3 Iconic Landmarks in Historical Philadelphia
King Charles II repaid a debt owed to William Penn’s father by signing over a partial of land, now known as Pennsylvania and Delaware, to the son William Penn. Penn founded the city of Philadelphia on October 27, 1682. The original geographical area of the city was the area located between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers that lies between South and Vine Streets currently. The original settlers built huts on higher ground or dug caves along the banks of the Delaware River. The city of Philadelphia is rich in history. A historical buff should not miss the following three iconic landmarks in Philadelphia.
- Independence Hall: The building was originally constructed as The Pennsylvania State House, but later became known as Independence Hall. The structure took 21 years to build. The Declaration of Independence was adopted within the walls of the structure. Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of the United States. The structure was designed by Andrew Hamilton and Edmund Wooley and built in the Georgian style of architect. The building is located along Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets. Tour schedules and ticket information is available on the website.
- Carpenter’s Hall: The First Continental Congress met in Carpenter’s Hall to contest the rule of the British in 1774. Robert Smith is the architect that designed Carpenter’s Hall. The structure also served as home to the first bank in the United States in 1791. Various rooms of the building have served in many capacities over the years. Visitors may view eight of the original Windsor chairs that seated the First Continental Congress and visit the bookstore located in the facility. Directions and a virtual tour are available online.
- The Liberty Bell: Originally, the Liberty Bell was placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House. Currently, the Liberty Bell is located in Independence National Park in Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell is a historical icon for freedom from British rule in America. The following verse from Leviticus 25:10 is inscribed on the bell, “Proclaim liberty through all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The crack in the bell occurred when it was first rung and has been recast twice since. The bell was utilized to call lawmakers and to alert citizens. Hours and information on Independence National Park available online.
*Photo courtesy of Second Floor Meeting Room in Independence Hall by Anne G. at Flickr’s Creative Commons.
About NT3RNT RITR
A traveler at heart, the writer enjoys traveling all over the south and hopes to one day expand his destinations.