering of her family at the Laurel Hill Cemetery, but an unexpected guest shows up with evidence her death was far from natural.


Learning with Landmarks Lecture Series

Domestic Exhalations and Pestilential Fevers: Philadelphia’s Search for a Yellow Fever Cure

Thursday, 10/23/2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm

 Lecture by Dr. Hicks

Physick House
321 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia has become well known: the story has a hero—Benjamin Rush—and a villain—a mysterious pestilential disease which killed almost 10 percent of the population. Rush has been roundly criticized, both by posterity and his contemporaries, for his harsh therapies of bloodletting and extreme medicines. The management of the 1793 epidemic played against rivalries and disagreements between doctors and questioned deeply rooted medical philosophies.  By the 1797 epidemic, public officials once again appealed to the medical establishment for advice on public health. Two camps presented their competing observations and conclusions—The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and its splinter faction, the Academy of Medicine, led by Rush and Philip Syng Physick. This illustrated presentation examines their competing theories of Yellow Fever and its treatment, revealing the nature of patriotic ideals, criticism of the country’s maritime economy, and even what it meant to be an American. Lecture to be followed by a reception.

Speaker's Bio: Robert D. Hicks, PhD is the director of the Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Formerly, he supervised exhibits, collections, and educational outreach at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. He has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for over three decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums. Robert has a doctorate in maritime history from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, and degrees in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Arizona. His most recent book was Voyage to Jamestown: Practical Navigation in the Age of Discovery (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2011.) 



Learning With Landmarks Lecture Series


“Women in Islam: Their World and Ours”
Buntzie Ellis Churchill

Thursday, November 6
Physick House
321 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


What are the bases of the Islamic faith?  What are some the similarities and differences with Christianity and Judaism? What does Islam say about women and how they are to be treated? What are other differences between Middle Eastern societies and the West?  What is the impact of Islam in Europe and the US today?  What is the portent for the West?  How should the West respond?  These and other issues will be addressed in this topical talk.  Reception to follow.



Buntzie Ellis Churchill served for 23 years as President of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, hosting dozens of world leaders from Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher to Henry Kissinger and George W. Bush. (Mrs. Thatcher sent her a "thank you" note addressed, "To the other iron lady." During her tenure Mrs. Churchill lectured frequently to national and local organizations and annually conducted two or three educational trips visiting more than 75 countries.    


For a decade she hosted World Views, a daily radio show, interviewing experts on international issues.  A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she has served as a trustee of many non-profit organizations including Drexel University, and she has been awarded several honorary doctorates.

In 2006 she co-authored, with Bernard Lewis, the doyen of Middle East historians, “Islam: the Religion and the People.” Their “Notes on a Century: Recollections of a Middle East Historian” was pub­lished in 2012.
She did graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and was graduated from that institution with honors in political science.  

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