History in the Making
Philadelphia Historical Sites
More than 60 years ago, this museum - named after radio manufacturer, Atwater Kent - was established to chronicle the city and the locals who have contributed to its development. Visitors can view a collection of over 100,000 items.
Little did Betsy Ross know that her sewing skills would have a place in our history. Visit the house where she sewed the first U.S. flag. The home, which she and her husband John rented, is third only to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in visitors per year.
Once a state prison designed to change its inmates’ behavior through “confinement in solitude with labor”, the Eastern State Penitentiary is now a museum and historic site. Opened in 1829, an estimated 300 prisons copied the design of Eastern State Penitentiary. Learn about this facility, considered to be the most expensive and high tech prison of its day.
Thought to be the oldest residential street in American, Elfreth’s Alley was built in 1702 and was one of Philadelphia’s first working class neighborhoods. The 32 remaining homes represent the most intact 18th century streetscapes in the nation.
The only home ever owned by Benjamin Franklin, this residence was built between 1763 and 1765. Upon Franklin’s death in 1790, several descendants owned and passed down the house. Later, it was leased to a series of tenants before being torn down for commercial development in 1812. Today, a steel shell represents the structure and spot where the home once stood.
One of the most pivotal locations in the country, this Georgian style structure was constructed between 1732 and 1756 and served as the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. Peek into the room where George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775.
Think Philadelphia and the Liberty Bell springs to mind. Behold the famous bell in its glass chamber. It weighs approximately 2,000 pounds and is comprised of 75% copper, 25% tin and various parts of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver. Sit down for a video presentation on the bell.
Just blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, this museum is dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.