We broke into small groups and explored the city most of the day, only to return to the bus by 5:00 p.m. Because the historic district is relatively condensed, some smaller groups would end up at the same location, sharing whatever else they had just seen with the others. Most chose to go first to the Visitor Center, where they provided free tickets to Independence National Historic Park, where Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, Philosophical Hall, and more are located. The Park Rangers who were stationed at each hall provided extensive information and history on each facet of the location, and answered questions in depth and with a wonderful grasp of context as well as dates and names.
|That is Tiffany glass in the mosaic behind these students|
Independence Hall and Congress Hall
|Way in the back, center, is Washington's chair|
|Behind Independence Hall|
|Pretending to be part of the deliberations of Congress|
|Chatting with a Park Ranger outside of Congress Hall|
|Checking out the display prior to seeing the Liberty Bell|
Christ Church Burial Ground:
|Many signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here...|
one of the most historic cemeteries in the country
|Whoops! Tilt your head to the left and you'll see |
Benjamin Franklin's tombstone, designed to his exact specifications.
|Michael Boswell in front of Christ Church|
|Benjamin Franklin funded the cost of the steeple of Christ Church |
At that time, it was the tallest building in the entire country.
|Inside Christ Church Sanctuary|
|Christ Church bell which is 300 years old and still ringing|
|Alleyway leading to entrance of house Betsy Ross stayed in for three years|
|We can't write about Philadelphia and not mention "Rocky", right?|
|Looking forward to tomorrow!|