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Philadelphia's story began in 1682 when William Penn, a Quaker and visionary, founded the city as a haven for religious freedom and tolerance. It swiftly grew into a melting pot of cultures, attracting settlers from Europe and beyond.
In 1776, Philadelphia's Independence Hall was the backdrop for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the birth certificate of the United States. The city played a pivotal role during the American Revolutionary War and served as the nation's temporary capital from 1790 to 1800.
Throughout the 19th century, Philadelphia's industrial might and cultural prominence soared. It was a hub of innovation, with institutions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences taking root.
The 20th century saw Philadelphia embrace modernity while preserving its historic treasures. The Liberty Bell, symbolizing freedom, remains an iconic relic, and the city's neighborhoods, from Old City to South Philly, reflect its diverse heritage.
Today, Philadelphia stands as a dynamic metropolis, where history and progress harmonize along its cobblestone streets and skyscraper-lined avenues.
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B. Free Franklin Post Office
The B. Free Franklin Post Office and Museum is the only colonial-themed post office still operated by the United States Postal Service. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin when he served as Postmaster General. The post clerks who work in the B. Free Franklin Post Office have to wear Colonial-style clothing, and they aren’t allowed to use ballpoint pens. Instead, they have to use quills in inkwells.
If you go inside the B. Free Franklin Post Office today you will see may postal artifacts, including figurines and photographs.
Betsy Ross House
The Betsy Ross House is believed to be the location where Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. Known as the “Birthplace of Old Glory”, the house that stands there today was in very rough shape in the 1930s. In 1937, a radio mogul named A. Atwater Kent helped to have the house restored so that it could be brought back to its original glory. In 1941, Kent offered the house to the City of Philadelphia as a present so that it could become a museum and tribute to Betsy Ross.
Carpenter's Historic Hall
Carpenter’s Hall is located in an area known today as the U.S. Historic District. The Carpenter’s House started construction in 1770 and wasn’t finished for five years. It was built to be the Meeting Hall for the Carpenter’s Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, which is the oldest craft guild in the United States. The hall became the location of the First Continental Congress in 1774, where British Colonial citizens first met to discuss the potential of becoming an independent nation.
Christ Church is an Episcopal church in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. Founded in 1695 as a parish of the Church of England, it played an integral role in the founding of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. In 1785, its rector, William White, became the first Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
From 1754 to 1810, the church's 196-foot (60 m) tower and steeple was the tallest structure in what is now the United States of America.
Christ Church Burial Ground
Christ Church Burial Ground is an early-American cemetery that is also the final resting ground of Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah. Christ Church cemetery belongs to Christ Church, an Episcopal church, located in downtown Philadelphia.
Today Christ Church is available for visitors to Philadelphia to go and see for a small fee. The burial site of Benjamin Franklin is visible from the street. One of the most popular things to do when visiting Benjamin Franklin’s grave site is to leave pennies.
Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, dating back to 1703. There are 32 houses on the street which were built between 1703 and 1836.
Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the most important buildings in American history. It is the building where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. Today it is part of Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia and is visited by more than 500,000 people each year.
The Liberty Bell is seen by many people as being the symbol of American independence from Great Britain. The Liberty Bell is famous for a couple of reasons, and it is easy to recognize because it is cracked. When the Declaration of Independence was read out loud to the people of Philadelphia on July 8th of 1776, the Liberty Bell was one of the many bells that were rung in celebration.
The President's House in Philadelphia was the third U.S. Presidential Mansion. George Washington occupied it from November 27, 1790, to March 10, 1797; and John Adams occupied it from March 21, 1797, to May 30, 1800.
I was a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia in the 1700's. I published the Pennsylvania Gazette when I was 23. Later, I would publish Poor Richard's Almanack, a yearly book filled with weather information, recipes, and predictions. I would often write articles for my newspapers but I wouldn't always use my real name.
I was selected to be the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress in 1775. I led the army of the United Colonies from June 1775 to December 1783. Four years later, I became the President of the United States.