Call in the Cavalry: 1st City Troop at Laurel Hill East



Laurel Hill East

The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, founded in 1774, is one of the oldest and most decorated military units still in active service in the U. S. Army Reserves. During the Revolution, the troop fought in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown. During the Civil War, they were called into active duty several times, beginning with the 1861 Campaign that led to the First Battle of Bull Run. The Company notably performed scouting duties leading into the Battle of Gettysburg.   During this tour, visit with First City Troop Revolutionary founders,  Civil War members, and others who permanently reside here.

Tour Guide: Peter Howell


  • $17/General Admission (Ages 13 and up)
  • $15/Seniors (Ages 65+) and Students with ID
  • $12/Members of the Friends of Laurel Hill
  • $8.50/Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • $1.90/Access Card Holders (can purchase up to 4 tickets) **
  • Free/Ages 5 and under

** Access Card + Valid Photo I.D. must be presented at check-in.

Please note – youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged!


This tour departs from Laurel Hill East’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Information on directions, parking, and visiting guidelines are linked here to better plan your visit.