Day 805: Independence NHP

This morning we left the RV at the Lower Merion Synagogue and drove into Philadelphia to visit Independence National Historical Park.  We found curbside parking and walked over to the site:

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The visitor center had exhibit space showcasing the many historic buildings in the park:

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On our way to Independence Hall, we walked by the excavated basement of the president’s residence, home to presidents Washington and Adams while the US capital was in Philadelphia from 1790 to 1800:

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Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed:

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Independence Hall was built as the colonial seat of power for the colony of Philadelphia in 1753.  In this room, the colonial court presided:

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In this room, the Second Continental Congress debated and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  Washington sat up front:

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The Constitution was signed with this ink set:

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One of the original printed copies of the Constitution:

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We also saw the Liberty Bell:

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The kids handed in their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges:

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No caption needed:

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We visited the building that housed the Supreme Court while the US capital was in Philadelphia:
 

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We also visited the legislative building.  Congress sat in this room:

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The Senate met in a smaller room upstairs:

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We visited Carpenters’ Hall, meeting place of the First Continental Congress:

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On our way back to the truck, we visited the courtyard where Benjamin Franklin’s house once stood:

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This building was built by Franklin as a rental property:

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Inside, the building has been stripped to the outer walls, so flue paths, fireplaces, and floor locations can be seen in this three-story structure:

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We returned to the RV, hitched up, and drove northwest to overnight at the Walmart of King Of Prussia, PA.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 804: So Long, New York
Day 806: Valley Forge NHP, Hopewell Furnace NHS

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