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Places visited in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Foamhenge. (Stephanie RiCharde/Atlas Obscura)
Centreville, Virginia

Foamhenge

Exact replica of the monument made using Styrofoam
37.6523, -79.5259
Cave Entrance
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Crystal Cave

In which a local geological marvel becomes a quaint roadside attraction
40.5276, -75.8424
The Pagoda
Reading, Pennsylvania

The Reading Pagoda

A failed piece of Orientalism has become the proud symbol of a community
40.3361, -75.9056
Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania

The Sonorous Stones of Ringing Rocks Park

Mysterious rocks that ring musically when struck
40.5625, -75.1343
Stone archway, landscaped with evergreens, July 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)
Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Grounds For Sculpture

Sculpture park and museum that specializes in the huge and bizarre
40.2355, -74.7179
Known to Rosicrucians as the Meditation Garden
Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Rosicrucian Pyramids of Bucks County

The headquartes of the Fraternitas Rosae Crucis, complete with Rosicrucian pyramids, all in the Pennsylvania Woods
40.4386, -75.2715
Main fountains at Longwood Gardens.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens

This palatial botanical garden is home to one of the largest pipe organs ever installed in a private residence, and a piece of Wood's cycad
39.8712, -75.6747
Main entrance to the cemetery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mount Moriah Cemetery

An abandoned cemetery lies in ruins as the surrounding forest swallows it whole.
39.9311, -75.2358
Maillardet's automaton at the Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Maillardet's Automaton

The origin of this mechanical boy was a mystery until he revealed his maker by writing it in perfect cursive.
39.9582, -75.1731
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Barnes Foundation

Dr Barnes' $25 billion private collection of art and arboretum
39.9605, -75.1726
Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

This little-known collection holds everything from Dracula notes to the forged works of Shakespeare
39.9474, -75.1747
"The Dream Garden" by Tiffany
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tiffany Glass Mural "The Dream Garden"

Mural made of 100,000 pieces of hand blown glass, and until recently, the largest glass mural in the US
39.9478, -75.1512
The Rocky Statue in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rocky Statue

Yo, Adrian!
39.9650, -75.1792
Built in Philadelphia in 1808 by the Spark family.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sparks Shot Tower

One of the oldest of its kind.
39.9347, -75.1461
A view of City Hall from below. (Photo:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
39.9541, -75.1644
The original Bicentennial Moon Tree - it died and was cut down in 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Moon Tree

A clone-tree grows in Washington Square Park sprung from seeds that went to the Moon and back.
39.9476, -75.1518
SS United States seen from the water
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

SS United States

Current docking of the SS United States, the fastest transatlantic Ocean Liner
39.9185, -75.1371
Chemical Heritage Foundation, street view.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chemical Heritage Foundation

Instruments, apparatus and rare books all relating to chemistry and its related sciences
39.9487, -75.1465
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Shrine of Saint John Neumann

The body of St. John Neumann and his collection of hundreds of relics, on display in a Philly church
39.9694, -75.1452
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Giant Ants

Ant sculptures march up the side of what used to be an iconic spot in punk rock lore
39.9418, -75.1495
The Grand Court and Organ
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wanamaker Building

The first American department store, and home to the largest operating musical instrument in the world
39.9514, -75.1621
Camac Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Camac Street

The last of Philadelphia's wood-paved streets is now a landmark of terrible engineering
39.9487, -75.1614
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Laurel Hill Cemetery

This Philly cemetery is the eternal home of many famous area residents, including Rocky Balboa's wife
40.0042, -75.1876
The cave from the front.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cave of Kelpius

Here, “The Society of the Woman of the Wilderness," America's first doomsday cult, awaited the end of the world.
40.0238, -75.2016