History, Real Fast Giveaway!
is known as the home of vibrant colonial history:
the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and
Independence Hall. But the City of Brotherly Love is
also home to – and less well known for – its quirky
history. The country’s first quarantine station was
located here. One of Philly’s clocks has a face
larger than Big Ben’s in London. And a unique skill
of Black abolitionist James Forten saved him from a
life of West Indian servitude (and “Forten” was not
even his real name).
Philly History, Real Fast: Fascinating Fact and
Interesting Oddities about the City's Heroes and
Historic Sites, Jim Murphy provides an original
tour of the city. He highlights artistic gems
including the Dream Garden Tiffany mosaic and Isaiah
Zagar’s glittering Magic Gardens. He profiles
intriguing historical figures from military leader
Commodore Barry to civil rights heroes like Lucretia
Mott. Murphy also explores neighborhoods from
Chinatown to the Italian Market and the unique
architectural details of Carpenters’ Hall and the
provides a pithy story about a historical person or
site, along with bullet points featuring interesting
oddities, and nearby attractions along with fun
facts such as: Why there are so many churches? What
is the Philadelphia Eagles’ connection to the U.S.
Custom House? Which famous artist may have been
Philadelphia’s first nude model? And where was the
Liberty Bell secretly damaged? (We didn’t do it!)
This is Philly
history in bites that are as digestible as a soft
pretzel with mustard.