Visiting Founding Fathers

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Declaration House, with scaffolding

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.

Second Bank of the United States
It was chartered by James Madison in 1816, which was 5 years after the 1st one was shut down. There was a need for a national bank after the War of 1812, to handle the finances of the country, and deal with the war debt. It lasted 20 years, when Andrew Jackson shut it down in 1832.

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.
Franklin Court
He was a true Renaissance Man, and left a great legacy not only in this city, but the entire country as well.

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. 

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Declaration House, with scaffolding
Declaration House, with scaffolding
Second Bank of the United States
Second Bank of the United States
Franklin Court
Franklin Court
one of the rooms inside Declaratio…
one of the rooms inside Declarati…
other room inside Declaration House
other room inside Declaration House
Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark)
Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark)
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette
George Washington (one of a few in…
George Washington (one of a few i…
William Penn
William Penn
Martha Washington
Martha Washington
William Clark (of Lewis & Clark)
William Clark (of Lewis & Clark)
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
John Adams
John Adams
Old Court House (from 1825)
Old Court House (from 1825)
skeleton of Benjamin Franklins ho…
skeleton of Benjamin Franklin's h…
Benjamin Franklin Baches newspape…
Benjamin Franklin Bache's newspap…
description on newspaper office
description on newspaper office
printing press - 1
printing press - 1
printing press - 2
printing press - 2
artist rendition of Franklin at ag…
artist rendition of Franklin at a…
furniture with chess set
furniture with chess set
Franklins bifocals
Franklin's bifocals
sayings from Poor Richards Alamna…
sayings from Poor Richard's Alamn…
electrical apparatus
electrical apparatus
thunder house
thunder house
sedan chair, to carry Franklin at …
sedan chair, to carry Franklin at…
last life portrait of Franklin, at…
last life portrait of Franklin, a…
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