Downtown Historical Philadelphia is all within walking distance. In about four city blocks you can visit The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin’s print shop and gave site, and Betsy Ross’s house. There are several tours you can take, including a hop on-hop off bus tour.
Betsy Ross’s house: Betsy Ross was a pioneer woman entrepreneur who madegreat contributions to the Revolutionary War. Not only is she credited with making the first America flag, she also owned a sewing shop, and made bullets for the Revolutionary Soldier. Her house was thin and long, consisting of three floors, because the tax rate in Philadelphia was based on the width of your home. She was married three times, widowed twice, and had to support her seven children.
Considered by many as one of America’s greatest citizens, the industrious BenFranklin left his mark on Philadelphia. Founding Father, publisher, inventor, firefighter, ambassador starts a list of a life dedicated to improving life others in his beloved city. You can visit his home on Franklin Court, his printing press, the first fire station in the United States and his gravesite, (where people leave a penny on the stone).
The Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom, was cast in London, England, but recast by John Pass and John Stow because of a defect. Originally hung in the tower of Independence Hall, the bell now resides in its own building across the street. It weighs 2080 and is made of 70% copper. The original inscription read, Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof. Leviticus 25:10.
Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debatedand ratified at Independence Hall when Philadelphia was our Nation’s capital. The assembly room is the same, including George Washington’s famous “rising sun” chair, as when the signers made history. Next, you can take about twenty steps to Congress Hall, where John Adams, second president of the United States was inaugurated. Tickets are required, but are free. You can reserve tickets ahead of your visit or just go to the Independence Visitors Center for times available. http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com/historical-sites/independence-hall