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On a recent trip to Philadelphia with my kids I wanted to explore the founding fathers old haunts-because I'm a history lover and oh yeah! I wanted to cross it off of my bucket list. The tourism board in Philadelphia was wonderful, even though I wasn't able to see everything-I was impressed with their willingness to work with a travel blogger. I was given a pass to see all that there was to see and of course come back and report on it. I took my children and myself down to historic "old city" Philadelphia. That was overwhelmingly awesome.
I'm going to cover Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, where to eat, walking around the historic district, tales of the forefathers, and Christ Church. We even visited the first post office, set up by Benjamin Franklin himself.
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal..."
When you get there do this:
1. Go to the Independence Hall Visitors Center and get you timed ticket to see Independence hall. It's important to get there early, so you can get in. In the warmer months, tickets are sold out by 11am. It is free for the tour-don't miss it.
2. Walk from there to the President's house across the street, tour the structure where George Washington slept in those early years when the nation's capital was Philadelphia.
3. Walk over to see the Liberty Bell. Cracked in 1846 the bell was repaired but unfortunately never rang again. It is on display, where visitors can view this historic piece of our nation's history for free.
4. Walk across the street from Independence hall and get a Philly Cheesesteak-everyone does it. Make sure you go where the locals are oh and watch for cars running the curbs.
5.Take a tour on your own-walk by stores like Silence Do Good's (you know who penned that name?)
6. Visit Elfreth Alley-the oldest Colonial street in existence, and people still live there. There has to be ghosts!
7. Christchurch where the founding fathers pondered their fates, and William Penn's baptismal font is on display.
8. Ben Franklin's grave and several other signers graves are located at the Christchurch burial ground a small fee of $2.00 to go in, pay it-it supports the upkeep of this historic site.
NO one living today has ever heard the liberty bell ring, it was silenced forever in 1846.
Of course I had to rewatch John Adams and National Treasure.
There are so many places to see here, including Benjamin Franklin's grave. Visitors toss a penny on it-my kids and all did. Make a wish, and throw a penny-i'm not sure what I wished for. We throw pennies because Franklin coined the phrase "a penny saved is a penny earned" so it's lucky to do that. I think.
20,000 people attended his funeral.
His grave reads:
The Body of
Like the Cover of an old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be whlly lost:
For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and Amended
By the Author.
He was born on January 6, 1706.
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