My Summer History Tour, II - Day Three

Saturday, June 24

A short ride to the PATCO commuter train Woodcrest service station (hey, I work at the Woodcrest Office Complex in Tallahassee…small world) across the Delaware River to Philadelphia. It also marked our ninth state or territory on the trip thus far. We have many more to go. 

In case you are counting…Georgia,South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland,Delaware, New Jersey, and now Pennsylvania. 

Philadelphia is the birthplace of our nation and I have cherished the idea of visiting. Of course, I shake my head at how so many sorry people have ruined the historic and patriotic spirit of the town. Still, staying in the historic district connects one to the years before, during, and after our nation provided the world with an amazing feat – the idea of independence.

Words really fail me here…so, I will do my best. Just refer to the photos. 

A few short blocks and there it was…Independence Hall. Awe. I felt my eyes glisten at what I was seeing. I’ll jump ahead because we took the tour later. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the annex on the right side, Constitutional Hall on the left. The Liberty Bell now sits in its own exhibit a hundred yards away. You need to request passes in advance, show up early, or get fortunate to get into Independence Hall. We were the former and the latter. 

We also saw the Carpenter’s House, just down the street. It’s where the First Continental Congress met in 1774. The boys and I recreated a famous painting showing the exact location where John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Samuel Adams discussed issues pertaining to our future nation. 

The Philadelphia U.S. Mint was a stop. Sadly, the mint was not in operation, but it was Saturday. Tome it was boring, other than the gift shop where there were some cool coin sets. In operation I would think it is worth the visit.

We wandered past Benjamin Franklin’s grave (passed on paying three bucks a pop to just stare at it when you can stand next to it on the street and see it). 

Right down the street and nearby Independence Hall was the new Museum of the American Revolution.There was some cranky old lady who felt ripped off and made her husband miserable. I am guessing she is still mad Hillary did not win and I wonder why she would even come to such a place. It is filled with awesome audio/visual displays, but the display of Washington’s Battle Tent was truly spectacular. We were asked to not take photos. It’s a silly rule because only flash photography could hurt the piece of history, but I respected the wishes. I will simply tell you – if you appreciate any aspect of the part in history played by our first President, you MUST see this exhibit. George Washington’s contribution to our nation cannot be overstated. Somehow his tent exemplifies his love and dedication to an idea never truly seen in the world. To see it and hear the story is humbling. 

We return to Philadelphia tomorrow. 

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