Dolley Todd House

Summer seasonal hours, May 23 - September 7, 2015; tours offered daily, times vary, reservations required. Sign up at the visitor center information desk on the morning of your visit.

 
Color photo of the Todd House kitchen showing a narrow space with wooden work tables on either side of the room and a fireplace along the back wall. Redware bowls, pewter plates, and iron kitchen utensils are on the tables and in the fireplace.

Food preparation would have consumed much of the family's time.

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Located at on the northeast corner of 4th and Walnut Streets, the Todd House was 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 death, Dolley married James Madison, later to become the fourth President of the United States. The couple subsequently moved to the Madison estate in Virginia. The Todd House reflects the lifestyle of 18th century Philadelphia's middle class.

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