Independence HallWe're back up in New Jersey for the summer and busy, so posting has been sporadic. Two of our friends from California are here and on Monday we took them for a sightseeing day in the historic area of Philadelphia. I grew up in South Philadelphia and was lucky to be so close to where our country was born. I thought a visit to the place where our Founder's formed our most perfect union, would be a nice thing to share with you in a post.
We started our day at the Visitor's Center, then off to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. What's especially nice is that there is no entrance fee to either of these sights. You just need a time ticket that tells you when to show up for your tour of Independence Hall.
One of the exhibits inside The Liberty Bell building.
Our first stop was The Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell is housed in a building across the street from Independence Hall and there is a big window behind the bell framing Independence Hall in the background. This is the best shot I could get because there were loads of visitors gathered around taking photos.
Our last stop was The National Constitution Center. None of us had been to the Constitution Center, so we saved it for the end (below).
One of the interesting exhibits in the Center was an actual tea chest that had been thrown overboard at the Boston Tea Party. It had been rescued out of the water on the next day by a 16 year old boy whose family kept it throughout the years. Another was a small bottle full of dried up tea leaves that had washed up on shore after the Boston Tea Party. I really wanted to take a photo of these, but no photo taking in the exhibit area was allowed.
They also have an autographed, typed version of Barack Obama's "race speech" that he gave at the Constitution Center in March 2008. I thought it would have been more realistic to just have the teleprompter in the display case.
There is one place inside the center that allows photographs. It's called the "Signer's Hall". Here we found life sized, bronze statues of the Founders that we could walk among and take photos with. I had my picture taken with George Washington and James Madison.
What I enjoyed most of all at the Constitution Center was their special exhibit for the summer called Ancient Rome & America. There were many artifacts from both the ancient Roman time and the Founder's time with comparisons and explanations about how the Founders looked to ancient Rome when forming our government. There were many old sculptures/busts of our Founders dressed in togas, which was a common way they were portrayed back then by artists. They also had Founding Father's personal copies of Roman classic books, remnants of Pompeii, gladiator artifacts, Roman jewelry, and many other interesting pieces.
The brochure says, "Ancient Rome & America showcases the cultural, political and social connections between the lost world of ancient Rome and modern America".
Ancient Rome was a Republic until they lost it. The big question written across the wall at the end of the tour is...
After a day of Liberty, Freedom and the wonderful story of our country's founding, this is what awaited us in stop and go traffic on I-95 South...