Going All Over the Place

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displays at Fragments of Franklin Court

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.

Carpenters' Hall


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.
room of Thaddeus Kosciuszko
I thought this place would be a quickie like the Declaration House, but it was nothing like that. More about this place in the review here.

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.
portrait of Edgar Allan Poe
Then walked to the bus stop, and took the bus to get there. Good thing I did that, as it would have been a long walk, with almost no shade along the way.

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.
Chinese lion statues, at entry to Egyptian mummies room in Penn Museum
 

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.  

WalterC says:
They are just a fun way to visit places and get stamps as proof of being there. And learning of more places to visit within the US, that I would have otherwise, not known about.
Posted on: Jun 30, 2016
Paulovic says:
And these stamps are the most important, right?😉
Posted on: Jun 29, 2016
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displays at Fragments of Franklin …
displays at Fragments of Franklin…
Carpenters Hall
Carpenters' Hall
room of Thaddeus Kosciuszko
room of Thaddeus Kosciuszko
portrait of Edgar Allan Poe
portrait of Edgar Allan Poe
Chinese lion statues, at entry to …
Chinese lion statues, at entry to…
original wall at Fragments of Fran…
original wall at Fragments of Fra…
chamberpots, used as toilets
chamberpots, used as toilets
more artifacts on display
more artifacts on display
model of Carpenters Hall
model of Carpenters' Hall
colonial period furniture
colonial period furniture
inside Carpenters Hall
inside Carpenters' Hall
old tool box
old tool box
St. Pauls Episcopal Church (built…
St. Paul's Episcopal Church (buil…
rowhouses built in 18th century st…
rowhouses built in 18th century s…
more rowhouses
more rowhouses
rowhouses
rowhouses
Thaddeus Kosciuszko building
Thaddeus Kosciuszko building
bust of Thaddeus Kosciuszko
bust of Thaddeus Kosciuszko
Thaddeus Kosciuszko on horseback
Thaddeus Kosciuszko on horseback
desk of Thaddeus Kosciuszko
desk of Thaddeus Kosciuszko
cemetery by St. Peters Episcopal …
cemetery by St. Peter's Episcopal…
First Bank of the United States
First Bank of the United States
Edgar Allan Poe house, with scaffo…
Edgar Allan Poe house, with scaff…
bust of Edgar Allan Poe
bust of Edgar Allan Poe
parlor room in Poes house
parlor room in Poe's house
cellar, inspiration for The Black…
cellar, inspiration for "The Blac…
steps in cellar
steps in cellar
little statue of black cat
little statue of black cat
reading room
reading room
more NPS stamps for the day
more NPS stamps for the day
fountain at Penn Museum
fountain at Penn Museum
Buddhist figures from Six Dynastie…
Buddhist figures from Six Dynasti…
Buddhist altar, Japan
Buddhist altar, Japan
Luohan, China
Luohan, China
Chinese mural, under restoration w…
Chinese mural, under restoration …
sacrophagus lid, Egypt
sacrophagus lid, Egypt
mummy of Panehesy, with other arti…
mummy of Panehesy, with other art…
child mummy, Egypt
child mummy, Egypt
toys buried with child mummy
toys buried with child mummy
coffin of child mummy
coffin of child mummy
Etruscan artifacts
Etruscan artifacts
Greek vases
Greek vases
display of ancient Greek artifacts
display of ancient Greek artifacts
part of block, Rome
part of block, Rome
lyre, Iraq
lyre, Iraq
Puabis golden headdress and jewel…
Puabi's golden headdress and jewe…
Who was Puabi?
Who was Puabi?
gateway, Egypt
gateway, Egypt
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Interesting place, and worth visiting if time permits
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a museum that contains artifacts from around the world. More commonly known a… read entire review
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Definitely worth visiting for Poe fans, but not worth going out of your way for non-fans
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Out of the way, but very much worth it!
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A quick and hidden gem!
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