Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2009: Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we took our visiting company and our visiting "flat travelers" to see Historic Philadelphia.  These are some of the flat travelers who will be going with us to be in the audience of Good Morning America, Dec 10th.  Watch for us!

The Liberty Bell

Independence Hall

the room where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed...the chair in the middle is the original one in which George Washington sat

this is the original inkwell used to sign The Declaration and The Constitution

this is an original copy of the Articles of Confederation and Constitution...they're hard to see because they are protected by glass and have to be kept in low lights

This is the first Congress Hall.

then we visited Ben Franklin's grave

2007: We just spent 2 days in Philadelphia and learned a lot!  There's so much history there.

This is the Franklin Institute Museum where we got to tour through the King Tut exhibit.

Benjamin Franklin, in person

Benjamin Franklin's National Memorial

Facts About Benjamin Franklin:

He was the only person to have signed all four of the key documents that led to the formation of the US

1. The Declaration of Independence: it declared the American colonies independent from English rule.

2. The Treaty of Alliance with France: it brought French money, troops and arms to the American colonies to aid their fight against England.

3. The Treaty of Paris: it ended the American Revolution and recognized the independence of the United States.

4. The Constitution of the United States: it describes the laws of the United States.

Benjamin Franklin's Inventions:

  • Bifocals

  • Lightning Rod

  • Glass Armonica

  • the "Long Reach" device

  • the Franklin Stove

  • Swim Fins

  • Library Chair with Step Stool

  • Daylight Savings Time

  • Catheter

  • Odometer

Services Benjamin Franklin Established:

  • the first street lighting

  • the first street paving

  • the first Post Office

  • the first Fire Company

  • the first Fire Insurance

  • the first Public Library

Carpenters' Hall - site of the First Continental Congress

Independence Hall - site of Second Continental Congress & former home of the Liberty Bell

It was in this room that George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.  In the same room the design of the American flag was agreed upon in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and the U. S. Constitution was drafted in 1787. The "rising sun" chair used by George Washington as he presided over the Constitutional Convention is original.

The Liberty Bell

We went on a great carriage ride around Old Town Philadelphia.

Our horse, Napoleon.

This is Benjamin Franklin's bathroom pit.

Benjamin Franklin's grave - Christ Church graveyard

Christ Church Burial Ground

We ate in the City Tavern with period dressed servers and period foods.  Yummy!

Betsy Ross's house - oral history states that she sewed the first American Flag

Betsy Ross's grave

The First Bank of the United States - oldest bank in the US