Visiting Founding Fathers
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I just decided to see some of the sites concerning the Founding Fathers, and would visit 3 different sites. Starting with the Declaration House.
The Declaration House was where Thomas Jefferson stayed during his time in Philly, and wrote the Declaration of Independence. Hence the name. I walked around the place, and it was disappointing to see some scaffolding around the building. When asking the National Parks ranger when the renovations will be complete, he had no idea. It does make the building less appealing to visit. I went through it really quickly. More about visiting this place in the review here.
After seeing the Declaration House, I went to the Second Bank of the United States, which is now a portrait gallery. As the name indicates, the building was originally the 2nd national bank in the country.
I went inside, and looked at the portrait gallery. More about that and more photos in the review here. After seeing the portrait gallery, I made a short walk to the Franklin Court.
The Franklin Court was where Benjamin Franklin made his home, when he came to Philly. He was originally from Boston, but ran away to Philly when wanting to do something different in his life, as he was not willing to be an apprentice in his brother's business. After that, he would become a well-rounded man, as he was a diplomat, inventor, writer, politician, and more things that I forgotten about.
And I have been to this place before, but that was before it had a major renovation a few years ago. I figured it would have an update, as the museum did show its age and had to adapt with the times, and some of the interactive things were not working. There are different parts of the Franklin Court, which include viewing spots to see the original foundation of his home, a printing office and a museum. More about all that in the review here.
After seeing this place, I just decided to head back home. It was a good day, and something to do, as it was a nice day. And while a bit hot, it was not humid at all.