Declaration House

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599 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA
(215) 965-7676
Declaration House - John Hancock's signature
Declaration House - display on the Declaration of Independence
Declaration House - exterior (taken from
Declaration House - other room
Declaration House - one of the rooms
Declaration House - copy of Declaration of Independence
Declaration House - bust of Thomas Jefferson

Declaration House Philadelphia Reviews

WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
A quickie declaration! Jun 14, 2016
Located about a block away from the main historical sites, the Declaration House is a small attraction that has gone through many changes in its history. Sometimes referred to, as the Graff House, since it was first owned by Jacob Graff, Jr.

The original building was built in 1775. Graff would rent 2 rooms out to some guy named Thomas Jefferson, who would write the Declaration of Independence while staying there. It has gone through changes over the years, being a bank and a restaurant, until the National Park Services took ownership, and restored to its 1776 appearance. Judging from the pictures, it seemed like it has been torn down and rebuilt into something else multiple times. Hard to tell!

The attraction is very small, and can be done very quickly. Inside, there is a small display on the Declaration of Independence, which is not really much. And going upstairs, there are the 2 rooms that were rented out to Jefferson. Obviously, not the original rooms or period furniture, but replicas. And after that, that is pretty much it! For me, it took me around 20 minutes to see this place and I was done! For others though, it would probably take a lot less time!

A huge quickie, this attraction is worth a look for history buffs of the colonial era. And luckily, admission is free! So not a complete waste, and just another attraction to cross off your list. Still, not worth going out of your way to see it.

Also, it is currently only open during the summer months
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history of the house
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