IF TWO ARE DEAD Locations Today


Locales of Philadelphia




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The Delaware River waterfront at Penn’s Landing, looking south. To the right of the highway is Front Street, the 18th Century waterfront—where the head office of Castell, Leavering & Sproul would have been located.

Philadelphia is blessed with an impressive amount of superb surviving 18th Century architecture. This is a handsome residential block—Delancey Street. That family got around!

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A stock photo of charming Elfreth’s Alley in the oldest section of the city. The homes of Mr. Prentice and Samuel Low Aldridge would have been located in the vicinity.

The Todd house (1775) on the corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets. Dorothy and Reuben Castell would have lived in a similar abode.

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Kitchen of the Todd House. Note the sugar nips (for breaking off chunks of sugarloaf) on the table.

The Todd House is noteworthy as a reconstructed middle-class Quaker abode. Although all items in it are of strong quality, they lack all decoration and ostentation.

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The author in front of a landmarked Philadelphia tavern (not currently open to the public).

Fortunately, the reconstructed City Tavern (originally built in 1773), to which many of the Founders repaired after a hard day at nearby Independence Hall, was open. Thomas Dordrecht probably couldn’t have afforded the like on his first visit in 1761—and his second trip (as described in If Two Are Dead) was cut short.

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The author enjoyed a meal at the City Tavern with his friend Phil Bowers. Of the reconstituted beer recipes, your author tried the one attributed to Jefferson … and liked it very much! Had a second glass!




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