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May 21 2016

Scandal, Sex & The (Colonial) City In 18th-Century Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia Sites Recount Founding Fathers' & Mothers’ Sinful Shenanigans

Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States. It’s where the Declaration of Independence was written and where the U.S. Constitution was signed. Philadelphia's Historic District has many more tales to tell. The 18th-century metropolis was a hotbed of extramarital affairs, excommunications, elopements and blowout bashes—all resulting in rampant gossip. A visit to the Historic District reveals it was 18th century America’s original Sin City.

Here are some true stories of prominent Colonial Philadelphians’ gasp-worthy goings-on—and a list of sites to revisit their oft-salacious private lives.

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