(Philadelphia, PA) On Saturday, July 6, 2013 from 1pm – 5pm, Landmarks will host the Seventh Annual Philly Phyzz Phest at the Physick House located at 321 S. 4th Street, in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia.
To celebrate Dr. Physick’s life, birthday, achievements and contributions to medicine and Philadelphia history, Landmarks will host a day of fun and activities for the whole family. The festival will be held in the garden of the Physick house; the only freestanding federal-style mansion remaining in Society Hill, built in 1786 by Henry Hill.
Admission to the Philly Phyzz Phest is FREE and includes:
• Birthday Cake and Home Made Ice Cream
• Singing of Happy Birthday to Dr. Physick
• “Phyzzical Science” experiments to discover what makes soda “pop”
• 18th Century Games
• Commemorative Bell Ringing
• Signing of the Declaration of Independence
• Reenactment of Colonel John Nixon’s reading of the Declaration of Independence
• The opportunity to learn about an important piece of American history
• Fun for the entire family!
Tours of Physick House will be available for a small $5 fee. Additional food, souvenirs, face painting and Dr. Physick’s Black Cherry soda (brewed from the original recipe by Dr. Physick’s 5th great grandson Del Conner) will also be available for purchase.
The Phyzz Phest is held in commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Phillip Syng Physick. Dr. Physick is credited as being the “Father of American Surgery” as well as “Soda’s Pop” for his creation of flavored carbonated beverages as a remedy for patients with upset tummies; much like our use of Ginger Ale today.
Physick Fun Facts:
• The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 using quill pens and the inkstand created by silversmith Phillip Syng Jr, grandfather of Dr. Physick.
• On July 8, 1776, Colonel John Nixon publicly reads the Declaration of Independence for the first time and brings that broadside home with him to what is today the site of the Physick House kitchen.
• The copy of the Declaration of Independence that Colonel John Nixon read on July 8,1776, and the original Syng Inkstand are both on display today in the West Wing of Independence Hall.
• Dr. Physick’s distant cousin, Colonel Henry Hill builds one of only three free standing federal style mansions in Philadelphia in 1786 and the only one remaining today.
• In 1793, Dr. Physick is among the few courageous doctors who remain behind to combat an outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia.
• As a remedy for tummy aches, in 1807 Dr. Physick creates the first carbonated soft drink in America using the method developed by Schweppes in England.
• Legend has long held that on July 8, 1835 the Liberty Bell is cracked while ringing during the funeral procession of Dr. Physick’s patient, Chief Justice John Marshall.
• Dr. Physick invented surgical instruments still used today and had a star studded patient list including: Dolly Madison, Dr. Benjamin Rush, Chief Justice John Marshall and President Andrew Jackson.
Seventh Annual Philly Phyzz Phest Schedule:
Beginning at 1 pm
Science of Soda Pop Experiments, 18th Century Games, Face Painting, Food, Pictures
Singing of Happy Birthday, Birthday cake and Ice Cream
3pm- Reenactment of Colonel John Nixon’s reading of the Declaration of Independence and
“Liberty” Bell Ringing
Physick House is located at 321 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, three blocks south of Independence Mall on 4th Street, between Cypress and Delancey Streets.
Landmarks (The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks), www.philalandmarks.org, was founded in 1931 by Frances Anne Wister to prevent the demolition of the historic Powel House, home of Samuel Powel, Philadelphia’s last mayor under British rule and the first after the Revolution. Today, in addition to the Powel House, Landmarks owns and/or manages three additional historic house museums in the Philadelphia area: Grumblethorpe in Germantown, the Physick House in Society Hill, and Historic Waynesborough in Paoli. Landmarks’ Mission is to inspire people to engage with history by protecting its unique historic sites and by providing related educational, historical and cultural programming.
Landmarks is recognized throughout the region for its innovative museum education programming, particularly for schools and teens in challenged Philadelphia neighborhoods. Landmarks also provide a highly regarded internship program for college and graduate students. Landmarks Road Scholar is the acclaimed Philadelphia arm of the international Road Scholar organization, the largest provider of educational tourism in the world. Landmarks partners with Ghost Tour of Philadelphia, Historic Germantown, the Philadelphia Tour Guides Association, Old Pine Community Center and other organizations to provide a variety of programs and events.