Did you know that the official birthplace of the United States is Philadelphia? Or that it’s the city where all founding fathers were born? And that the Declaration of Independence was signed here? If you’re not a history buff, you may not have ever known!
However, if you’ve walked around the city, you’ve surely noticed the rich history perfectly reflected in the fine, original buildings, as well as the unique museums.
Although not well defined and lacking specific boundaries, Historic Philadelphia covers several parts of Old City, all of the Center city neighborhoods, and includes the Independence National Historic Park. It’s a fascinating area that manages to attract hundreds of visitors annually and amaze many more locals.
Take a closer look at some of the top 10 historic attractions in Philadelphia:
Liberty Bell is one of the most important landmarks of the city. It symbolizes the freedom of Philadelphia. The universal cracked bell as well as information about its history and its significance for the American people can be admired by both locals and visitors.
This is the famous historic building where the all mighty Declaration of Independence was signed. Entrance is free 10 out of the 12 months of the year, only charging a small fee during the months of March and December to visit.
The National Constitution Center
This impressive locale features a wide array of exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, all related to American history. Every once in a while, you’ll find it being altered and dressed for a one of a kind show.
The Franklin Court
Striking in both history and façade, this court was once a part of Benjamin Franklin’s home, but was unfortunately torn down in the beginning of the 1800s. Today, it is now known as Franklin Court, and doubles as a museum that features different objects that belonged to Benjamin Franklin.
Strolling down Elfreth’s Alley is like walking into the past. The charming street is one of the oldest and most picturesque in America, filled with historical homes, museums and plenty of other exciting details.
Betsy Ross House
Even though no one can say for sure if Betsy Ross lived in the house, the site is still remembered as a remarkable historical location that includes various artifacts and references about the flag maker. Fully furnished, the 250-year home is certainly a dazzling attraction you ought to check out!
Christ Church & Christ Church Burial Ground
The Christ Church & Christ Church Burial Ground was founded in 1695 and is the place where many American leaders were buried. Various tours are available for visitors who want to know more about their history and influence.
American Philosophical Society Museum
One cannot live or leave Philadelphia without visiting the American Philosophical Society Museum. Founded in 1743 by the favorite son of Benjamin Franklin, this location was dedicated to scientific study. Today, it also includes exhibitions related to art and history.
It’s where the First Continental Congress met in 1774 for the very first time. It also served as home for the Library Company of Philadelphia and a venue for American Philosophical Society meetings.
The Declaration House
It may not be common knowledge that The Declaration House used to be known as the Graff House, after its previous owner Jacob Graff, yet it is an extremely important historical landmark because of Jefferson and his most famous published literary work, the Declaration of Independence.