Traveling – Philadelphia, PA

History, history, history.  If you love history, Philadelphia is the place for you and your family.

Independence Hall

Our granddaughter loves history. So in April 2011, we headed to where it all began for us – Philadelphia. It is a wonderful place to see all the historical sights and get to know the past a little better.

Independence Hall, part of the Independence National Historical Park, is where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were discussed and adopted. The Liberty Bell originally hung in the bell tower.

The Liberty Bell is made of 70% copper, 25% tin, and small amounts of other metals, weighs about 2,000 pounds, and is now displayed in a glass chamber at The Liberty Bell Center.

Our granddaughter loved touring Betsy Ross’ House and listening to the tour guide explain how she sewed in her bedroom so no one would see her sewing on the first American Flag.

We saw where Benjamin Franklin lived and went to the tiny Post Office named for him to send our postcards. Sadly that Post Office has now been closed.

Christ Church was also a wonderful site to tour. It was amazing to be in a building where 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence worshipped. Our granddaughter sat in George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Betsy Ross’ pews and listened to how servants would bring pots of coal in to heat the sitting areas as they were there for several hours.

Guard at Betsy Ross’ House

Because we wanted to be able to walk around, we stayed downtown at the Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel located in the heart of the historic district. You can just step outside and walk to all the historical sites or walk a couple blocks and catch a tour bus.

There is no doubt you could spend a week in Philadelphia seeing all the sights. We weren’t there that long but tried to squeeze in as much as possible. We would love to go back again and see more of the city’s attractions.

The history of Philadelphia is inspiring and is a wonderful historical teaching opportunity as well as being fun. If you have a bucket list of places to visit with the grandchildren, jot it down.

From Philadelphia, we headed to Mount Vernon. From the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell to the First President – great stuff for history junkies.

Granddaughter (11) dishes about PhiladelphiaThe Liberty Bell was amazing and beautiful. Betsy Ross’ house was absolutely incredible.  Independence Hall was great to see.

This post has been linked to the GRAND Social blogging event.

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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5 Responses to Traveling – Philadelphia, PA

  1. rivardfarm says:

    What a great expereince for your granddaughter. She will always remember her visit to PA. I remember doing a play in elementary school where I played the part of Betsy Ross. I would have been so excited if I had gotten the chance to visit her home as a child. Maybe I’ll still get there someday!

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  2. nrae says:

    I visited Philly several years ago with a couple friends. I loved being in the same places as our founding americans. It was almost magical. I can’t wait to go back again someday…

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  3. Grandma Kc says:

    How wonderful that you could share all of this with your granddaughter! I’ve never been to PA and will probably never get there so thank you for sharing!

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  4. Connie says:

    I really would love to go, you are helping me learn more about our history. Thanks for sharing, and linking up today!

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  5. Thank you for the tour of Philadelphia. It’s another on the list of places my husband and I hope to go one day.

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