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Head House Square is actually a marketplace of sorts which extends from Pine Street to Lombard Street in Philadelphia’s Historic District. Its main attraction is the Colonial atmosphere, which serves as a memorial of how people used to shop in the old days. Established for the first time in 1745 under the name New Market, the area is used in modern times as a place for various vendors to pitch their wares to passersby.

On the outskirts of the market is Head House, a large building with a weathervane on top. This is where the Market Master used to live and work; his job was to test the overall quality of the goods being bartered to make sure they were on the up and up. These days, conditions are somewhat more lenient, and anything goes. During the summer and early fall, look for craftsmen and women to be in the majority, as the square has built quite a reputation for having the best homemade items around. The area gets very busy and the commerce lasts well past dark, even as late as midnight on certain weekends. 

Also, keep on the lookout for the free children’s workshops each Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm; they will instruct your child on how to make certain crafts and keep them thoroughly entertained while you go about your business. This area is strongly recommended for those into antiquing and visiting flea markets, and it’s also interesting to pass through just for the historic atmosphere. 

 

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