Philadelphia Journals

Finding the Founders

A March 2012 trip to Philadelphia by BawBaw

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Quote: This journal focus on our exploration of Philadelphia's historic district, especially on sites associated with Independence National Historic Park. This short break reminded us of some profound truths and offers bits of tantalizing trivia.

Liberty Bell

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Attraction | "‘Proclaim Liberty Throughtout All the Land!’"

Liberty Bell Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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When Himself and Yours Truly visited Independence National Historical Park, one of our first excursions was to the Liberty Bell Center. Every American child learns something about the Liberty Bell. From its original location in the bell tower above Independence Hall, it witnessed key events related to the founding of the United States and became a noteworthy symbol of American liberty—and not a small part of our national mythology. A few facts seem in order. The Liberty Bell was cast in London’s White Chapel Foundry in 1752. It cracked soon after arrival in Philadelphia and was recast in 1753 by local craftsmen. The bell was likely rung to celebrate the first public reading of the D...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2012

Liberty Bell
500 Market St (corner Fifth And Sixth Streets)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Second Bank of the United States

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Attraction | "Visiting the House of Peale"

Second Bank of the United States Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The Second Bank of the United States was the Federal Reserve of its era. The bank was established in 1816 to deal with the debts arising from the War of 1812, and its charter was allowed to expire in 1836—after it became embroiled in a political maelstrom pitting bank president Nicholas Biddle against the full force of will wielded by President Andrew Jackson. The Greek Revival structure built to house the bank was completed in 1824 and was modeled on the Parthenon. Now it is part of Independence National Historical Park, and it provides an impressive home for portraits and statuary (mostly paintings) of the Founding generation of American political leaders. Many of those portraits wer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2012

Second Bank of the United States
420 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 597 8974

City Tavern

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Restaurant | "Dining with the Founders"

City Tavern Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Himself and Yours Truly recently took a short break to Philadelphia, where we set our sights on visiting the monuments and memorials commemorating the American Revolution and the evolution of our Constitution. Our principal goal was to visit Independence National Park, which embraces a surprisingly diverse number of sites in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district—including City Tavern. As the account goes, City Tavern was a destination of choice for prominent rebels who would become enshrined by American history as the Founding Fathers. John Adams, remembered for his austere Congregationalism as well as for his role as one of the Founders, characterized the place as "the most gent...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2012

City Tavern
138 South 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 413-1443