Call in the Cavalry: 1st City Troop Tour



23rd St. Armory & Laurel Hill East

**Tour begins at the 23rd St. Armory at 10 AM and Continues to 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. The tour will start with a very special visit to the 23rd Street Troop Armory with a private tour of the newly restored 2nd Floor Museum led by knowledgeable curator Jack Tomarchio. It houses significant personal and company artifacts from throughout the Troop’s distinguished history. We’ll then tour Laurel Hill East and visit with First City Troop Revolutionary founders and Civil War members who permanently reside here.

Tour Guides: Jack Tomarchio and Peter Howell


  • $20/General Admission (Ages 13 and up)
  • $18/Seniors (Ages 65+) and Students with ID
  • $15/Members of the Friends of Laurel Hill
  • $10.00/Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • Free/Ages 5 and under

Please note – youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.


The 23rd St. Armory is located at 22 S. 23rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 with a paid parking lot at 2116 Market St. Philadelphia PA 19103. And the tour at Laurel Hill departs from the Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19132. Information on directions, parking, and visiting guidelines for Laurel Hill click here to better plan your visit.