Oct 29, 2008

Downtown Philadelphia

Our first day in Pennsylvania was spent in Philadelphia visiting historic sites. This was such a great experience and I recommend it to anyone!

This is Arthur Cavendish. He was the local theatre owner. He is a pretty wealthy fellow and has such great clothing because whenever the extremely wealthy get tired of their clothing they donate it to the theatre. Mr.Cavendish (being the theatre owner) gets first dibs on the great threads! Lucky Bloke. I thought he looked so great for his age!

This plaque was on the outside of the building where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States! So cool!!!

The red brick building were so beautiful. I think I could have spent an entire day photographing the beautiful historic buildings!

This is a side door entry to Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

This is Independence Hall. The building itself was so beautiful. There is a story where
John Hancock supposedly said that Congress, having signed the Declaration, must now "all hang together", and Benjamin Franklin replied: "Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
These men knew that they might pay the ultimate price for signing their names to this document and they signed it anyway. They believed in freedom, and I for one am so grateful for their faith, bravery and desire for independence.

The Liberty Bell was super cool to see too. It was just as I had imagined it!

If you would like to learn more about the bell and find out some really interesting stories about the bell follow this link. I learned a lot of new things about the bell and even discovered that some of the stories that I had been taught were very incorrect! The source of the inscription on the bell is Leviticus 25:10, which reads "And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family." I LOVE this inscription.

We didn't get to see a lot of Philadelphia but what we saw was beautiful. What a wonderful city. What we saw of it was very clean, friendly and just pleasant. There were old historic buildings surrounded by newer skyscrapers and shopping malls and I realized how grateful I am for the men and women who did remarkable things at these locations to ensure our liberty and freedom.

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