Historic Philadelphia

William Penn's "City of Brotherly Love" has during it's time served as the capital of the colony of Pennsylvania, the capital of Colonial America, and as the capital of the United States of America. In an area known as "America's most historic square mile", you may visit such sites as;
  • Carpenter's Hall,
  • where the delegates gathered for the First Continental Congress;
  • The State House of Pennsylvania,
  • known today as Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed;
  • Congress Hall,
  • site of the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791;
  • The Liberty Bell,
  • America's most cherished artifact cast in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Penn's Charter of Privileges;
  • Franklin's Gravesite in Christ Church Cemetery;
  • Betsy Ross House,
  • an example of a working class home of the 18th c.;
  • Elfreth's Alley,
  • the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America; and
  • Christ Church,
  • the Anglican Church established in 1695 where many of the Patriots of the Revolution worshiped;
  • Franklin Court,
  • celebrate the life and times of Dr. Benjamin Franklin in the very courtyard where he made his home. Visit an authentic 18th century printing shop. Learn about his inventions in the Underground Museum, Stop at the Franklin Post Office, unique in the fact that it is the only post office in America which has no zip code, is open seven days a week and mail is hand canceled with a special "B. Free Franklin" postmark.

    Board coach en route to the charming 18th century neighborhood of Society Hill passing the Powell House, home of the Patriot and last Colonial Mayor of Philadelphia, and the Physick House, home of the Father of American Surgery. Learn of the "Who's Who" of colonial life, Philadelphia's medical first's, the actual horror stories of Dr. Physick in trouble for "body snatching", and hear of the medical madness in the 1700's. Before departing the historic district we pass The Pennsylvania Hospital, America's first hospital, founded by Ben Franklin featuring the roof top amphitheater known as the "dreaded circular room." Operations took place here on "sunny"days, "12:00 High" with anesthesia being choice of a dose of opium, a conk on the head or a stiff drink.
    Cultural Philadelphia

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