I’m not sure that either of us had much expectation of Philadelphia, good or bad. Neither of us has ever been here before, and certainly we are not seeing anything but a corner of the city, along Market Street where the Independence National Historical Park is, but I have to say that our Tuesday activities were a real treat.
As opposed to colonial Williamsburg which seems just a bit too precious, too overprocessed, here the National Park Service and local groups have done a masterful job of interpreting the 18th century city in the midst of a modern downtown.
Of course, the history behind much of what we saw today is familiar. I have, in the recent past, taught colonial history and independence at the undergrad and graduate levels, but seeing the actual sites, that is another thing entirely.
|Gotta start with Independence Hall, site of the creation of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States|
|The Second Bank of the US, Mr. Madison's answer to Hamilton's First Bank which he had let lapse, disastrously, in 1811|
|A recreation of New Hall, seat of the War Department|
|The streetscape over time|
|His printing shop|
|The printshop and next to it The Aurora, an incendiary Jeffersonian paper published by Benjamin Franklin Bache, Franklin's grandson.|
|This lovely building, Carpenter's Hall, is not a recreation but is the actual space where the first Continental Congress met in '74|
|Interior front door|
|Front of the building|
|18th century streetscape along Walnut Street|
|Rosa gets screened before entering Independence Hall and wins a fan|
|Can't have too many images of this building|
I’m not sure there is too much more to say really. We return Wednesday and hope to get a somewhat broader view of the city and on Thursday we are off to Warwick, New York to visit family.