Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sentimental Sunday

In keeping with the theme of yesterday's post celebrating our nation's independence and my love for all things Benjamin Franklin, today's Sentimental Sunday will feature photos of Franklin's Philadelphia stomping grounds. In 2007 we made a trip to Philly to see the King Tut exhibit that made a stop there during the US leg of its world tour. (I love all these Ancient Egypt, too). Of course, while we were there we visited all the historic sites in Philly as well.

This picture shows the Post Office that Franklin ran on the left. It's still a working PO today. On the right is the door to a house that Franklin owned and rented out. You can see a sign hanging on the upper left had side of the door that says "To Let. See B. Franklin". Through this passage way is the site of Franklin's home. The house is no longer there, though a metal framed structure has been erected showing the placement and dimensions of the house. You can, however, see what was once the kitchen of the house (now below ground level) that has been excavated. There is also a small museum housed in a building off to the right (out of the frame). The following sign is posted in the passageway:

It was a real thrill for me to walk in the footsteps of someone I admire so much. Madeleine, in the picture above, was somewhat less thrilled (based on the bored expression on her face). The thrill of history is lost on most kids I guess.


Ginger said...

I like to imagin Ben Franklin the way he is portrayed in 1776, the musical. He's a crude but happy smartass in the movie - a bit cynical and very very witty.


FranticMommy said...

You have been to the NEASTEST places Pam. I am in total envy of you. :)

Ronnica said...

That's really neat. I love going to historical places.


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