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Philadelphia, or "Philly" as it is often called, is the 6th most populous city in the United States with over 1.5 million people. It was founded in 1682 by an Englisher Quaker named William Penn. Philadelphia was the nation's largest city until 1790 when New York City surpassed it.
Philadelphia played a key role in the American Revolution. It was a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States. They met at the Pennsylvania State House, known as Independence Hall, where they signed the Declaration of Indepence on July 4, 1776. The Consititution was signed at the Philadelphia Convention Center in 1787.
The city is the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps. It is also home to the first library, hospital, stock exchange, and zoo in the U.S.
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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.
It was in Carpenter’s Hall that the First Continental Congress decided to bar the import of slaves to the colonies, and to discontinue the slave trade within the colonies. During the Revolutionary War, Carpenter’s Hall was used as a hospital by both British and American soldiers. After the war, in 1791, the first floor of the building was used as the First Bank of the United States under Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton.
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. Christ Church was founded in 1695 and in the time before and during the American Revolutionary War was the church where many famous participants of the war effort practiced their faith, including George Washington.
Another prominent name in American history buried in Christ Church burial ground is Benjamin Rush. Not only was Benjamin Rush a signer of Declaration of Independence, he is also considered to be the father of "American Psychiatry". In 1773, Also buried there is Commodore William Bainbridge, who became very well known during the War of 1812 as the captain of “Old Ironsides”, the USS Constitution.
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.
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.