Going All Over the Place
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This day, I decided to visit 4 different places, with one of them being completely unplanned. A late start, as I would not get to the historical area until around 12:30pm. I decided to visit the Franklin Court again, as I did miss this part of the attraction, the Fragments of Franklin Court exhibit. I would not know about it, until I read about it online later on. So I had to make a return visit. I would see the original wall and some old toilet bowls. More on this in the review from before.
After the return visit to Franklin Court, I would head over to another site, which turned out to be a 15-minute walk. And walking on cobblestone was no fun at all. I would cut through a historical area, surrounded by old colonial buildings, in some type of park. And would see Carpenters' Hall along the way. I did not originally plan to visit this place, but decided to stop by, since it was on the way.
This was the site of the First Continental Congress in 1774, where delegates from the different colonies got together to figure out what to do next, after the passing of the Intolerable Acts (also known as the Coercive Acts), and whether independence would be a possibility. I looked around the place for a bit. More about this place in the review here.
After seeing Carpenters' Hall, I would take a walk through Society Hill, which was an old residential area, with a bunch of colonial-looking row houses. It looked really nice, and a bit more quieter than the Independence Hall area. And a lot more shaded, as it was hot.
I would arrive at the Thaddeaus Kosciuszko National Memorial. I went inside, and looked around the place. This was once the home of Thaddeaus Kosciuszko, who was a Polish military officer, and fought alongside the Continental Army against the British during the American Revolution.
After seeing this place, I went across the street to see St. Peter's Church. I looked around for a little bit, as the church building was closed. So I did not go inside. Then headed back, towards the visitor center.
I did pass by the First Bank of the United States, which was the first national bank building that was started by the first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Currently, it is not open, and I don't think it is even being used at all.
I went to the visitor center, to cool off for a bit. And ask for directions to the next place, the Edgar Allan Poe Historic Site.
I arrived there, and much to my disappointment, there was scaffolding around the building. So that made it look less attractive. I went inside, and looked around the only home that is still left standing in Philly. Edgar Allan Poe lived his most productive years in Philly, having written some of his short stories, like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat", while living there. I can remember having to read some of his stories while in middle school, but can't say that I am a fan of his. Still, he did leave a legacy, which would later influence people like Sir Arthur Canon Doyle and Alfred Hitchcock. More about this place in the review here.
After seeing the Poe home, my time was running out, as I headed to the Penn Museum. It would take a while to get there, as it was basically on the other side of the city. But I did have a membership pass which I borrowed from my local library, to use. And this would be the only time I would have, to visit this place.
Luckily, I have been to this place before, and even had photos of the place. But ended up losing them. Still, I did not mind, as I really liked this place. With the 50 minutes that I had left, I zipped through as much as I can, trying to snap as many photos as possible. I would go through the Asian part, then the Egyptian mummies section, zip through the ancient Mediterranean part, and even saw the Iraqi exhibition. But I obviously ran out of time. More about the Penn Museum and more photos in the review here.
After closing, it was time to head back home. I was able to do just about everything I planned to do, on a hot day. And got a few more NPS stamps.