Before your indulgent Thanksgiving dinner we recommend embarking on the IC’s Pre-Thanksgiving Philly Historical Tour!
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.), 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 an old prison turned 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.
Continue your pre-Thanksgiving Philly Historical tour by visiting historical sites of famed former residents. During your time in Philly you’ll see plenty of references to famous resident Benjamin Franklin. Visit the Benjamin Franklin Museum (317 Chestnut St.). The museum features tons of artifacts and exhibits which highlight his fascinating life. They even have rooms at the museum which represent different aspects of Franklin’s personality! Another famous resident was Edgar Allen Poe. Stop by the Edgar Allen Poe National historic Site (532 N. 7th St.) where Poe actually lived with his wife Virgina for 1 year. During this time he wrote The Black Cat. The site is open Friday- Sunday.
Philadelphia is the perfect place to spend your time leading up to Thanksgiving. We’re thankful we are in a city that is brimming with historical landmarks and fascinating sights to see.