Along Arch Street in Old City

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Free Quaker Meeting House

With some time available, and this new high of being a tourist here, I decided to check out a few more sites here. I arrived into Center City, and passing by the Independence Hall Park area, which was crowded. Continued to Arch Street, where the first place that I stopped by, was the Free Quaker Meeting House.

Built in 1783, as the Free Quakers needed a place of worship after being split from the other Quakers, since the Free Quakers supported the Revolution, while the others believed that they needed to stay out of the war. I went inside, and looked around, but there is not much to see. A short display telling you who the Free Quakers are.

Afterwards, I went to the Christ Church Burial Ground. This was where Benjamin Franklin and a few other signers of the Declaration of Independence, were buried.

Christ Church Burial Ground
Turned out, it required a $2 admission, which I paid. And turned out again, that Franklin's grave, was actually visible from outside the grounds, through fence, which would have saved me a few dollars. I know it only a few dollars, but still, what a waste!

The rest of the burial grounds, just looked like a typical cemetery, with the different shapes of gravestones. I walked around quickly, feeling like an idiot, and just left. It really was not worth the money to pay, for something that could be done so quickly. I'd say, just look through the fence at Ben Franklin's grave for free.

Next, I went to the Arch Street Friends Meeting House, which is another place of worship for the Quakers. More about it in the review here.
Arch Street Friends Meeting House
But have to say, this one was more interesting than the other 2 sights so far.

Afterwards, I went to the Betsy Ross House, a museum on the woman who supposedly created the very first American flag there. And actually lived at that exact location as well. The story came out when Ross's grandson told it in to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1870, after hearing it from his aunt. Basically, hearing it from someone who heard it from someone, who heard from someone. It would become legend and part of history. Whether any of that story is actually true, we will never know, as there is no direct evidence either way. But don't tell that to the history teachers or the people at the attraction.

The attraction does not address this at all, despite the tease that it would. But I won't hold that against it.
Betsy Ross House
That was because I did look into it more, and it just confused me a lot more. I can only imagine it would confuse others as well.

The only things that were true, was that Ross was a Free Quaker, and a seamstress in Philly. And one of many to create flags for the American Revolution.

Looking around the courtyard, then I had to go inside the gift shop to pay admission, without the audioguide. I remember the last time I went inside, it was free. More about visiting the place in the review here.

After going through the house, which was very quick, I went outside, and it already started raining. I waited it out for a little bit, then headed back.

I did not exactly planned it this way, but I was able to check out some places along Arch Street.

cotton_foam says:
Congrats Walter!! I can tell this is a great blog that deserve recognition!
Posted on: Sep 28, 2013
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Free Quaker Meeting House
Free Quaker Meeting House
Christ Church Burial Ground
Christ Church Burial Ground
Arch Street Friends Meeting House
Arch Street Friends Meeting House
Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House
Free Quaker Meeting House sign
Free Quaker Meeting House sign
upper level in Free Quaker Meeting…
upper level in Free Quaker Meetin…
inside Free Quaker Meeting House
inside Free Quaker Meeting House
pews inside Free Quaker Meeting Ho…
pews inside Free Quaker Meeting H…
Christ Church Burial Ground
Christ Church Burial Ground
entrance to Christ Church Burial G…
entrance to Christ Church Burial …
Christ Church Burial Ground
Christ Church Burial Ground
Christ Church Burial Ground
Christ Church Burial Ground
Ben Franklins grave
Ben Franklin's grave
east wing of Arch Street Friends M…
east wing of Arch Street Friends …
west wing of Arch Street Friends M…
west wing of Arch Street Friends …
west wing of Meeting House
west wing of Meeting House
place of worship in Meeting House
place of worship in Meeting House
courtyard of Betsy Ross House
courtyard of Betsy Ross House
little tease
little tease
Betsy Ross herself
Betsy Ross herself
the Betsy Ross flag
the "Betsy Ross" flag
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