The Dolley Todd House

Color photo of the Todd House kitchen showing a narrow work space with wooden work tables on either side of the room and a fireplace along the back wall.  Redware bowls and pewter utensils sit on the tables and near 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. Lawyer John Todd and his wife Dolley Payne Todd lived in the home from 1791-1793 with their family. John Todd died during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Following her husband's death, Dolley Todd 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. The site has limited visiting hours. Learn more about visiting the Todd House.

Last updated: February 18, 2023

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