Independence Hall - Philadelphia
This place gave me the chills. In a good way. Maybe I am the only one who geeks out on history but as I walked these streets, I had visions of what it must have felt like when the founding fathers lived, breathed, debated, convened, and created here! The cobblestone streets lend an air of history that immediately transports you to a different time. At least, it did me. This is the birthplace of America! The place where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were drafted and signed!We arrived early for our tour and let Gracie run around and get her wiggles out before we headed indoors. While we waited outside, we admired the beautiful Georgian architecture and this amazing clock!
It may look like Grace is posing with her Daddy, but really, he is holding on tight so she won't go knocking on that door behind her and try to get it :) Never a dull moment!
As we started the tour, the park ranger giving the tour had us in a room, giving us a background of the history of the place and the building itself. This large painting was front and center of the room, and I couldn't help but take a quick shot of it, because just minutes later...
...I would find myself standing in that exact room where the Declaration and the Constitution were signed. That chair you see at the head of the table in the center is the original chair that was made for George Washington, and has never been sat in my any other person but him.
The chair you see at the side of the table in the middle of the room is where Benjamin Franklin used to sit. He was at least 80 years old and could not walk, but was adamant that he would be present to sign these great documents, so he was carried into the Hall and into this room for that explicit purpose.
This is called the Assembly Room where the founding fathers discussed, debated, drafted and signed, and essentially, created The United States of America from scratch. A nation was founded. A people were born. The history and import this room holds is beyond compare. Abraham Lincoln's dead body lay here in repose for two days on its way to Illinois.
This is the Courtroom of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court built in the 1700s.
These other rooms are where the Senate met and discussed the issues of the day.
This was one of the Council Chamber Rooms at Independence Hall. If I did not do the best job at explaining the history, it's because Google does a much better job at that :) I am just recording pictures for my posterity :)