Independent Hall - Historical Sites in Philadelphia

Historical Landmarks

From the Liberty Bell to Eastern State Penitentiary there are so many historic Sites in Philadelphia to check out. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both signed at Independence Hall (520 Chestnut St.) even today you can see our rich country’s history practically come to life in the heart of Independence National Historic Park with actors dressed in historic garb. The Liberty Bell, located across the street, is on display and hundreds of tourists stop by every day to view what is now an iconic symbol of American freedom and liberty. Want to brush up on your constitutional knowledge? Don’t miss the National Constitution Center which brings the Constitution to life with high tech exhibits and interactive displays. The birthplace of the American Flag resides a mere steps away in an Old City home at the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch St.) This is the original house where the American Flag was sewn.

Amongst the quaint cobblestone streets it’s easy to miss Elfreth’s Alley often referred to as “our Nation’s Oldest Street”. The street dates back to 1702! Don’t miss the Declaration House (Graff House) at 7th and Market where Thomas Jefferson first penned the Declaration of Independence. In Old City you can also visit Christ Church where colonial America first separated from the Church of England.  For a more criminal take on history, head to Eastern State Penitentiary which is now a museum.  The building has so much history and you can take hours exploring its numerous corridors — you almost forget you’re in a prison. Previous convicts who did time within the walls of Eastern State include Willie Sutton and Al Capone. One of the most famous yearly events at Eastern State Penitentiary is Bastille Day where hundreds of spectators gather to recreate Marie Antoinette’s last days.

All of this exploring of American history can make one hungry so wrap up your day and dine 18th century style at City Tavern. Located right in the corner of Philadelphia’s historic district, City Tavern is known for its 18th century cuisine – offering the classic favorites of the founding fathers. Chef Walter Staib, head chef at City Tavern, is a Philadelphia legend with numerous award winning cookbooks, for the adult and child historian in your family and has made regular appearances on Food Network.